THREE most wanted persons (MWPs) in Eastern and Central Visayas regions were hauled to jail by the local police in separate manhunt operations this week, a report to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Dionardo B. Carlos said on Saturday.
One of the suspects identified as Renato Albarido, a 46-year-old farmer tagged as the 5th most wanted person in Eastern Visayas was arrested by the local police in a manhunt operation in Jaro, Leyte early morning Tuesday.
Police Regional Office 8 (PRO8) Director Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac said that Albarido who is long wanted for a non-bailable murder case was tracked down in his hiding place in Sitio Gapas, Barangay Macanip in Jaro municipality.
Banac said that members of the Jaro Municipal Police Station (MPS) and the 121st Special Action Company of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) arrested the suspect in his residence on the strength of a warrant for murder issued by Judge Lolita Mercado of the Tacloban City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 34.
The suspect is now being held at the Jaro Police jail.
The two others were arrested by members of the PRO7 under Brig. Gen. Roque Edgardo DP Vega in separate police operations in Bohol and Negros Oriental on the same day.
Vega said that one of the two identified as Juanito Saranza, 42, a construction worker wanted for sexual abuse and violation of the anti-child abuse law was arrested by officers from the Loboc and Anda MPS, the Bohol Police Provincial Office (PPO), and the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group in Bgy. Jimilian in Loboc.
Judge Samuel Biliran of the Loay, Bohol RTC Br. 50 recommended a P200,000 bail for the temporary liberty of the suspect who was described as the 6th most wanted man in Bohol province.
The 2nd was identified as Ronel Torres, 27, of Bgy. 3 in Siaton, Negros Oriental wanted for a non-bailable rape case was arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Siaton MPS on the basis of a warrant for rape issued by Judge Lynna Adviento of the Cebu City RTC Br. 18.
“I commend the effort of the units responsible for the successful arrest of these three most wanted persons in Eastern and Central Visayas,” said Gen. Carlos as he called on his men to further step up their effort to account for all persons included in their most wanted list.
“Let us sustain our efforts and continue to intensify our manhunt operations to bring these criminals to folds of justice and face the charges filed against them in court. Mas madali nating maitaguyod ang kapayapaan, seguridad at pag-unlad ng bansa kung lahat ay magsasama-sama at magtutulungan,” the PNP Chief said.