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CIDG chief orders men to go all-out vs ‘rapists’

November 6, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 432 views

PHILIPPINE National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) Director Brigadier General Ronald O. Lee yesterday ordered an all-out campaign to account for wanted “rapists” and other “child abusers” in the country amid their effort to prevent these sex offenders from abusing more victims.

“On orders of PNP chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr., we are stepping-up our effort to arrest wanted rape suspects in the country. Ang rape ay ang pinaka-walang galang na paraan na maranasan ng ating mga kababaihan at kabataan, na hindi kayang isawalang bahala at isantabi ng CIDG. We will ensure that those perpetrators will be accountable for their crimes and have their punishments behind bars,” said Lee.

This week alone, PNP-CIDG operatives hauled to jail seven wanted rape suspects in the countryside. No bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the accused, Lee said.

One of the captured suspects, a resident of Barangay Cabanbanan in Balatan, Camarines Sur, was arrested by members of the CIDG Regional Field Unit 5 and the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) under Brig. Gen. Rudolph B. Dimas on Thursday on the strength of a warrant of arrest for rape issued by Judge Rima Ortega of the Iriga City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 7 in Camarines Sur last October 25.

Two others, tagged as the no. 2 and no. 3 “most wanted persons” (MWPs) in Bataan were arrested in a manhunt operation in Hacienda Lourdes Bani in Bgy. Cataning in Balanga City on Wednesday.

Members of the CIDG Bataan arrested the duo based on a warrant of arrest for rape issued by Judge Dorina Baltazar of the Balanga City Family Court Branch 2 last October 10.

Also last Wednesday, CIDG Region 4-A operatives arrested a 70-year-old suspect tagged as the 9th MWP in the Calabarzon (Cavite/Laguna/Batangas/Rizal/Quezon) region during a manhunt operation in Sitio Ruhat in Bgy. Mambugan, Antipolo City.

The suspect is the subject of a non-bailable warrant of arrest for statutory rape and rape issued by Judge Ana Zita Abuda-Caballegan of the Antipolo City RTC Br. 17, said CIDG Region 4-A chief, Lt. Col. Joel Manuel A. Ana.

Members of the Rizal CIDG Provincial Field Unit led by Maj. Leopoldo B. Cajipe Jr. tracked down the suspect following weeks of surveillance, the official said.

Another suspect, the subject of a non-bailable warrant of arrest for three counts of rape and violation of the Anti-Child Abuse Law was arrested in Bgy. Baligatan in Ilagan City in Isabela province last Tuesday.

Judge Joel Bantasan of the Ilagan City RTC Br. 18 issued the warrant of arrest against the accused last October 26.

Also last Tuesday, CIDG officers arrested two wanted rape suspects, respectively tagged as among MWPs in Cavite and Cebu province.

Lee said that while Filipinos remembered their departed loved ones on All Souls’ Day (Nov. 1), his men were working to put to jail the accused.

The MWP from Cavite was arrested by members of the Manila CIDG District Field Unit in Bgy. F. Reyes in GMA, Cavite, based on a warrant for rape issued by Judge Niven Canlapan of the Carmona, Cavite RTC Br. 109.

On the other hand, the wanted person from Cebu was arrested in Sitio Tawug in Bgy. Taloot in Argao, Cebu, by CIDG Cebu PFU officers with the support of the local police. The suspect was ordered arrested by Judge Fruto Teodorico III of the Mandaue City RTC Br. 86.

Lee called on the public to continue providing them with information on wanted criminals, including those accused of rape.

“Hinihikayat ko din ang aking maagap at matatapang na mga operatiba na ipagpatuloy ang operasyon laban kriminalidad upang matuldukan na ang ganitong malupit at karumal-dumal na krimen at mabigyan ng hustisya ang kanilang mga biktima,” he said.

Lee said they are going all-out against persons who disregard the rights and dignity of women adding “that the PNP as an organization is a staunch defender of women’s rights and will make sure these criminals receive the punishments that the law will impose.”