Authorities have released sketches of three more suspects in the killing of Negros Occidental judge Henry Arles, bringing the number of suspects to five.

Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, Negros Occidental Provincial Police spokesman, said among the three is a man with a possible identifying mark on the left eye.

The man, who used a bandage on his left eye and wore a helmet at the time of the killing, maybe the driver of the tricycle used to ambush Arles in Ilog town last April 24, Santotome said.

The two others were not wearing helmets and one of them maybe the gunman, said Santotome, who is also acting chief of the provincial police’s investigation branch.

Earlier, police released sketches of a man and a woman who were seen roaming near Arles’ office in Kabankalan City, apparently studying the judge’s daily habits and pattern of travelling before the murder.

Meanwhile, Santotome said Arles’ family and friends announced a P1.2-million reward for those who can lead authorities in arresting the suspects.

Arles’ daughter, Atty. Ria Arles, said their family is offering P1 million while her father’s fellow members of the judiciary pitched in for an additional P200,000.

The younger Arles also revealed that they suspect an “influential” family in the province’s sixth district of having a hand in her father’s death.

“Subject for confirmation pa ito, hindi naman siya (Ria Arles) nagbigay ng specifics,” Santotome said.

During a case conference in Camp Montelibano, Arles’ daughter also read a letter from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, which conveyed the rebel group’s sympathy to the family of whom it described as a fair judge. (John Roson)

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