A FORMER member of the Philippine National Police (PNP) allegedly facing rape charges and reportedly number 6 in the list of ‘most wanted’ in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya, was arrested in a joint operation conducted by the Manila Police District and the Solano Police Station in Nueva Vizcaya the other night.
District Police Intelligence Operations Unit head, Chief Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr. led the operation in the hiding place of the suspect, identified as former PO3 Licerio dela Cruz Defensor, 52, who used to be assigned at the Ifugao Police Provincial Office and residing at Purok 2, Bgy. Curitang Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
The arrest was based on a warrant of arrest issued last July 29, 2009 by Merianthe Zuraek, Presiding Judge of the Bayombong Regional Trial Court Second Judicial Region where the ex-cop is said to be facing a case of sexual assault and rape under criminal case no. 6092-6093.
The accused was said to have been dismissed from the service following the filing of charges against him and had since gone into hiding.