Batocabe's alleged killer surrenders in Sorsogon

MANILA, Philippines – Henry Yuson, the alleged gunman who killed AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, has surrendered to authorities on Thursday, January 3.

In a phone interview with Rappler, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus said Yuson turned himself in to the Army unit of Sorsogon and was handed over to the police on Thursday evening.

The Philippine National Police earlier claimed that he was a former New People's Army (NPA) rebel who used a .40 caliber pistol to kill Batocabe. Police also filed a double murder and multiple frustrated murder complaints against him before the Albay Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

It is unclear how many times Yuson shot the congressman. Batocabe suffered 8 gunshot wounds, accounting for 4 entry and 4 exit bullet wounds.

Yuson is allegedly part of the 6-man hit team organized to kill Batocabe, supposedly gathered by Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo.

Baldo has since denied the allegations of cops that he was behind the killing of Batocabe, claiming that he was merely being used as a scapegoat of the crime.

The police only suspects 2 gunmen among the hit team. The other gunman has been identified by police as Rolando Arimado, who remains at large. –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.