The red Hyundai Eon car of biker killer suspect, Von Tanto was found in Nueva Viscaya following the intensified manhunt against him. This latest development comes after the Manila Police District (MPD) has positively identified him as the one who shot and killed Mark Vincent Geralde last Monday, July 25 shortly after their fist fight.
According to Senior Superintendent Leumar Abugan of the Nueva Vizcaya Police Provincial Office (NVPPO), Von Tanto’s car was found at Purok 3, Barangay Kirang in the municipality of Aritao, at around 5 am this Thursday, July 28. However, it no longer bears its conduction sticker number MO 3745, which was earlier misidentified as MO 3746.
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Based on the on-going investigation, Vhon Martin Tanto (also known as Skyon Tonsky on his Facebook page) left his car at the house of his 39-year old brother-in-law named Jonathan Leano, who is also being considered as “person of interest”, and will be later brought to to Camp Crame for further questioning about his possible knowledge about the crime.
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Tanto, a Philippine Army Reservist, reportedly ask him to take him to to the Pink Country (Florida Bus) stop in Barangay Banganan, also in Aritao. The suspect said that he plans to go to Bataan on Wednesday morning (July 27), two days after the Quiapo road rage incident. He then boarded a Florida bus going to Sampaloc-Cubao via SCTEX.
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This Wednesday, Philippine Army (PA) chief Lt. Gen. Eduardo Año confirmed that Von Tanto is a member of the Army’s reserve force and has a rank of Private. According to him, he is assigned at the 1301st Community Defense Center, National Capital Regional Community Defense Group of the Army Reserve Command in Caloocan City.
In line with this, former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada is now offering a P100,000 reward money to anyone who can provide information about Tanto’s whereabouts. Meanwhile, the recovered vehicle will be turned over to the of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) headquarters in Camp Crame.