APART from helping neutralize some of the country’s most wanted terrorists and other Enemies of the State, members of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) also see to it that most wanted persons in the country won’t be able to hide from the long arms of the law, officials told the Journal Group yesterday.
Last year, the PNP-IG helped account for hundreds of most wanted criminals including elusive New People’s Army rebels, 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.
However, apart from providing so-called ‘intelligence packets,’ the PNP-IG is also involved in the accounting of fugitives in the country as part of its own effort to keep the streets safe from wanted persons and allow Filipinos to sleep safely in their homes 24/7.
Last week alone, PNP-IG agents under Senior Superintendent Edgar S. Monsalve captured four most wanted persons in the country with a combined reward of P665,000 following separate manhunt operations in the countryside.
“These arrests are part of our ongoing intensive effort to account for most wanted persons in the country in line with the Letter of Instruction Manhunt-Charlie of the PNP ordered by PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde,” said Monsalve.
One of the suspects identified as Rey Macaampang alias ‘Riga,’ the most wanted person in Region 12 with a P300,000 bounty on his head was arrested in his hiding place in Bgy. Polayagan in Alamada, North Cotabato last Tuesday by members of the PNP-IG Regional Intelligence Unit 15 with the help of the local police.
The suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Francisco Rabang on the Midsayap Regional Trial Court Branch 18. No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the suspect.
The second identified as Michael John Leal was captured yesterday morning by members of the PNP-IG RIU 4-B and RIU 10 in his hiding place in Zone 1, Bgy. Poblacion in Opol, Misamis Oriental.
Monsalve said the suspect is wanted for rape with no bail recommended by Judge Rodolfo Dimaano of the Boac, Marinduque RTC Branch 38 on October 2, 2006. He said that the suspect is among the most wanted persons in Mimaropa region and carries a P90,000 bounty on his head offered by the DILG.
Monsalve said members of the Boac and Opol police stations assisted his men in tracking down the suspect in his hiding place in Misamis Oriental province more than 12 years after a warrant for his arrest was issued.
The third identified as Jerwin Galvez Ilarde, one of Calabarzon region’s most wanted criminals with a P130,000 bounty put up for his capture by the Department of Interior and Local Government was arrested Thursday in his hiding place in Barangay Aslong in Libmanan, Camarines Sur.
Members of the PNP-IG RIU 4-A, with the assistance of the Police Regional Offices 4-A and 5 operatives under Chief Supts. Edward E. Carranza and Arnel B. Escobal tracked down the elusive suspect who is the subject of a warrant of arrest for rape issued by Judge Gregorio Velasquez of the Calamba City Regional Trial Court Branch 35 on November 24, 2017.
The fourth identified as Jaycee Casabar was arrested last Monday by PNP-IG RIU4-A agents in Bgy. Cuyambay in Tanay, Rizal. The suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Marita Balloquing of the Vigan City RTC Branch 20 in Ilocos Sur.
Monsalve said members of the Vigan City Police Station and the Tanay and Santa Catalina Municipal Police Stations helped his men in tracking down the suspect who has been ordered detained with no bail recommended.
The official said a P145,000 bounty was offered by the DILG for the capture of the suspect.
Monsalve said the four are soon to be turned over to the court which issued the warrants for their arrest. “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.