TEN men accused of robbery-extortion were arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in three separate entrapment operations in the countryside over the weekend, PNP-CIDG director, Major General Amador V. Corpus announced yesterday.
Seven of the suspects were arrested in two entrapment operations in Cagayan de Oro City and Bukidnon following a complaint from Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno that the suspects were demanding P1.5 million in exchange for the release of his son.
The complaint triggered a CIDG Regional Field Unit 10-led operation which resulted in the arrest inside the Blugre Café inside the Limketkai Mall in Barangay, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City of suspects Wilma Pangandigan, Thong Pangandigan, Mohaimin Ulimpaen, Sadam Taliba and Donna Bansil.
According to Corpus, members of the CIDG Region 10 office led by Lieutenant Colonel Raymund Liguden seized a Toyota Hi-Ace with plate no. NDA 8855 belonging to the suspect as well as the boodle money they received from an undercover officer.
A follow-up operation in the same afternoon in Sayre Highway in Bgy. Kusulon in Sumila, Bukidnon resulted in the arrest of Ryan Mabboran alias ‘RJ’ and Mark Adrian Tan alias ‘Mack-Mack’ who respectively introduced themselves as ‘Colonel Sifuentes and purportedly the Deputy Regional Director for Operations of the Police Regional Office 10 and ‘Col. Villacorta.’ Alfred Dalizon
Liguden tagged Mabborang as the leader of the ‘Patvil Criminal Group’ engaged in robbery-extortion in Northern Mindanao and its nearby regions.
Another entrapment operation in front of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Region 5 office in Bgy. Rawis, Legazpi City in Albay last Thursday led in the arrest of Mark Ryan Sumulong, 40, a resident of Bgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo City; Winston Eloy Kahulugan, 50, an LTO enforcer residing at no. 58 Ramos Street, Carmel 3, Quezon City; and Nerio Loar,53, a driver from Bgy. 13, Ilawod West, Legazpi City. Several cohorts of the trio are still being hunted as of press time, Corpus said.
According to the PNP-CIDG director, the three suspects were arrested by members of the CIDG Regional Unit 5 and the Regional Intelligence Unit 5 following a complaint from Marlone Reyes, a 41-year old operator of Maple Tours and Travel Company residing in Marilao, Bulacan.
Corpus said the suspects demanded P180,000 from the complainant in exchange for the release of the passenger bus impounded by Kahulugan and company for allegedly being a ‘colorum’ vehicle during an anti-colorum operation in Tabugon, Daet, Camarines Norte.
Corpus said despite the findings of the LTFRB Regional Office 5 hearing officers that impounded vehicle is covered with pertinent documents, the suspects demanded the money from the complainant in exchange for the immediate release of the impounded bus.
All suspects are now facing robbery-extortion cases, said the PNP-CIDG director.