A former Army Scout Ranger who fled after being charged with the murder of his own brother in Virac in June 2011 has been recaptured by the police in Bacolod City.
Catanduanes PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Eduardo Chavez said Domingo Ternida Tablo, 53, was apprehended on the basis of the warrant issued by RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras in connection with Criminal Case No. 4513. Intelligence reports had claimed Tablo was hiding somewhere in barangay Daga, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental where his wife’s family resides.
The victim’s wife, Cielo, reportedly sought the help of Cadiz City jail warden Inspector Alexander Sy, who in turn coordinated with Bacolod City Police Station 5 chief Senior Inspector Ritchie Gohee. Gohee tolt the media that he searched the Facebook page of Domingo’s elder daughter and learned from the pictures posted there that he lived in Barangay 35. Senior Insp. Ritchie Gohee, along with six other lawmen, grabbed Tablo while he was refueling at a gas station.
It may be recalled that last June 9, 2011, the body of Maximino Tablo, 42, a resident of barangay Valencia, was discovered by three Virac Water District as well as his wife Cielo and two others in sitio Padurog, barangay Sto. Niño at 2 P.M. of the same day.
Cielo earlier called VIWAD officer-in-charge Engr. Elmer Macenas at 1:15 P.M. to ask for help in looking for her husband as he (Maximino) failed to arrive at noon. The missing worker’s motorcycle still parked near the trail, with two boys accidentally discovering his body covered with dried leaves and placed on a small depression near a clump of bamboo. A policeman had earlier walked by the body, which bore three gunshot wounds on the left part of the chest, and failed to see it.
SOCO operatives found a Cal. 45 shell lying amidst the bloodstains five meters away. Ballistic tests later proved that the shell was fired by a gun registered in Domingo’s name. The victim’s wife also claimed that two days earlier, Maximino had a heated argument with his elder brother Domingo when the latter refused to give him his share from the family’s rice field.