Wanted ex-Gapan mayor arrested

Posted at 01/31/2013 5:17 PM | Updated as of 01/31/2013 7:57 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) -- A former mayor wanted for a multiple murder case in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija in 2006 was arrested in Quezon City Thursday, police said.

Former Gapan City Mayor Ernesto Natividad was nabbed inside the Urology Center of the Philippines along Maginoo St. in Barangay Central, Teacher's Village, Quezon City at around noon.

He was arrested by operatives of the Regional Intelligence Unit - National Capital Region (RIU-NCR) and Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 10 led by Senior Supt. Elmer Pelobello and Senior Supt. Marcelino Pedrozo, chief of QCPD Station 10, after being served a warrant of arrest for multiple murder charges.

Pedrozo said Natividad will be brought to Camp Crame.

The former mayor has been tagged as the mastermind behind the killings of five family members of a political rival in Gapan City in 2006.

Two sons and three other relatives of Rodrigo "Boy" Pascual were killed inside a cockpit arena by alleged gunmen of Natividad.

A P1-million bounty was offered by Pascual for Natividad's arrest last year.

Police said Natividad was the most wanted criminal in Region 3. -- Reports from Edwin Sevidal and Robert Mano, dzMM