Fri. Dec 6th, 2019

Four arrested in region-wide police manhunt

Four persons facing various criminal charges had been arrested by the Palawan police in a region-wide effort conducted throughout the MIMAROPA region under a campaign formerly dubbed “one-time-big-time” operation.

The operation, officially dubbed Enhanced Managing Police Operations (EMPO) and held last January 25 and 26, led to the arrest of some 160 wanted individuals, according to a press statement issued by the Police Regional Office (PRO)-MIMAROPA under new Regional Director Police Chief Supt. Emmanuel Luis Licup.

Licup said the EMPO, which was formerly called “One-Time Big-Time Operations,” or OTBT, is a reinvigorated crime prevention effort of the PNP by using “deliberate programmatic and sustained police operations using crime analysis.

Nabbed in Palawan as part of the operation were: Jerome Hugo, No. 1 most wanted in the municipality of Roxas for rape and violation of Section 10 (a) of R.A. 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act; Didal Langbay Punta, No. 3 most wanted in the town of Rizal for two counts of rape; Bonnie Casa; Casia (alias Bennie), No. 3 most wanted in Magsaysay for violation of R.A. 10654, or the The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998; and Dolphy Cabalda Archedera, No. 10 most wanted in Puerto Princesa for violation of Section 77 of PD 705 (Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines).

They were among the 156 other wanted personalities arrested by the regional police when it conducted 100 police operations in MIMAROPA.

The MIMAROPA police said that of the total figure, 23 were wanted for illegal gambling; three for illegal logging, including one from Puerto Princesa,  34 for illegal fishing, and seven for illegal drugs.

Pieces of evidence recovered from those arrested include three short firearms, Caliber 38 and  22 revolvers  and 45 pistols; several magazines and ammunition; 699 board feet of assorted sawn lumber  with an estimated market value of more or less PHP 30,000; several playing cards, paraphernalia and bet money amounting to Php1,835; two sachets of suspected shabu and illegal drug paraphernalia, and several paraphernalia used in illegal fishing activities.

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