2 nabbed for shabu suspects in killing of couple in Quiot

TWO men who were arrested in separate buy-bust operations in Cebu City were identified as the ones responsible for the killing of live-in partners Pinky Jane Cediño and James Jimenez, who were found dead in a bushy area in Upper Greenbelt, Barangay Quiot, around 11 a.m. of October 21, 2022.

The suspects were identified as embalmer Desiderio Prajes Bien alias Jese, 49, a widower who has been listed as a high-value individual, of Sitio Beltran, Barangay Quiot, and Jimmy Radaza Arnaiz alias Robot, of Sitio Liberty, Barangay Quiot.

Bien was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Monday, November 7, in Sitio Groto, Barangay Quiot, while Arnaiz, who sidelined as motorcycle-for-hire (habal-habal) driver, was caught on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Sitio Liberty.

Bien yielded 12 grams of shabu worth P81,600, while another 10 grams of same substance worth P68,000 and a .45 pistol with six live bullets were confiscated from Arnaiz’s possession.

Major Janelito Marquez, chief of Labangon Police Station, said in an interview with SunStar Cebu that the two suspects were pointed by some witnesses as the ones responsible in the killing of Cedino and Jimenez, who allegedly did not remit the proceeds from the drug sales.

The two, however, denied the accusations against them.

Bien said he was on duty when the crime took place.

Marquez said the suspects reportedly belong to a gun-for-hire group.

"Naa daw nibayad nila wala sab mitug-an pila suhol pagpatay! Unya nagtulod-tulod kinsa nila ang mipusil," Marquez said.

(Somebody hired them to kill (the victims) but they refused to reveal how much they received for the job. They also kept on pointing fingers at each other).

Marquez said that according to a witness, the suspects and the victims agreed to meet at a lover’s lane in Upper Greenbelt.

Once there, the suspects brought the victims to a bushy area where th latter were shot dead.

Marquez described the case as solved.

A double murder case was filed against the suspects on Wednesday. (GPL, TPT)