THREE of the Philippines most wanted criminals, one of them an accused in the infamous Maguindanao Massacre which left 57 people including 27 members of the press dead on November 23, 2009 were captured by agents of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Group in separate manhunt operations this week, a report to PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde said yesterday.
PNP-IG director, Police Brigadier General Edgar S. Monsalve identified one of the three as Nasser M. Malaguia, a suspect in the Maguindanao Massacre who was arrested in Poblacion Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental last Monday morning by members of the Regional Intelligence Unit 11 with the assistance of the Don Marcelino Municipal Police Station.
Monsalve said that a P250,000 bounty has been offered by the DILG for the arrest of Malaguia.
The second identified as Richard Abellano, a man wanted for murder and frustrated murder and tagged as the no. 1 most wanted person in Ilocos-Pangasinan region was tracked down in his hiding place in Barangay Punturin in Valenzuela City by members of the PNP-IG Intelligence and Security Operations Division and the Regional Intelligence Unit 1 with the assistance of the Valenzuela City Police.
The subject of a P150,000 reward, the suspect was placed under arrest on the strength of a warrant issued by Judge Ma. Ellen Aguilar of the Alaminos City RTC Branch 54 in Pangasinan.
The third identified as Ampilo Tagle, the subject of a warrant of arrest for murder issued by Judge Norberto Quisubming of the Imus, Cavite RTC Branch 21 was arrested in Bgy. Hugo Perez in Trece Martirez City, Cavite last Tuesday.
Monsalve said that operatives of the RIU4-A, with the help of the Cavite Police Provincial Office and the Naval Intelligence Security Group tracked down the suspect in his hiding place following weeks of surveillance.
The DILG has offered a P140,000 bounty for the capture of the suspect in 2006, said the PNP-IG director.
Monsalve said that the three are now being held under the custody of the arresting RIU units pending their presentation to court. No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of all arrested suspects, he said.
“The arrests of the three is the result of our intensified implementation of the Letter of Instruction Manhunt-Charlie of the PNP which is aimed at accounting for the country’s most wanted persons thru closer coordination between all PNP units,” said Monsalve.