13 prov’l felons behind bars

THIRTEEN wanted persons have been accounted for by agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in a series of manhunt operations in the countryside, PNP-CIDG director, Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel announced yesterday.

Two of the suspects identified as 56-year-old Roel Benlot Sr. alias ‘Awing’ and his son Roel Jr.,34, were arrested for involvement in extortion and gunrunning activities in Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte on Monday.

The official said local CIDG and police operatives arrested the two inside their house in Barangay Galingon which they raided at 3 a.m. Monday on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Anthony Isaw of the Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court Branch 28.

The raid led in the recovery of one MK2 fragmentation grenade, a caliber .45 pistol with two magazines containing 10 live ammunition and three 12-gauge shotgun bullets.

The elder Benlot in 2003 was charged with frustrated murder in connection with the shooting of then Senior Police Officer 3 Carmelito Paira, a local CIDG personnel that time. The case was dismissed by the court when Paira died.

Another raid in Bgy. Mabalbalino in Sitio Doña Maria in San Carlos City in Pangasinan led in the arrest of Tirso Caguia for illegal possession of a 9mm pistol with three magazines containing 12 live ammunition last Sunday. CIDG officers searched the suspect’s residence on the basis of a warrant for violation of RA 10591 issued by Judge Magnolia Cayetano of the San Carlos City RTC Branch 56.

Last Saturday, CIDG men arrested 38-year old delivery man Romy Navalta in Dahlia Street in Sta. Rita, Olongapo City on the basis of a warrant for rape issued by Judge Amelita Corpuz of the Dinalupihan, Bataan RTC Branch 5. The suspect was described as the 2nd most wanted person in Dinalupihan.

Another suspect identified as Reynan Manalo was arrested on the basis of a warrant for carnapping issued by Judge Eda Dizon-Era of the Angeles City RTC Branch 60. The suspect was caught in Casmor Phase 1 in Mabiga, Mabalacat City, Pampanga. Manalo was tagged as the no. 14 most wanted man in Region 3.

Another operation in Bgy. Balibago in Angeles City resulted in the arrest of Salem Arcala, a suspected member of a crime group engaged in gunrunning, contract killing and illegal drug activities in Pampanga province.

The suspect yielded a caliber 9mm semi-automatic pistol with a magazine containing six bullets and the marked money paid to him by a poseur during the entrapment operation.

Two other entrapment operations in Angeles City resulted in the arrest of suspected gunrunners Win Jose and Edgar Laxa. Seized from their possession were two cal. .38 revolvers with seven bullets and the marked money paid to them by poseurs.

On the other hand, CIDG agents arrested Fernando Tolentino, a man wanted for three counts of rape in Purok 4 Anonang in Cordon, Isabela. The suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Nicasio Bautista of the Santiago City RTC Branch 21

Another identified as Eugene Tuates was arrested in Bgy. Atilano in Bagac, Bataan on the basis of a warrant for eight counts of qualified theft issued by Judge Angelito Balderama of the Balanga, Bataan RTC Branch 1, a warrant for six counts of qualified theft issued by Judge Antonio Ray Ortiguera of the Balanga RTC Branch 2 and a warrant for qualified theft issued by Judge Marion Jacqueline Poblete of Balanga RTC Branch 92.

In Orani, Bataan, local CIDG operatives arrested Jay Lintag, said to be a member of a gun-for-hire and robbery gang during an operation in Sitio Pilapil.

Another identified as Michael Sanchez, the subject of a warrant of arrest for robbery issued by Judge Marita Balloguing of the Vigan City RTC Branch 20 for robbery was arrested in Bgy. Capandanan in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.

In Siquijor, CIDG agents arrested Christopher Jade Largo, the 7th most wanted man in Carmen, Cebu where he is facing two counts of murder cases.