TWO men said to be posing as agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group were arrested by real PNP-CIDG operatives in Cavite for their involvement in a carnapping and kidnapping incident in General Trias City, officials said yesterday.
Suspects Omar Rigaro and Edgardo del Rosario were found in possession of T-shirts with ‘CIDG’ markings and a 12-gauge shotgun with three live ammunition when they were arrested at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday by members of the CIDG Cavite Provincial Field Unit, the Cavite Police Provincial Office and the Cavite Highway Patrol Team, said PNP-CIDG director, newly-promoted Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel.
According to Coronel, the two were accused of kidnapping civilians Ronnie Bryan Palugan and Manuel Tolentino and stealing the Toyota Hi-Lux of Palugan at the Auto Zone Car Dealer in Imus City last Tuesday.
CIDG Region 4-A chief, Colonel Amante Daro, said that Rigaro was arrested in Le Rica Homes located in Sitio Elang, Barangay San Fernando, General Trias town. Seized from the suspect’s possession were a 12-gauge shotgun with three bullets and a ‘CIDG’ shirt.
A follow-up operation led in the arrest of del Rosario in Bgy. 47, Galang Street in Cavite City. The suspect yielded a ‘CIDG’ shirt.
Del Rosario, during questioning, claimed that he only acted as a mere ‘lookout’ in the kidnapping and carnapping case.
The suspect also identified one Mhadie Mangotara as the ‘brains’ behind the crime and the one who shot Tolentino in a grassy portion of Bgy. San Rafael 4 in Noveleta, Cavite.
Daro said that acting on the tip, his men proceeded at the alleged scene of the shooting where they found a bloodstain and a spent cartridge from an unknown gun caliber with the help of the Cavite SOCO Team.
The CIDG described the two arrested suspects as members of the ‘Mangotara Criminal Group’ engaged in carnapping and robbery-holdup activities in Metro Manila and its neighboring Cavite province.
Both suspects are now being held at the CIDG Cavite Provincial Field Unit facing a string of criminal charges, said the official.