PNP arrests 1,000 wanted persons in December-April

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested more wanted persons in December 2013 to April 2014 compared to same period last year.

Director Benjamin Magalong of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the number of arrested wanted persons from December 11, 2012 to April 29, 2013 increased to 1,015 or 97.47 percent from last year's 514.

"Dahil ito sa mas pinaigting na campaign against wanted persons and also a part of our PNP chief's CODE P," Magalong said in a press briefing at the PNP national headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City, Thursday.

CODE P or Competence, Organizational Development, Discipline, Excellence and Professionalism is in line with the program of PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima since 2012 dubbed "P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030" or "Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and upholding of the Rule-Of-Law," which focuses in the vital accomplishment on the PNP's mission of "enforcing the law, preventing and controlling crimes, maintaining peace and order, and ensuring public safety and internal security with the active support of the community."

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Magalong said among the significant apprehensions were the arrest of Sahid Guimadel on February 7 and Warden Kusain Ligawen on May 7. Both were facing charges of multiple murder due to their involvement in the election-related murders of 58 people in Maguindanao province in 2009.

Also arrested in same period were Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army (CPP-NPA) top leaders Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma on March 22 in Cebu. The couple is facing several charges such as multiple murder cases in relation to the killing of civilians in Inopacan, Leyte, whose bodies were discovered in a mass grave in 2006, serious illegal detention and kidnapping cases for allegedly abducting four military officers and a narcotic command agent in a checkpoint and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, which was filed after the authorities seized equipments in their custody during their arrest.

Businessman Delfin Lee, one of the five most wanted persons in the country, was arrested outside a hotel in March for syndicated estafa case in connection with the P6.6 billion Globe Asiatique scam.

Also arrested in same period were alleged Abu Sayaff member Abdulgappar Immambakal and several others who were facing charges of murder, illegal recruitment, homicide, estafa and rape.

Magalong said the PNP is doing its best to arrest more wanted persons.

"We stepped up nearly 100 percent compared last year but still hindi kami nakukuntento, we will go beyond our limits just to make sure that individuals who deviate from the law will pay for their actions," he said. (Sunnex)

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