Quiapo road rage suspect Vhon Martin Tanto arrived at the Manila Police District at 6:52 a.m. on Saturday, July 30, following an overnight trip from Masbate, where he was arrested on Friday, July 29.
Tanto shot and killed bicycle rider Mark Vincent Garalde, 35, along P. Casal Street in Quiapo, Manila last Monday night, July 25. The encounter was caught on CCTV camera. Tanto was eventually identified through the car he was driving, a red Hyundai Eon.
On Wednesday, July 27, Manila Police District (MPD) Director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel gave Tanto until 5 p.m. to surrender to the authorities. A manhunt was launched when Tanto failed to meet the surrender deadline.
On Thursday, July 28, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Highway Patrol Group found the Tanto's vehicle in Barangay Kinangay, in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.
At around 11:40 a.m. on Frday, July 29, a joint team of Army intelligence agents and local police found him in a house in Barangay Poblacion East, Milagros, Masbate. A report from The Philippine Star revealed that Tanto still had a blackened left eye, reportedly resulting from his altercation with Garalde.
Surrender and arrest
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla disclosed, "Tanto did not resist arrest and peacefully joined the team that accosted him."
Upon his arrest, Tanto was brought to the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Battalion where he was turned over to MPD investigators handling the murder case against him. They then traveled to Manila.
An ABS-CBN News crew managed to interview Tanto sometime after his arrest. He claimed that the altercation started when his car and Garalde's bike nearly collided.
"Binaba ko yung salamin sa kanang banda sabi ko, 'Kuya pasensya ka na kasi di ko naman sinasadya at tsaka di naman tayo nagpang abot.' Sabi ko sa kanya dapat mag-iingat kayo kasi dapat ang bisikleta, sa gilid lang. Bigla akong minura, sabi niya, 'Gago ka pala eh.' Sabi ko kuya huwag kang magmura. Hanggang sa patuloy pa rin ang pagmumura niya," narrated Tanto.
Tanto went on to say, "Nung sinabi niya na, 'Gusto mo basagin ko pa ang salamin mo,' dun na ako napikon. Tsaka may dugo na ako noon kasi may tumamang matigas na bagay sa akin. Kaya hilo hilo na ako noon. Nag-sorry na ako sa kanya, minumura pa rin ako. Nag-pangabot na kami. Llamado siya, matangkad ba. Hanggang sa ni-lock niya ako. Makikita naman po sa CCTV."
Although Tanto has been identified in reports as an Army reservist, CNN Philippines clarified he is actually "an inactive reservist with the Philippine Army's Community Defense Center in Caloocan City." He has not reported there since last year.
Tanto will also most likely face added charges as Rocel Bondoc, 18, got hit by a stray bullet from one of the shots he fired at Garalde. Moreover, it was revealed in another report from The Philippine Star that he did not have a permit to carry firearms outside residence. Tanto's gun license has since been revoked.