THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has recently formed a new police tracker unit that is dedicated in running after high-profile fugitives and wanted criminals in particular the so-called “Big-Five” fugitives.
Director General Alan Purisima, PNP chief, bared in a recent interview the formation of a new police unit whose main task would be running 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 general, Jovito Palparan; former governor Joel Reyes of Palawan province and his younger brother, former mayor Mario Reyes of Coron town, also in Palawan; former representative Ruben Ecleo of Dinagat Islands and Businessman Delfin Lee.
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 is wanted by the authorities 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 reportedly murdering his own wife.
While Lee is facing large scale estafa case in connection with the Pag-Ibig fund mess where his company, Globe Asiatique was involved.