Monday July 23, 2018

Former Kinawe village chief surrenders

THE former village chief of Kinawe in Libona, Bukidnon turned himself in to authorities Tuesday, three days after narrowly escaping arrest from a composite police and military team.

Former Kinawe barangay chairman Tarcisio Barros surrendered to Libona town Mayor Leonardo Genesis Calingasan at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24.

Bukidnon Governor Jose Maria Zubiri facilitated the turnover of Barros to Chief Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb, regional director of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Northern Mindanao.

He was later brought to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Northern Mindanao at Camp Evangelista in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City, for his detention.

Police said Barros surrendered to the officials of Libona and Provincial Government to ensure his safety and security.

PRO-Northern Mindanao spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said Barros yielded because he wanted to see his wife, Cherry, who was among those arrested during the operation.

"No further details na. Ni-surrender siya kay gusto niya makita iyang asawa (He wanted to see his wife)," Gonda said.

The female Barros was the incumbent Kinawe village chief. Eighteen others were also arrested.

Gonda said Barros escaped when a gunfight erupted as the authorities carried out a lawful search in their houses in Kinawe.

Wounded in the operation were three government soldiers. Several firearms, explosives and bomb-making components were seized from the suspects.

Gonda declined to disclose other details concerning Barros’ surrender like where he took refuge and who were the people with him when he eluded arrest.

However, investigators suspect that former Misamis Occidental provincial board member Ricardo Parojinog was with Barros when they fled the area.

CIDG-Northern Mindanao deputy chief Superintendent Melgar Devaras said Parojinog was sighted in the area and has reportedly been conducting mining and treasure hunting activities in the area.

Authorities are also investigating on the possible links of the Barros's to the organized criminal group Kuratong Baleleng in Misamis Occidental.

The CIDG-Northern Mindanao already pressed charges against the arrested suspects including Tarcisio and a John Doe.

The suspects will be charged with direct assault, frustrated murder, frustrated homicide and violations of Republic Acts 10591 and 9516 for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives.