• ‘Rob gang leader might sing, so he was silenced’

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    THE unnamed mother of Ozamis Robbery Gang Rik “Kambal” Cadavero claimed that her son knew that he would be killed on the day he was to be transported to San Pedro, Laguna. She added that she knew the policemen he was giving bribes to, “maaaring kumanta na sana ang anak ko kaya siya pinatay [he might have spilled the beans, which is why he was killed].”

    In a television interview aired Thursday morning, Cadavero sister Rosalinda also accused Cavite lawmen of receiving bribes from the slain gang leader, saying in Tagalog: “My brother pays off Cavite policemen and he was saying, I am not afraid of moving around because I pay them all.”

    The Cadavero sister did not make it clear whether her brother’s nefarious activities—heists on banks and money change shops—had the blessings of his Cavite police cohorts.

    Also, Cadavero’s common-law wife Fe Tolentino told some reporters that certain police officers stole her husband’s jewelries and forced her to withdraw P2.5 million from the bank.

    In an interview, Cavite Provincial Police Director Alexander Rafael denied the accusations of bribery against Cavite policemen.

    “It’s unfair, the investigation is ongoing and we have our own investigation. If there are policemen involved, they will be charged criminally and administratively and automatically dismissed from the service,” he said.

    Cadavero was sentenced 67 years for robbery-holdups in Metro Manila in 2011 and 2012. He was arrested on Friday with his right hand man Wilfredo Panogalinga alias “Kulot.”

    After their inquest at Prosecutor’s Office in Dasmariñas City they were supposed to be turned over to the Bureau of Corrections. On the way there, police reports said two of Cadavero’s men on a motorbike tried to spring a rescue triggering a scuffle between Cadavero and his police escorts.

    Five members of the Cadavero-led crew are still detained at Dasmarinas City Jail in Cavite: Nestor Buenabente, alias Moklo, 36, jobless, native of Purok Matin-aw, Sumalig, Tambolig, Zamboanga del Sur; Rogie Soriano, 20, jobless, native of Purok 2, Barangay Maganoy, Pagadian, Ozamis City; Cesar Devera Santos, 57, driver, of No. 7036 J. Victor Street, Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City; Donde Pedrosa alias Dondon, 25, jobless, native of Kalawag 2, Barangay Bambal, Koronadal City, South Cotabato; and Alvin Cuyag alias Ben, 30, jobless, a native of Purok I, Barangay Poblacion, Santa Cruz, Cagayan de Oro City. All were temporarily residing at Block 77, Lot 6, Phase 4, Mabuhay City Subd., Barangay Paliparan 3, Dasmariñas City where they were apprehended.

    Rafael revealed that before their arrest, the Ozamis members kept eight safe houses in Cavite.

    Shake up
    The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday is eyeing a shuffle in the Southern Tagalog Police Office following the questionable death of two leaders of the dreaded Ozamis Group on Monday.

    The move came after several officers of the Southern Tagalog Police office, including its director, Chief Supt. Benito Estipona, were sacked from their post as fall-out of the death of Ozamis Group leaders, Ricky “Kambal” Cadavero and Wilfred “Kulot” Panolingan Jr.

    The two were killed on Monday after motorcycle riding gunmen allegedly attacked the police convoy transporting the duo back to Calamba City.

    PNP chief, Director Gen. Alan Purisima said the shake up of some of their units in Southern Tagalog Region is among those being carefully studied by the PNP-Internal Affairs Service.

    Southern Tagalog Region comprises the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon and is also known as Calabarzon.

    The PNP chief also justified the move of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to sack Estipona on Wednesday afternoon as regional police commander based on the command principle.

    “Because what we need is a fair investigation and to erase the doubts of the public, we have to remove him [Estipona] . . . there is a need to remove him so the public will not say that we’re covering this up,” Purisima said.

    Besides Estipona, ordered relieved were Supt. Danilo Mendoza, the head of the Regional Special Operations Group, the commander of the police team that escorted Cadavero and Panoligan.

    The Interior secretary named Chief Supt. Jesus Gatchalian as officer in-charge of the Souther Tagalog Police Office and named Director Catalino Cuy of the Directorate for Personnel Records Management to take-over the investigation of the case.

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