THE Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) headed by Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve scored big in its mission to launch more intelligence-driven operations to account for the country’s most wanted criminals and other Enemies of the State in 2019 earning it kudos from the PNP leadership headed by PNP Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa.
This year, Gen. Gamboa has instructed Monsalve to fully supervise all ongoing PNP-IG operations to put into jail most wanted persons especially those involved in terrorism and other heinous crimes but at the same time called on the country’s spooks to be ready to defend themselves once their lives are put into danger by ‘armed and dangerous criminals.’
Last year saw the PNP-IG with its motto ‘Por La Patria’ or ‘For the Fatherland’ scoring major success in its bid to become a highly capable, effective and credible intelligence unit.
In 2019, PNP-IG agents gained headway in the PNP’s campaign against terrorism leading an investigation which led in the identification of the prime suspect in the twin ‘suicide bombings’ that killed 23 people in Jolo, Sulu on January 27, 2019 and in arresting two suspected Islamic militants believed to be out to conduct terror bombings in Metro Manila during an operation in Quezon City.
As a member of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the group also stepped-up their campaign against wanted New People’s Army members, helping the government account for more than 200 rebels who surrendered to avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration or E-CLIP program of the Duterte government.
The group also played a major role in the solution of the murder of Ako Bikol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort on December 22, 2018 after facilitating the surrender of one of the suspects who eventually provided vital information that resulted in the identification and capture of his cohorts.
Last year, the PNP-IG helped ‘neutralize’ 794 wanted personalities including 281 members of different threat groups, 318 most wanted persons, 188 other criminal elements and seven rogues in uniform.
Among the threat group members arrested or shot dead as a result of PNP-IG-led operations were 15 members of the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements in the Southern Philippines, one foreign terrorist and 265 members of the NPA.
On the campaign against most wanted persons and other criminal elements, the group led operations which resulted in the capture of 85 most wanted persons in the regional level, 28 of them the subject of monetary reward totaling P4.175 million, 193 in the provincial level, 33 in the city level, seven in the municipal level, 10 undocumented foreign nationals and 33 other wanted persons.
The Group also helped arrest 38 criminal gang members, 10 known drug personalities, 10 members of private armed groups and 86 others for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
This year, the Group is embarking on another mission to help the government finally put an end to the communist insurgency and Islamist terror groups by helping win the battle against its legal fronts and know well their movements, activities and tactics.
The PNP-IG has in its repository a wealth of raw data which are being thoroughly collated and analyzed by its men for actual operations. The goal is to have intelligence-led, intelligence-directed and intelligence-driven policing in the country.
Monsalve said that apart from helping neutralize some of the country’s most wanted terrorists and other enemies of the State, they also see to it that most wanted persons in the country won’t be able to hide from the long arms of the law.
“My order for my men is to account for more most wanted persons in their areas and see to it that their jurisdiction won’t be a safe haven for fugitives from the law. We are out to prove to all and sundry that there’s no place to hide for criminals in our country,” the veteran PNP intelligence officer said.
Last year, the PNP-IG helped account for hundreds of most wanted criminals including elusive NPA guerrillas, Abu Sayyaf bandits and other persons wanted for involvement in major criminal offenses including murder, rape and robbery-holdup.
The PNP-IG is also known for providing timely and adequate intelligence information to different PNP units tasked to secure major international and local events from any threats posed by criminals and terrorists. Intelligence information supplied by the PNP-IG to other PNP units have led to the successful holding of past international and domestic events like the Miss Universe pageant, the Papal Visit, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, the Feast of Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila; and the Sinulug Festival in Cebu.