Philippines’ most wanted person arrested in Pampanga

Manila: A former Philippine congressman and religious cult leader was arrested Thursday over his wife’s killing and corrupt practices, police said, ending a years-long manhunt.

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Ruben Ecleo, 60, was head of a group called the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association when his wife’s remains were found in a bin bag at the bottom of a ravine on the central island of Cebu in 2002.

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He was arrested months later in a police raid on his home on the island of Dinagat, during which 17 people were killed.

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Ecleo was bailed in 2004 and won a House of Representatives seat in 2010 – held up as an example of an infamous culture of impunity in the country, where the rich and powerful are rarely held to account.

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In 2012, a year after he stopped attending the trial, a Cebu court convicted him of parricide and sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

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Manila police described Ecleo as the “#1 Top Most Wanted Person” in the Philippines.

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A police report said he was arrested Thursday at a gated housing enclave in the northern city of Angeles, where he had been living under another name.

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His driver was also detained for trying to obstruct Ecleo’s arrest, police added.

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In 2006, another court convicted Ecleo of corruption committed when he was a town mayor in Dinagat in the early 1990s.

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Police said they used an arrest warrant issued over the graft case to detain Ecleo after a lengthy stake-out.

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Ecleo became leader of his religious group, which claims millions of adherents, after the 1987 death of his namesake father, who had founded the group in 1965.

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