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An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) died in a shootout with policemen in Zamboanga City early Saturday, police said.

Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, Zamboanga City police director, identified the fatality as Joel Sacro, resident of Brgy. Putik, and a PDEA agent assigned in Tawi-Tawi.

The “shootout” occurred around 7:30 a.m. in an apartment along Saavedra extension, Brgy. Sta. Maria.

Elements of the city’s Police Station 7 went to the area after a resident complained that Sacro indiscriminately fired his gun, De Ocampo told Bandera in a text message.

“While approaching the apartment, the suspect fired his firearm, prompting the responding policemen to fire back, causing his untimely death,” De Ocampo said.

Members of the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives later arrived at the scene and recovered two caliber-.45 pistols and a caliber-5.56 M16A2 rifle from the slain suspect, he said. (John Roson)

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Authorities rescued a Korean woman from kidnappers in Iligan City on Sunday night, but she was injured as the suspects engaged the lawmen in a shootout, police said.

Yeung Ting Ting, 45, suffered a bullet wound during the firefight and was brought to the Dr. Uy Hospital for treatment, Supt. Ronnie Francis Cariaga, Northern Mindanao regional police spokesman, said.

According to Cariaga, six armed men took Yeung from the Hong Jek Merchandise store along Quezon ave. around 7 p.m. and forced her into a red Toyota Lite Ace van (GSH-351).

Members of Iligan City Public Safety Company launched an operation to rescue the foreigner and intercepted the abductors’ vehicle along C-3 Road, Brgy. Santa Elena.

A brief firefight ensued, resulting in the wounding of Yeung and one of the suspects, Cariaga said.

The abductors eventually left Yeung and their vehicle, and escaped to a hilly area, he said. (John Roson)

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Thirteen suspected members of a criminal group were killed while a police official was injured in a clash between Atimonan and Plaridel, Quezon, on Sunday afternoon, police and military officials said.

Members of the Calabarzon regional police intelligence division and Quezon Provincial Police encountered suspected members of a “partisan armed group” around 3 p.m., PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo said in a text message.

Col. Generoso Bolina, spokesman of the Armed Forces’ Southern Luzon Command, said the policemen, along with members of the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion, flagged down two Montero sports utility vehicles at a checkpoint in Brgy. Tanauan, Plaridel, but were fired upon by the vehicles’ occupants.

The shooting prompted the policemen and soldiers to retaliate, Bolina said.

Thirteen were killed on the criminal group’s side while a certain Supt. Marantan was injured on the government side, Cerbo said.

Supt. Hansel Marantan was rushed to the Dona Martha Hospital due to bullet wounds to the left arm and left foot, but was later transferred to a hospital in Lucena City, according to Chief Supt. James Melad, Calabarzon regional police director.

The suspects’ SUVs were also destroyed during the shootout, Bolina said.

Troops recovered an M14 rifle, M16 baby armalite rifle, and at least eight caliber-.45 pistols from the slain suspects, he added. (John Roson)

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Policemen in Eastern Visayas have been alerted for possible attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) following the arrest of an alleged leader of the rebel group’s “assassination squad” in Llorente, Eastern Samar.

Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, Eastern Visayas regional police director, said Clodualdo Anua, a leader of the NPA’s Special Partisan Armed Unit (Sparu), was arrested after a shootout on Saturday.

Police in Llorente recieved an information past 9 p.m. Saturday that five suspected Sparu members were roaming in Sitio Parik, Brgy. 1.

Upon arriving in the area to check the report, members of the Llorente Police were fired upon by armed men so they retaliated, Soria said.

The armed men fled after a brief firefight but one of them, later identified as Anua, was arrested when police gave chase, he said.

Anua, who yielded a caliber-.45 pistol loaded with four live ammunition, is now detained at the Llorente Police Station.

Soria said Anua’s arrest dealt a blow to the NPA’s operations, but warned policemen of retaliatory attacks from the rebel group.

“I reminded our policemen to be alert and vigilant as they (NPA) might conduct atrocities in relation to the accomplishment,” he said.

