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By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
September 17, 2012

CAMP SEC. RUPERTO K. KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte  –  Police Regional Office 8 intensified its campaign against wanted persons with the arrest of a notorious criminal gang member involved in robbery incidents in Leyte province.

PRO8 Director PCSupt Elmer Ragadio Soria identified the neutralized criminal as one Tommy Bulante y Fuertes, 26, single and a resident of Brgy. San Diego, Alang-alang, Leyte.

Bulante was arrested in the afternoon of September 14 in his hide-out in Brgy. Blumentritt, Alang-alang, Leyte by elements of Alang-alang Police led by PSInsp Jesus Rico Esoy based on a Warrant of Arrest issued by Hon. Judge Rogelio Sescon, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 9, 8th Judicial Region, Tacloban City for the Crime of Robbery docketed under Criminal Case No. 2012-09-522 with recommended bailbond fixed at P100,000 for his temporary liberty.

“The suspect is a member of Inocando/Estilo Criminal Gang involved in the series of robbery incidents in the province of Leyte”, Soria said. With the neutralization of the suspect, the police official called on the victims of said gang to came out and support in the prosecution process for his eventual incarceration.

A criminal gang is composed of two or more members engaged in illegal activities operating in an area for profit purposes.

Meanwhile, with the intensified and extensive implementation of LOI Manhunt: Charlie, the PNP’s campaign for the neutralization of wanted persons, PRO8 had already arrested 1081 persons with Warrants of Arrests issued by various courts in Region 8 for assorted criminal offenses.

“Out of this, 105 are considered Most Wanted Persons or those considered armed, dangerous and poses a great danger to the community”, Soria said.

The Regional Director further averred that the above date translates to 33.8% arrest rate out of 5,328 wanted persons regionwide.

“Most of the arrests were successfully implemented with the active support of the community through sharing of vital information on the whereabouts of criminals,” Soria further informed, adding that this dynamic involvement by various stakeholders is effective in any anti-crime effort by the PNP.