Nearly 20,000 criminals arrested in January-June 2014

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Friday, August 1, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested 19,721 wanted persons all over the country during the first half of 2014, a police official said Thursday.

PNP spokesperson Wilben Mayor said this year's statistics is 18.31 percent higher than last year's 16,661.

Mayor said 109 of the 19,721 arrested wanted persons were on the top most wanted persons list with a price on the head.

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Several significant apprehensions were the arrests of Khair Mundos, an alleged key official of the bandit group, Abu Sayyaf; Dionision Daulong, the suspected killer of a radio broadcaster in Bukidnon; spouses Wilma and Benito Tiamzons who were reportedly two of the highest ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA); Warden Legawan and Sahid Guimadel who were allegedly involved in the Maguindanao Massacre; and Mihaji Hamjuda, a suspected militant bomb expert.

Mayor said this accomplishment only proves that the PNP is dedicated in ensuring and maintaining the peace and order throughout the country which is part of the “Serbisyong Makatotohanan” being imposed by the PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima.

He said the PNP is currently implementing crackdown against wanted person and it is expected that more criminals will be put behind bars in the coming days “hopefully including the remaining top four in the wanted persons list” which includes retired General Jovito Palparan, the Reyes brothers, ex Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes and the former Dinagat representative Ruben Ecleo. (Sunnex)

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