Soria ordered all police stations to implement “target-hardening” measures and enhance personnel security. (John Roson)

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Authorities shot dead the alleged leader of a kidnapping group and arrested five of his followers, including two former soldiers, during an operation in Surigao City, Wednesday afternoon, a police official said.

Dino Patosa, head of the kidnapping group, was killed when he and his men shot it out with members of PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, CIDG chief Dir. Samuel Pagdilao Jr. said.

Patosa’s followers – identified as Globert Aleria, Gerry Obenita, both former Army members; Julito Beling, Norie Apac, both of Surigao Del Norte; and Ronald Brunio, of Cagayan De Oro City – were arrested after the encounter.

The shootout around 3:30 p.m. occurred while CIDG teams from Surigao Del Norte and Surigao Del Sur, along with members of the PNP Maritime Group, were conducting a checkpoint in Brgy. Ipil.

The operation was launched after the CIDG in Caraga received a report on Nov. 9 that Patosa’s group was planning to abduct a member of the prominent Laurente family, Pagdilao said.

Aleria, Obenita, and Brunio were arrested when they were spotted roaming near the Laurentes’ residence on a motorcycle, apparently to serve as “lookouts,” Pagdilao said.

Another motorcycle with three men on it arrived minutes later but evaded the checkpoint, prompting the CIDG teams to give chase.

The operatives eventually caught up with the suspects when they tried to pick up a companion who fell off the motorcycle during the chase.

This was when the suspects fired at the lawmen, who retaliated and hit Patosa, Pagdilao said.

Aside from the two motorcycles, the CIDG operatives seized a fragmentation grenade, two caliber-.45 pistols, a homemade caliber-5.56 revolver, and several rounds of ammunition, from the suspects.

Patosa’s group is also engaged in gun-for-hire and robbery activities in the Caraga region, Pagdilao said. (John Roson)

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Six alleged members of a group engaged in hired killings and robberies were killed when they shot it out with policemen in Calamba City, Laguna, Monday morning, a police official said.

Chief Supt. James Melad, Calabarzon regional police director, said intelligence operatives and Calamba City police encountered the six in Brgy. Lecheria between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

“Matagal na itong minamanmanan, actually iniiexpect nga ng tropa na dalawang sasakyan ang gagamitin… nakatanggap kami ng information na may titirahin sila, may papatayin,” Melad said in a phone interview.

The regional police chief, however, said the names of the slain have yet to be ascertained.

Five of the six, who were on a Toyota Innova (TDI-214), died on the spot while the other expired on the way to a local hospital.

Police recovered from the scene three caliber-.45 pistols, a caliber-.9mm handgun, and an M16 armalite rifle, Melad said.

“Gun-for-hire at robbery-holdup group ito, nag-ooperate sila sa Batangas at Laguna, minsan umaabot pa nga ng Quezon,” he added. (John Roson)

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Escaped hostage-taker Joebert “Ondo” Perez and three policemen were injured in a grenade explosion as his gang battled it out with authorities near the public market of San Francisco, Agusan del Sur, early Friday, a police official said.

Perez, charged for taking 70 hostages in Prosperidad two years ago, is presently confined at the Democrito Plaza Memorial Hospital, Agusan del Sur provincial police director Senior Supt. Glenn de la Torre said.

Two of the three injured policemen have been declared outpatient by doctors while the other was recommended for transfer to a hospital in Butuan City for further treatment, he said.

De la Torre did not name the injured lawmen, but said they were all “new graduates” and non-commissioned officers.

The explosion occurred around 2 a.m. while police were conducting operations against members of an “organized crime group” near the San Francisco Public Market, he said.

“Pinapaputukan tapos pinasabugan sila (policemen) ng granada, doon na-injure ‘yung tatlong pulis natin,” De la Torre said, adding that the area is just less than a kilometer away from the town’s police station.

Aside from Perez, at least five other members of the group were arrested, De la Torre said.

Just recently, Perez was identified as among five armed men who held up a Bachelor Express bus (LYC-813) in Prosperidad on Oct. 28.

Perez first gained notoriety after he and his armed tribal group abducted more than 70 people, including 17 schoolchildren, and held them hostage in the mountainous area of Sitio Maitum, Brgy. San Martin, Prosperidad, on Dec. 10, 2009.

