9 fall in CIDG anti-crime drive

NINE persons wanted for various felonies including murder  and gun-for-hire activities were hauled to jail by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group this week, officials said yesterday.

PNP-CIDG director, Major General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel, said one of the suspects identified as Carlos delos Reyes, tagged as the 3rd most wanted man in Hamtic, Antique was arrested on Wednesday in Barangay Takas in Valderrama municipality on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Silvia Jurao of the San Jose, Antique Regional Trial Court Branch 6.

The 2nd who also happened to be an elusive murder suspect was arrested inside Roca Subdivision in Bgy. Apopong in General Santos City on the same day. Coronel said Bonifacio Racuma was caught in his hiding place by CIDG and local police operatives who were armed with a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Jordan Reyes of the Isulan, Sultan Kudarat RTC Branch 19.

Racuma was identified as a member of the Paris Gang involved in gun-for-hire activities in Sultan Kudarat, Coronel said.

Two other suspects identified as Rio Kris Bato and Carlo Galutan were arrested in Baguio City by local CIDG operatives last Tuesday on charges of attempted rape and estafa respectively.

Tagged as the 8th most wanted in the city, Bato, a construction worker was arrested in Parisas, Camp 7.

On the other hand, Galutan was arrested  in Harrison Road on the basis of a warrant for estafa and falsification of public documents.

Galutan was described as a member of a syndicate allegedly involved in swindling and land-grabbing in Baguio City and Benguet province, said Coronel.

The 5th identified as Queenie Ureta alias ‘Mary Michelle Acosta’ was served another warrant for three counts of estafa.

Ureta, tagged as the leader of a gang of scammers who have defrauded a number of victims of their hard-earned money was arrested in an entrapment operation conducted by members of the CIDG Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit in Bocaue, Bulacan last May 1.

Another suspect identified as Juanito Peral was arrested in Sitio Pukatod in Barangay Sinabsaban in Cuarero, Capiz.

Peral was tagged as a member of a gun-for-hire  and gun trafficking syndicate operating in the province.

The 7th identified as Lorna Lugtu, a woman wanted for qualified theft and listed as the 2nd most wanted in Pilar, Bataan was arrested in Bgy. Central in Balanga municipality by local CIDG and police operatives.

The two others identified as Pedro Micua and Marciano Gacote, both tagged as gunrunners were arrested in separate entrapment operations in Zone 6, Bgy. Nancayasan in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan and Purok 7, Bgy. Gutad in Floridablanca, Pampanga.

Micua yielded a caliber .38 revolver with five live ammunition and the marked money paid to him by a poseur during the Urdaneta City sting while Gacote was found in possession of a cal. 9mm semi-automatic pistol with eight live ammunition, one .38 revolver with 20 bullets, one converted air gun with scope, two inside holsters and the buy-bust money.

Micua was described as the leader of a gunrunning syndicate operating in the 5th and 6th districts of Pangasinan while Gacote was identified as a suspected member of the Costales Crime Group involved in gunrunning, contract killing and robbery-holdup in Central Luzon