The Manila Police District (MPD) identified Tanto, a 39-year-old Army reservist, as the driver of the Hyundai Eon who killed Mark Vincent Garalde after they had a heated argument and came to blows because the bike-riding Garalde was nearly hit by the suspect’s car.
Tanto was given up to 5 p.m. on Wednesday to appear before the police. The MPD director, Senior Supt. Joel Coronel, said the suspect may bring along a lawyer should he present himself.
But Coronel said they were ready to use force to find Tanto “dead or alive.”
The official said Tanto was being considered “extremely dangerous”.
Tanto, who has yet to surface as of press time on Wednesday, was tagged as the suspect based on eyewitness accounts and security camera videos of the incident on P. Casal Street, according to Senior Insp. Rommel Anicete, the MPD homicide division chief.
The suspect allegedly used a .45-caliber pistol. A now-viral video showed Tanto shooting him in the head and firing again even with the victim already down.Tanto became a reservist in 2014, according to Army records. Hao said Tanto had no government-issued firearm.