OPERATIVES of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) captured on Tuesday in Bataan a man who claimed to be a major general of the Philippine Army, a senior police official said on Saturday. CIDG Chief, Director Victor said that Salvador Escobar alias ‘Orlando Pablico’ was captured by CIDG and Army operatives by virtue of a warrant of arrest for violations of R.A. 9516 (Illegal Possession of Explosives) and R.A. 10591 (Firearms and Ammunitions Law). Deona said that Escobar along with his cohorts are responsible for extortion, falsification of military documents, illegal recruitment, and for holding a bogus Philippine Army Officer Candidate Course (OCC) Class 11 sometime in November 2014 in Las Piñas City. The CIDG chief added that Escobar’s group, composed of fake officers, posed a serious threat when they were reportedly involved in a hostile plan during the then upcoming Papal visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines last January 2015. That led to the simultaneous implementation of search warrants against the group by the CIDG, days before the said Papal visit, but Escobar eluded arrest, Deona said.