PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar on Monday ordered the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group to further intensify their effort to account for wanted kidnappers and other criminals in the country to help keep the streets safe.
According to the top cop, the PNP-AKG headed by Colonel Rudolph B. Dimas will play a major role not only in their effort to further curb down incidents of kidnapping-for-ransom but also in hauling to jail all persons who are already the subject of warrants of arrest issued by different courts nationwide.
Gen. Eleazar congratulated the PNP-AKG for a job well done so far. Since the start of the year, the PNP-AKG has accounted for more than a dozen wanted rape suspects, some of them in hiding 20, 15 or 10 years ago year earning the unit commendations from the PNP leadership.
The PNP chief said that the PNP-AKG has proven to all that the long arm of the law will always catch up with wanted criminals.
The PNP-AKG has joined the national police’s massive campaign to account for all wanted persons across the country, whether they are kidnappers, murderers, robbers and rapists as part of the PNP’s effort to bring justice to the victims of these wanted men.
Since last February 1 to last April 13, PNP-AKG operatives have already hauled to jail over 100 wanted personalities, shot dead 13 armed criminals in gunbattles and rescued six POGO-related kidnapping-for-ransom victims.
Of the wanted persons sent to jail by the unit, 52 are included in the list of Top Most Wanted Persons in the national, city and municipal level.
Last May 18, PNP-AKG agents also rescued 27-year-old Chinese national Sun Xiao Lin at the Atrium Hotel in Pasay City where he was kept by his kidnappers for almost three days.
The rescue operation also resulted in the arrest of three kidnappers of Lin identified as his fellow Chinese nationals Ye Hong, 27; and Li Fei, 28 and their Filipino cohort Alvin Israel, 36.
Dimas has ordered all AKG field units to further step-up their effort to account for most wanted persons in their jurisdiction as instructed by Gen. Eleazar. “I have instructed the AKG Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Field Units as well as other AKG operating units to go all-out in accounting for all wanted persons in our list, specifically those who have been ordered arrested by the court,” said Dimas who used to be an ‘operative’ of the now defunct Police Anti-Crime Emergency Response, now known as the PNP-AKG.
A veteran PNP-AKG officer who used to be assigned at the Police Regional Office 4-A in Calabarzon and in PRO6 in Western Visayas region, Dimas said he wants his men to fully coordinate their manhunt operation with local territorial units.