TWENTY-SIX persons wanted for various felonies in Cagayan Valley were arrested by the local police in a series of manhunt operations across the region this week Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Jose Mario M. Espino said yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police chief, General Oscar D. Albayalde, the official said two of the 26 are among the top most wanted persons in the region identified as Domingo Estacio, a 55-year old tricycle driver wanted for rape and Severo Magastino,59, a farmer wanted for women and child abuse.
The PRO2 director said Estacio, the 9th most wanted person in Nueva Viscaya was arrested at 4:30 a.m. Friday in his hiding place in Barangay Almaguer North in Bambang municipality.
On the other hand, Magastino, the 9th most wanted man in Quirino province was arrested in Bgy. San Ramon in Aglipay municipality on the strength of a warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 9262 of the Anti-Violence against Women and their Children Act of 2004.
Espino said the other suspects were arrested for various criminal offenses including reckless homicide resulting in homicide and damage to property, estafa, falsification of public documents, adultery and physical injuries.
Four of the suspects identified as barangay captain Juanito Rapadas,49; his ‘kagawads’ Evelyn Simeon,48; Joseph Pascual,43; Joel Forto,44 and Enrique Forto,58 and their constituents Rosemarie Viterbo,41; and Rolando Galicia,50, all residents of Bgy. Antagan 1st in Tumauini, Isabela were arrested for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide.
Another suspect named Mila Baccay was arrested for four counts of estafa; Eugene Taipan for estafa thru falsification of public documents; Mary Jane Munar for adultery; Julius dela Cruz for less serious physical injury; and German Guman for reckless imprudence resulting in double homicide and damage to property, said Espino.
Seven others were arrested Friday on charges ranging from estafa thru falsification of public documents, physical injuries and violation of the forestry law.
Three others were arrested for involvement in illegal drug activities in the region on the same day, he said. The three were identified as Wilson Lomboy, a resident of Purok 5, Nagassican, Santiago City; Cornelio Mangino, 46, a farmer from Bugallon Proper Purok 2, Ramon, Isabela; and a Grade 10 student from Victory Sur in Santiago City whose name was withheld.
According to Espino, suspect Lomboy was arrested after he sold shabu to an undercover officer of the Santiago City Police Drug Enforcement Unit in Purok Paraiso in Barangay Batal around 7:10 p.m. Friday.