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Sinas wants PNP Intelligence Group to set eyes on ‘high-value targets’

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Debold M. Sinas has ordered the PNP Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) to develop more information that would lead to the neutralization of ‘high-value targets’ specifically those involved in terrorism and major crimes in the country, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Mamang pulisSo far, a number of PNP-IG-initiated operations in the country have resulted in the neutralization of a number of most wanted New People’s Army personalities and other most wanted persons. The PNP-IG headed by Colonel Warren F. de Leon have also developed a number of ‘intelligence packets’ used by the PNP Special Action Force, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the 17 Police Regional Offices in tracking down elusive terrorists and other criminals nationwide.

Late January 25, a most wanted NPA member in Bicol region was killed in a gunfight with agents of the PNP-IG out to arrest him in Barcelona, Sorsogon. The slain suspect was identified as Michael Bagasala alias ‘Ka Teban/Mike,’ an active member of the CPP-NPA Bicol Regional Party Committee operating in Region 5.

Following a monthlong surveillance, members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 1, with the support of the Police Regional Office 5 served a warrant of arrest for murder issued against the suspect in his residence in Bgy. San Antonio, Barcelona.

However, the suspect fired at the officers who were forced to retaliate, killing the latter on the spot. Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect was a caliber .45 pistol with several live ammunition.

The suspect has been identified as a member of an NPA group headed by one Pedro Estrabella. The suspect’s family is said to be known for supporting the rebel movement with his father Domehina killed in a military operation in 2018.

The slain suspect’s brother and brother-in-law were also identified as active NPA members in Bicol.

The suspects were believed to be involved in the killing of one Army soldier in Bgy. San Antonio in 2018 as well as two clashes with troopers from the Army’s 39th Infantry Battalion in Bgy. San Ramon , Barcelona and in Sitio Anahawan, Bgy. Togawe in Gubat town.

A warrant of arrest for murder with no bail recommended was issued against the suspect by Judge Leonor Romeo of the Gubat Regional Trial Court Branch 54 on November 4, 2004. The same suspect is also the primary suspect in the killing of a local resident identified as Ricardo Esteves on June 7 last year.

Last month, another NPA member wanted for murder in Caraga region was captured by PNP-IG operatives in Agusan del Sur.

Suspect Jossierick Mamerto alias ‘Ka Bulaw’ was arrested by PNP-IG operatives under Colonel Warren F. de Leon in Sitio Away, Bgy. San Andres in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on the strength of a warrant of arrest for two counts of murder issued by Judge Marigel Dagani-Hugo of the Prosperidad RTC Branch 6.

“There is no escaping the law because we are determined to pursue and arrest wanted persons who have long evaded arrest,” said Sinas.

Mamerto is wanted for the killing of Adam and Joseph Daniel Quilaman on September 5, 2018. He has been listed as the no. 1 most wanted person in Agusan del Sur prior to his arrest which was coordinated by the PNP-IG with the Police Regional Office 13 headed by Brigadier Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr.

Last week, 11 wanted persons in the country were also hauled to jail by the PNP-IG following a series of anti-criminality operations.

The top cop said the operations conducted by the PNP-IG also led to the seizure of a cache of illegal weapons and drugs.

One of the suspects identified as Nestor Ada,55, a principal of the Rosario National Highway in Laoang, Northern Samar and secretary general of the local Association of Concerned Teachers was arrested for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.

Members of the RIU 8, with the assistance of the local police searched the suspect’s house in Bgy. San Miguel Heights in Laoang municipality on the strength of a warrant issued by Judge Amando Rosadiño of the Allen, Northern Samar RTC Branch 23 and arrested him after they recovered a .45 caliber pistol with a loaded magazine and a hand grenade.

The 2nd suspect identified as Florentino Agus, a local government employee, was jailed for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. De Leon said that seized inside the suspect’s house in Bgy. Libas in Lavezares, Northern Samar were two .45 caliber pistols, four cal. .38 revolvers, a 5.56 caliber revolver, 9mm revolver, two .22 caliber rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, assorted magazines and live ammunition, other gun spare parts and accessories.

Two other suspects identified as Edwin Diaz and Alberto Anoba, both known ‘high-value drug targets’ in Central Visayas, were arrested during an RIU7-led anti-narcotics operation in Sitio Bgy. Duljo, Cebu City.

Four other companions of the two identified as Maria Luz Patalan, Maria Viajedor, Renante Rupal and Albert Medalla were also arrested during the same operation which led to the recovery of 10 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing 11 grams of shabu worth more than P70,000 and the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill.

Diaz and Anoba were tagged as ‘bodegeros’ or warehousemen of known big-time drug personalities in Metro Cebu.

In Cordillera region, PNP-IG officers led an operation which led to the arrest of Jerome Calsiyao, a wanted New People’s Army member in Sitio Payanga in Bgy. Basao, Tinglayan, Kalinga.

Another identified as Joseph Abling, the 10th most wanted man in Calabarzon region, was arrested in an RIU4-A-led operation in Bgy. Binahaan in Pagbilao, Quezon. The suspect is wanted for a murder case with no bail recommended. He was accused of stabbing one Hilario Obniala last year.

In Davao Oriental, local PNP-IG and police operatives arrested Alvin Elias for illegal possession of a .45 caliber pistol with 13 live ammunition and an improvised gun. The suspect, a resident of Bgy. Bobon, Mati City, was tagged as a member of a gun-for-hire syndicate operating in the province and is the principal accused in the December 19 shooting of one Jerson Pasko.

All suspects are facing appropriate criminal charges, said de Leon.

Publication Source :    People's Journal
Alfred P. Dalizon
Author of the ‘Mamang Pulis’ series and Crame Files | A Journal Group reporter since 1988 and recipient of dozens of national awards from the PNP/DILG/PDEA/DDB/NAPOLCOM and the private sector | Winner of two (2) prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) for Best Investigative Report | A Finalist for another CMMA Best Investigative Report | A 3-time Journal Group Employee and Top Reporter of the Year