The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested the five suspects, three of them policemen, for the death of a woman found inside a drum in Escolta, Manila last week.
In a report by John Consulta on Balitanghali, NBI Anti Organized and Transnational Crime Division chief Atty. Manuel Eduarte said the five suspects were apprehended in five different operations.
The report said the five suspects were traced after the NBI reviewed several CCTV footage and deployed almost 100 operatives to keep an eye on several branches of an undisclosed bank.
The NBI identified those arrested as Inspector Elgie Jacobe, Police Officers 1 Edmon Gonzales and Mark Jay delos Santos, former Bureau of Corrections intelligence agent Domingo Balanquit, and a civilian named Empire Salas.
Charges of kidnapping and murder will be filed against the suspects.
The woman's body was placed in a blue drum found floating by Metropolitan Manila Development Authority workers near the agency's ferry station in Escolta last Friday.
The victim was later identified as 56-year-old Adora Lazatin. According to investigations, the suspecs strangled the victim to death last Monday, April 4.
The NBI said that Jacobe was the leader of the group. It said that its agents caught the police officer withdrawing from an automated teller machine using the victim's card in Parañaque last Saturday.
The report said that according to the victim's family, Lazatin was supposed to meet an interested buyer of her property in Las Piñas City.
During investigations, it was revealed that Jacobe posed as the property's buyer.
Jacobe and the other members of the group took Lazatin's ATM card and killed her after the supposed meeting.
The NBI agents seized the cash withdrawn by Jacobe.
The other items seized from the suspects include guns, several masks, and the two vehicles used during the crime.