PHILIPPINE National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director, Chief Superintendent Amador V. Corpus has ordered a more aggressive campaign against partisan armed groups, loose firearms and organized crime syndicate in the country this year as part of the CIDG’s effort to help ensure a peaceful and orderly May 13 national and local elections and most importantly, battle criminality.
With the May 13 polls less than four months from now, Corpus, a classmate from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 of PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said he wants his men to particularly step-up their search for loose weapons and members of private armed groups which may be used to disrupt the elections.
Corpus is enhancing the programs laid out by his predecessor, now retired Director Roel B. Obusan, when it comes to the CIDG’s ‘enhanced target output policy.’ The CIDG is the premier PNP unit tasked to undertake monitoring, investigation and prosecution of all crimes involving economic sabotage and other crimes of such magnitude and extent as to indicate their commission by highly-placed or professional criminal syndicates and organizations.
CIDG is also tasked to investigate all major cases involving violation of the Revised Penal Code apart from operating against all organized crime group nationwide.
“We do what is necessary to meet our priorities,. At a time when there is an urgent need to pursue a renewed emphasis on police accountability and to support the government’s nationwide campagn against illegal drugs and criminality, we made certain that we deliver the quality investigative services necessary,” he said.
According to Corpus, the CIDG implemented the Target Output Police (TOP) through the issuance of Command Memorandum Circular No. 2015-02 as revised by CMC No. 2016-01 “to articulate our investigative and operational priorities.’
The TOP, he explained was designed and implemented to give direction and focus to chiefs of units in their work performance by setting specific target outputs and timelines for accomplishment.
It encompasses both a core performance measurement framework built around high-level outcomes of the CIDG’s mandated tasks. The results are used as bases for the unit performance rating. It will also confer award for good performance and possible relief of the unit commander for poor performance.
The CIDG last year scored major accomplishments in the crackdown against organized crime gangs, loose firearms and other deadly weapons as well as drugs and terrorism. Its catch include public officials and members of well-organized gangs involved in the trafficking and sale of high-powered weapons as well as some of the country’s most wanted persons involved in crimes such as murder, robbery-holdup, large-scale illegal recruitment and estafa and violation of the intellectual property rights.
In 2018, the CIDG launched nearly 100 operations against loose firearms which resulted in the arrest of over 90 persons and the killing of four armed suspects and the seizure of nearly 300 different firearms and explosives as well as 12,416 assorted live ammunition.
Corpus has also appealed to gun owners with expired licenses or those in possession of illegal firearms to surrender them to avoid having a brush with law particularly now that a nationwide gun ban is in effect.
Corpus said he has ordered all his 17 CIDG regional chiefs to further step-up their campaign against loose firearms, organized crime gangs and private armed groups without sacrificing their regular mandate.
Under Corpus, the PNP-CIDG started the year right by solving the case of murdered AKO Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe and his policeman-bodyguard last December 22 after accounting for the confessed gunmen and their cohorts who have tagged Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwin Baldo as the ‘brains’ behind the killing.
The PNP-CIDG, with the help of the PNP Intelligence Group headed by Senior Supt. Edgar Monsalve and the Police Regional Office 5 headed by Chief Supt. Arnel B. Escobal have found vital pieces of evidence and witnesses which Gen. Albayalde said would be enough to convict the suspects led by Baldo.
Eleven caliber 40 shells and five slugs recovered by the police at the exact area where Batocabe and Senior Police Officer 2 Rolando Diaz have matched those fired from the licensed firearm of a former New People’s Army rebel-turned militiaman who confessed to shooting the lawmaker.
“With the findings of the PNP Crime Laboratory, we are now confident that indeed, Yuson was telling the truth when he said that he shot Rep. Batocabe,” the PNP chief said.
According to PNP Crime Lab director, Chief Supt. Rolando J. Hinanay, the 11 spent cartridges and five slugs found at the scene matched those actually fired from the licensed cal. 40 pistol of Henry Yuson alias ‘Romel, the confessed gunman who was arrested by the Albay police on the strength of an outstanding warrant of arrest for rape with no bail recommended.