SIX of the Philippines’ most wanted were hauled to jail by agents of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) last week as they continued their ongoing massive effort to help account for criminals on the loose, officials reported to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday.
One of the suspects identified as Renante Sigua, a resident of 1216 Santos Street, Trinidad Village, Barangay Calibutbut 4 in Bacolor, Pampanga was arrested in a Regional Intelligence Unit 14-led manhunt operation, said PNP-IG director, Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve.
The official said that the suspect who is listed as among the Top 5 most wanted persons in Cordillera region was arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Michael Francisco of the Baguio City Regional Trial Court Branch 6 with no bail recommended for his temporary liberty.
Monsalve said a 2nd suspect he identified as Joselito Santos, a man wanted for an acts of lasciviousness case and qualified rape was arrested in an RIU3-led operation in Bgy. Putatan in Muntinlupa City last Thursday.
The suspect’s arrest was ordered by Judge Gorgonio Elarno Jr. of the Malolos City RTC Branch 77 with no bail recommended. Monsalve said that the suspect is one of the Top 5 most wanted men in Central Luzon prior to his arrest.
A 3rd identified as Boyet Abella, a man wanted for murder was arrested in an RIU National Capital Region-led operation in Palawan Street corner Luzon Avenue in Bgy. 573, Zone 56, Balic-Balic, Manila last Wednesday.
The suspect who is one of the Top 10 most wanted men in Central Visayas is the subject of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Ulric Cañete of the Mandaue City RTC Branch 55 with no bail recommended for his temporary liberty.
The 4th identified as Rodel Valiente, one of the top 10 most wanted persons in Cordillera region was arrested in an RIU 14-led manhunt operation in Purok San Felipe in Bgy. Malayugan, Flora, Apayao last Friday.
The suspect’s arrest was ordered by Judge Victor Cumigad of the Luna, Apayao RTC Branch 26 with no bail recommended.
The 5th identified as Reden Sadino, one of the top 3 most wanted men in Metro Manila, was arrested in an RIU-NCR-led operation in Bgy. P. Barrantes in Alangalang, Leyte on Friday too.
No bail was recommended for the temporary freedom of the suspect who is wanted for 3 counts of rape. His arrest was ordered by Judge Marie Grace Javier of the Parañaque City RTC.
The 6th identified as Dave Tancinco, one of the most wanted persons in the Department of Interior and Local Government was arrested in Minglanilla, Cebu last Thursday as a result of an RIU7-led manhunt operation.
Monsalve said that the DILG had offered a P140,000 bounty for the arrest of Tancinco who is wanted for a murder case. The suspect whose arrest with no bail was ordered by the Cebu City RTC Branch 5 was tracked down inside the BD Learning Center in Minglanilla municipality 3 p.m. last Thursday.
The PNP-IG last year scored big in its mission to launch more intelligence-driven operations to account for the country’s most wanted criminals and other Enemies of the State in 2019 earning it kudos from the PNP leadership headed by Gen. Gamboa.
Gen. Gamboa 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.’
Last year saw the PNP-IG with its motto ‘Por La Patria’ or ‘For the Fatherland’ scoring major success in its bid to become a highly capable, effective and credible intelligence unit.
In 2019, PNP-IG agents gained headway in the PNP’s campaign against terrorism leading an investigation which led in the identification of the prime suspect in the twin ‘suicide bombings’ that killed 23 people in Jolo, Sulu on January 27, 2019 and in arresting two suspected Islamic militants believed to be out to conduct terror bombings in Metro Manila during an operation in Quezon City.
As a member of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, the group also stepped-up their campaign against wanted New People’s Army members, helping the government account for more than 200 rebels who surrendered to avail of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration or E-CLIP program of the Duterte government.
Last year, the PNP-IG helped ‘neutralize’ 794 wanted personalities including 281 members of different threat groups, 318 most wanted persons, 188 other criminal elements and seven rogues in uniform.
Among the threat group members arrested or shot dead as a result of PNP-IG-led operations were 15 members of the Abu Sayyaf and other lawless elements in the Southern Philippines, one foreign terrorist and 265 members of the NPA.