Albayalde orders PNP-IG to seek more wanted terrorists, criminals

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde has ordered the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Chief Superintendent Edgar S. Monsalve to launch more intelligence-driven operations to account for the country’s most wanted criminals and other enemies of the State, the Journal Group learned.

The PNP chief has instructed Monsalve to fully supervise all ongoing PNP-IG operations to put into jail most wanted persons especially those involved in terrorism and other heinous crimes but at the same time called on the country’s spooks to be ready to defend themselves once their lives are put into danger by ‘armed and dangerous criminals.’

The PNP-IG has in its repository a wealth of raw data which are being thoroughly collated and analyzed by its men for actual operations. The goal is to have intelligence-led, intelligence-directed and intelligence-driven policing in the country.

Since the start of the year, PNP-IG agents have accounted for more than a dozen most wanted persons in the country, the latest of them three men who carried a total bounty of P395,000 offered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for their capture.

Monsalve said one of the suspects identified as Joel Fernandez, one of the top 3 most wanted criminals in Ilocos-Pangasinan region, was captured by members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 1 in Asingan, Pangasinan last Friday.

The official said that with the assistance of operatives from the Pangasinan and Zambales Police Provincial Offices, they finally caught the suspect who is the subject of a warrant of arrest for  murder with the use of an unlicensed firearm, robbery and homicide.

He said warrants for murder and robbery cases were issued against the suspect by Judge Elizabeth Berdal of the Urdaneta City Regional Trial Court Branch 47 in Pangasinan while the warrant for homicide was issued against him by Judge Tita Obinario of the Urdaneta City RTC Branch 45.

Monsalve said the DILG has offered a P165,000 bounty for the capture of the suspect in 2017.

The 2nd identified as Ariel Guevarra Torres, a man wanted for murder and frustrated murder was arrested in his hiding place in Barangay Alfonso XIII in Quezon, Palawan last Saturday.

The PNP-IG director said the suspect’s arrest was ordered by Judge Leopoldo Mario Legazpi of the Puerto Princesa City RTC Branch 49.

Monsalve said Torres was caught by a team of agents from the Regional Intelligence Unit 4-A and the Palawan police. He said the suspect is one of the most wanted men in Mimaropa region who carries a P90,000 bounty on his head offered by the DILG in 2002.

The 3rd identified as Peter Engasa Vicente, a man wanted for rape in Nueva Viscaya was captured by undercover agents of the Regional Intelligence Units 2 and 10 with the help of the Bukidnon and Nueva Ecija police in his hiding place in Purok 5, Poblacion, Lantapan, Bukidnon last Friday.

Monsalve said Judge Jose Rosales of the Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya RTC Branch 27 on September 27, 2001 recommended no bail for the temporary liberty of the suspect who is also the subject of a P140,000 reward offered by the DILG in 2007.

Last week, PNP-IG agents also captured five most wanted persons in the country, three of them suspected members of the New People’s Army following separate operations in Calabarzon region.

Two of the suspects carried a total bounty of P405,000 offered by the government. Monsalve identified the two as Amador Javier, a man wanted for eight counts of rape and is listed as among the most wanted men in Region 4-A with a P270,000 bounty on his head offered by the DILG and Sonny Boy Tipan, a murder suspect who carries a P135,000 prize on his head.

The official said apart from helping neutralize some of the country’s most wanted terrorists and other enemies of the State, they  also see to it that most wanted persons in the country won’t be able to hide from the long arms of the law. Last year, the PNP-IG helped account for hundreds of most wanted criminals including elusive New People’s Army rebels, Abu Sayyaf bandits and other persons wanted for involvement in major criminal offenses including murder, rape and robbery-holdup.