By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan

CHARRED. The modern jeepney burned by four men in Catanauan, Quezon province on Jan. 31, 2024. The police nabbed the suspects in a follow-up operation in Mulanay town on Thursday (Feb. 1). (Photo courtesy of APC-SL)

MANILA – Authorities nabbed four suspects in the burning of a modern jeepney in Quezon province.

In a report on Friday, Lt. Gen. Rhoderick Armamento, director of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Area Police Command-Southern Luzon (APC-SL), said the suspects Ernesto Orcine, Noel Mariano, Dominic Ramos, and Jade Francis Castro, were arrested in a follow-up operation in Mulanay, Quezon on Thursday.

The police launched the operation after receiving information that the suspects were staying at a resort in Barangay Butanyog in Mulanay town.

The suspects were also identified by the driver, bus conductor, and one of the passengers, Armamento said.

Initial investigation showed the modern jeepney, which is owned by Gumaca Transport, was pulled over by four men wearing bonnets in Barangay Dahican, Catanauan, Quezon on Wednesday night.

The suspects ordered the driver and the passengers to disembark and then hurled a Molotov bomb into the vehicle.

The suspects are detained at the Catanauan Municipal Police Station and would face charges of arson. (PNA)