Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) operatives arrested 22 wanted persons and shot dead one who tried to evade apprehension during a 72-hour anti-crime patrol in various parts of the country, CIDG head Director Benjamin B. Magalong reported on Monday.
The CIDG chief said that most of those arrested were facing charges of murder, rape, robbery and illegal possession of firearms in courts.
He also said that one of the significant accomplishments of the CIDG teams involved the arrest of Junie Bataluna, an escapee from the Misamis Oriental provincial jail in Cagayan de Oro City in 2011.
Bataluna was apprehended due to a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Florencia D. Sealana-Abbu of the Cagayan de Oro Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17.
During the arrest, the accused fired his gun at the arresting team, forcing the lawmen to retaliate and eventually causing Bataluna’s death.
Recovered from the suspect’s possession was one caliber .38 revolver loaded with live ammunition and three pieces of fired cartridge caliber .38 cartridge.
Last Saturday, the CIDG apprehended Requino Dacmec in his residence at P-2, Barangay Gayong, Cordon, Isabela.
Dacmeg is a member of the Julio Bedking Acetylene Group and Peter Sumedca Acetylene Group operating nationwide, the CIDG said.
The suspect’s arrest was made by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Anastacio Anghad of RTC Branch 36, Santiago City, for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
CIDG also arrested Jomar Villamor last Friday for violation of Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in Zone 7, Barangay Guindaponan, Palo, Leyte.
Villamor escaped from the Leyte provincial jail when typhoon “Yolanda” lashed the province last Nov. 8, 2013.
Magalong said that all arrested criminals were brought to the detention cells of the operating teams before their turnover to the courts of origin.
He said the CIDG stepped up its campaign against most wanted criminals around the country following the directives of Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Maneul A. Roxas and PNP Chief Alan La Madrid Purisima to intensify the fight against criminality. PNA