Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-led raids in Tondo leave gang leader dead

Amador V. Corpus

COMBINED agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and the Manila Police District yesterday morning simultaneously raided several anti-criminality targets in Tondo and shot dead one armed suspect and arrested four others, PNP-CIDG director, Major General Amador V. Corpus said.

The simultaneous service of search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013  past 9 in the morning was led by CIDG National Capital Region operatives under Lieutenant Colonel Arnold Thomas C. Ibay, the official said.

Corpus said that four search warrants were served by the CIDG Manila Field Unit and the MPD under Brigadier Gen. Victor D. Danao at the Permanent Housing in Balut, Tondo.

The warrants were issued by Judge Angelene Mary V, Quimpo-Sale of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 206.

He said that one of the targets living at Building 24, Unit 120 identified as Salazar Liwanag Santos was killed after shooting it out with the raiders.

A companion of the slain suspect, one Amora dela Cruz was arrested.  Ibay said that an officer was forced to fire at Santos when he began shooting at them.

Recovered from the suspects were one loaded caliber .45 pistol and two hand grenades which were both rendered safe by MPD bomb disposal experts led by Lieutenant Arnold Yanga.

The raid at Unit 207 yielded one cal. 38 revolver with three live ammunition. However, the target identified as Maria Fe Alvario was not around during the search and is still being hunted as of press time.

The raid  at Unit 114 led in the arrest of Jericho de la Cruz who yielded a Super .38 pistol with s magazine containing eight bullets.

The search at Unit 307 resulted in the arrest of Aileen Garcia Andrade and Jayson Prado Landicho  after they yielded one 9mm semi-automatic pistol with seven live ammunition, one .38 revolver and six heat-sealed plastic sachets containing an estimated P50,000 worth of shabu.

Ibay said Santos was identified as the leader of the Supremo Criminal Gang engaged in illegal drugs and firearms ‘ trafficking in Manila and other parts of the metropolis.

The arrested members of the gang will be facing criminal charges for illegal possession of firearms, explosives snd drugs, he said.