BUSTED. A Danish national is now in a lockup facility of the Valencia, Negros Oriental police station following his arrest late Monday (Feb. 6, 2023). He and his Filipino live-in partner and another Filipino male were arrested and detained in relation to the shooting-to-death of the Valencia mayor's younger brother. (Photo courtesy of the Valencia Police Station)

DUMAGUETE CITY – A Danish national, his Filipino common-law wife and a third suspect in the shooting to death of the brother of a Negros Oriental town mayor were arrested by the police hours after the victim’s cadaver was found early Monday in the municipality of Valencia.

Maj. Roger Quijano, Valencia police chief, told the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday that the foreign national and his live-in partner were arrested Monday afternoon while the other suspect, a Filipino male from this city, was nabbed the following morning.

They were identified as Tim Moerch, 45, a Danish national temporarily residing in Valencia, his partner, Myla Ozoa Cagasan, 40, of Barangay Cadawinonan and John Edward Remollo, alias Wolverine, a resident of Barangay Looc, all in this capital city.

Police investigation showed that based on witnesses' testimonies, the victim, Don Paulo Teves, was with the three suspects at the foreign national’s rented house in West Balabag, Valencia on Sunday evening, prior to the discovery of his body, Quijano said.

The witnesses further said they heard what sounded like a gunshot from inside the foreigner’s house.

“It was not immediately known who pulled the trigger as the three suspects had conflicting versions of the incident. The victim and the suspects are known to each other and sometimes hang out together,” Quijano said in mixed English and Cebuano.

Teves, 42, is the younger brother of Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves Jr. and the son of the former Mayor Edgar Teves Sr. of the same town.

His body was found wrapped in a blanket and plastic at a dumpster alongside the road in Purok 3 in Barangay Calayugan, Valencia.

Quijano said a single gunshot wound from behind his left ear had caused his instant death.

Scene of the Crime Operation personnel said a 5.56mm bullet pierced through Teves’ head.

Police dug up a homemade 5.56mm revolver from the Danish national’s rented house following the Filipino woman’s revelation, Quijano said.

A personal grudge is being eyed as the motive in Teves’ killing. Investigators noted of a previous conflict between the victim and the Dane which was recorded in a police blotter, he added. (PNA)