PNP-IG tracker teams ‘neutralize’ 171 wanted men

Oscar D. Albayalde

PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has commended tracker teams from the PNP Intelligence Group for “neutralizing” 171 most wanted persons.

Headed by Brig. Gen. Edgar Monsalve, the PNP-IG is providing intelligence information  to local police units needed to account for most wanted terrorists, including those from the New People’s Army and the Abu Sayyaf Group, as well as others who are facing non-bailable charges for heinous crimes.

Records showed that since last January 1, the PNP-IG spearheaded police operations which resulted in either the killing or arrest of 83 members of various threat groups, the jailing of 55 most wanted persons, 32 other criminal elements and two rogue members of the police force.

One of the major accomplishments of the PNP-IG during the period was the arrest of Aby Bakkar Pagayao alias “Jeng/Jing Pagayao,” a key member of the ISIS-inspired but already defunct Ansa Khilafa Philippines founded by the late Mohammad Jaafar Maguid alias “Tokboy.”

Monsalve said that Pagayao was arrested last January 15 in Cotabato City on the strength of a Martial Law Arrest Order issued in pursuance to President Duterte’s order which placed the entire Mindanao region under martial rule on May 30, 2017 in the aftermath of the infamous Marawi City siege.

Another big catch of the group, Sabor Yayudini alias “Sabor Abubakar/Sabor Injani,” was captured in his hideout in Bgy. Kajatian in Indann, Sulu.

The suspect was an active member of the Abu Sayyaf Group wanted for his involvement in kidnap-for-ransom, gun smuggling and drug trafficking in Sulu.

Monsalve said that since the year started, they have already accounted for 17 most wanted in the regional level, 11 of them carrying a total bounty of P1.885 million; 34 most wanted in the provincial level; two most wanted in the city level; two most wanted foreign fugitives; and one member of a partisan armed group.

PNP-IG operatives also led 29 operations against loose firearms from January to May.

Dozens of those who were sent to jail as a result of PNP-IG-led manhunt operations were also the subject of reward money offered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government for their capture.

Latest to be tracked down by PNP-IG operatives in the countryside were two most wanted murder suspects, who, each carried a P90,000 bounty for their arrest. They were brothers Neptali and Mardoc Lipaopao.

The Lipaopaos were among the Regional Most Wanted Persons in Mimaropa region.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to account for most wanted persons under our Oplan: Salikop program in order to further keep the streets safe,” Monsalve told the Journal Group.