Authorities arrested the “prime suspect” in the killing of Maitum, Sarangani, Mayor George Yabes almost five years ago during an operation in Cotabato City earlier this week, police reported Thursday.

Chief Insp. Resty Damaso, Soccsksargen regional police spokesperson, identified the suspect as Monding Binasing alias Mongs and Jomong Mandanding, 39, of Sitio Bobong, Brgy. Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City.

Binasing was arrested around 1 p.m. Tuesday by members of the Regional Intelligence Division, Special Action Force, and Army 5th Infantry Battalion near the corner of Tamontaka-Bobong Road and Sinsuat Ave., Damaso said in a statement.

Binasing is currently detained at the General Santos City Police Station 3, where investigators will interview him on the whereabouts of his co-accused, Damaso added.

Yabes was shot dead in front of the South Cotabato Electric Cooperative office in Purok Saranay, Brgy. Poblacion, Maitum, on November 11, 2006. (John Roson)

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