New team on hunt for Palparan, four others

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) recently formed a new tracker unit dedicated to hunt high-profile fugitives and wanted criminals, especially the so-called Big-Five fugitives.

PNP chief, Director Gen. Alan Purisima bared in a recent interview the formation of the unit whose main task would be to go after high profile fugitives and wanted criminals in the country.

“We will give them enough training and funding to support their operations in running after selected targets,” Purisima told reporters in a chance interview in Camp Crame.

The “Big Five” fugitives are led by retired army, Gen. Jovito Palparan; former-Gov. Joel Reyes of Palawan and his younger brother, former-Mayor Mario Reyes of Coron; former-Rep. Ruben Ecleo of Dinagat and businessman Delfin Lee.

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Palparan is sought in the case of missing UP students, Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, who were allegedly abducted in Bulacan in June 2006, the area of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division which at that time was headed by Palparan.

The former Palawan governor and his younger brother are wanted in connection with the killing of Palawan environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega sometime on January 2011 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The former Dinagat Representative, Ecleo on the other hand is wanted by the authorities for murdering his wife.

Lee is facing large-scale estafa case in connection with the Pag-Ibig fund mess where his company, Globe Asiatique was involved.

Anthony Vargas

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