PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday announced the arrest of two of the country’s most wanted men, who had been in hiding for over 15 years, in separate manhunt operations by members of the PNP Intelligence Group.
He said Willer Advincula and Zaldy Zabala, who both have warrants for murder, were tracked down at their hiding places by members of the PNP-IG headed by Brigadier Gen. Joseph Ulysses C. Gohel.
No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the two fugitives.
“This should send a clear message to criminals in hiding -- you can run but you can never hide from the PNP. We are as determined as ever to go after criminals who have been eluding arrest for years, even decades,” Gamboa said.
Gohel said Advincula was arrested for a murder case in 2005. The suspect is the subject of a P90,000 monetary reward offered by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
Advincula was caught at his hiding place in Purok 2, Barangay Kanaan, Kaputian District in Samal, Davao del Norte by members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 11 and the Samal police on Tuesday.
On the other hand, Zabala was arrested by RIU1 agents in Bgy. 12 Namuroc, Vintar, Ilocos Norte also last Tuesday. Zabala is the subject of a P140,000 reward offered by the DILG.
Gen. Gamboa said police operatives are not only focused on public safety operations in response to the health crisis but are also continuously mounting operations against persons wanted.