AWOL cop, pal wanted for kidnaps killed in clash

September 16, 2019
Oscar D. Albayalde

A PHILIPPINE National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG)-led operation against a group of kidnappers victimizing wealthy Bureau of Internal Revenue officials early morning yesterday left two armed suspects, one of them an AWOL policeman, dead following a gunfight in Cavite, a report to PNP chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde said.

PNP-AKG director, Colonel Jonnel C. Estomo, identified the slain policeman as Corporal Arlan Ranera Aguilar, an AWOL member of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. The identity of the 2nd dead suspect is still being verified as of press time, he said.

According to the official, the gunbattle took place shortly after they tried to serve a warrant of arrest for robbery with homicide issued against Aguilar, his brother PO1 Jose Ranera Aguilar, also an AWOL CIDG operative and Alfredo Albanio Bautista by Judge Matias Garcia I of the Bacoor City Regional Trial Court Branch 19 on February 12, 2018.

Estomo said the two slain suspects were on board a motorcycle being tailed by officers at the Centennial Road in Barangay Putok, Kawit, Cavite at 2:30 in the morning when they sensed the operation and tried to flee. Officers gave chase and cornered the duo along Abaya Road in nearby Bgy. Tuclong where the shootout erupted resulting in the death of the two.

The official said they were joined by operatives from the Police Regional Office 4-A Regional Intelligence Division under Brigadier General Edward E. Carranza and the Cavite Police Provincial Office and Kawit Municipal Police Station under the supervision of Colonel William Segun in the early morning operation.

Two chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistols with magazines containing several live ammunition were recovered from the possession of the slain suspects, Estomo said.

“The two suspects were being monitored for their involvement in the kidnapping-for-ransom of some BIR Revenue District Officers apart from being members of a notorious ‘Gapos Gang,’ the PNP-AKG director said.

He added that Arlan Aguilar is also wanted for the killing of Attorney Eduardo Torres Malinis, a former commissioner of the National Insurance Commission inside his home in Bacoor City in Cavite in May 2014.

The then 76-year old former government official was found hogtied in the kitchen area of his home in Barangay Panapaan, Bacoor City, his mouth and face covered with packing tape. The suspects ransacked the victim’s house before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash and valuables.

Yesterday’s operation came in the wake of ongoing operation by the PNP-AKG and other PNP units to track down more members of a kidnapping gang which has specialized in abducting rich BIR officials, mostly Revenue District Officers or RDOs and stealing their millions knowing the victims won’t go to authorities since their wealth would be placed under close scrutiny,  the Journal Group learned.