PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday ordered a massive hunt for a dismissed police superintendent accused of leading a kidnap-for-ransom gang who escaped from his arresting officers in Cagayan last Sunday.
The PNP chief also ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the escape of Supt. Johnny Orme who was captured in Cagayan last Saturday but managed to flee from his custodial officers on Sunday.
Orme was supposed to be presented yesterday before the media and later brought to a Pasay City court, which issued a warrant for his arrest with no bail recommended.
Orme went into hiding for nearly a year after he was tagged by the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group as the leader of a gang of rogue police officers who were behind some kidnap-for-ransom cases in Metro Manila, including the abduction and murder of a businessman in Pasay City in October 2017.
The suspect, a native of Gonzaga, Cagayan, was arrested while on a boat. But before being taken to the local police station, policemen who captured the suspect reportedly allowed him to drop by his house to change his clothes.
After being given the chance to enter his house, the suspect escaped.
Cagayan Police Provincial Office director Sr. Supt. Warren Tolito has ordered an investigation of the arresting officers. Criminal and administrative charges will be filed against them as soon as it will be found that their negligence allowed the suspect to escape.
Albayalde said that when he was still the National Capital Region Police Office chief, he ordered the administrative relief of Orme after he was accused of involvement in kidnapping. Four of Orme’s co-accused, all policemen, were killed in gunbattles with PNP-AKG operatives under Chief Supt. Glenn Dumlao.
Orme was tagged by the PNP-AKG as the alleged leader of the Orme KFR Gang who abducted 55-year-old casino junket operator Carlos Tan on NAIA Expressway in Pasay City before killing him.
It is believed that although they have already murdered the victim, the suspects demanded a P50 million ransom from the victim’s family.
Tan’s body was thrown by the kidnappers from a cliff in Bgy. San Jose in Tagaytay City. The body was found by local authorities two days after the abduction.