The hostages were eventually released in batches until all were freed on Dec. 13.

Perez was later charged for kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and robbery, and was detained at the Surigao del Sur District Jail in Tandag City, but escaped on April 22, this year.

Last July 3, the local government of Prosperidad and Caraga regional police released a P100,000 reward for any information that will lead to Perez’s arrest. (John Roson)

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Six suspected hijackers, including three Metro Manila policemen, were killed in back-to-back encounters with policemen in Dasmarinas City, Cavite, early Friday.

Two of the slain suspects were identified through their ID cards as PO2 Robert Santos, who went Awol from the National Capital Region Police Office last August, and PO1 Junjie Jun Liangco, an active member of the NCR Regional Public Safety Battalion, Cavite provincial police director Senior Supt. John Bulalacao said.

The third suspect is believed to be PO3 Jessie Villanueva of the Manila Police Station 8 (Sta. Mesa), Bulalacao said in a phone interview.

Three other slain suspects remain unidentified as of this writing, but police believe these had been involved in other hijacking incidents in the Southern Tagalog area.

Recovered from the suspects were a K-9 sub-machine gun, two caliber-.9mm pistols and a caliber-.45 pistol with PNP markings, and two caliber-.38 revolvers.

The clashes occurred around 2 a.m. in Brgy. Lankaan 2 and Brgy. San Agustin 3.

Bulalacao said members of the Dasmarinas City Police and Cavite Provincial Police intelligence branch conducted an operation in the two areas after they were tipped off by five other suspected hijackers arrested on Thursday.

“Ang nag-lead sa amin eh ‘yung unang lima na nahuli kahapon, tatlong lalaki at dalawang babae. Sila ‘yung nagturo kung nasaan tinago ‘yung goods na nakuha sa hijacking noong Martes,” he said.

On Tuesday, hijackers stole some P1.9 million worth of grocery items from a delivery van along Aguinaldo Highway in Brgy. Salitran 1.

Yesterday’s encounter resulted in the recovery of the stolen goods, as well as a Mitsubishi Adventure with no registration plate, and a Toyota Vios. (John Roson)

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2 cops, guard hurt in foiling slay try on Surigao del Norte governor
John Roson

Two policemen and a security guard were injured when they foiled an assassination attempt on Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas at the provincial capitol in Surigao City early Monday, police said.

PO2 Ronie Golez suffered bullet wounds on the chest, arm, and neck, while PO2 Jerson Guidulman and security guard Raymar QuiƱonez were hit on the right leg and shoulder, respectively, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

“Unharmed po si governor. Ginawa nilang (policemen) panangga ‘yung sarili nila, pinrotektahan nila si governor kasi ‘yun ang duty nila, detailed sila as escorts ni governor,” Gamba said in a phone interview.

Golez, Guidulman, and QuiƱonez were still being treated at the Surigao Medical Center and Miranda Family Hospital as of this writing.

The shooting occurred around 7:45 a.m. while Matugas and other provincial officials were attending the flag raising ceremony in front of the Hall of Justice.

Samuel Lapac, 69, a former chairman of Brgy. Luna, Surigao City, tried to shoot the governor with a caliber-.45 pistol but was spotted by the security officers, Gamba said.

One of the policemen escorting Matugas fired back and wounded Lapac, who was eventually captured and brought to Caraga Regional Hospital, he said.

Additional security personnel were deployed after the incident and the capitol’s operations have since returned “back to normal,” Gamba said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the suspect’s motive, he added. (John Roson)

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A policeman ended up getting killed while an alleged teacher was injured when their group shot it out with a soldier after a holdup spree in Cortes, Surigao del Sur, on Friday, police reported.

Killed was PO1 Arnold Olvida, assigned at Mati City, Davao Oriental, while his cohort Tomie Olvida, who claimed to be a teacher, suffered a bullet wound on the nose, according to a report from the Caraga regional police.

Three other suspects managed to escape and are now being hunted down.

The shootout occurred shortly before 6 p.m., after the Olvidas’ group staged back-to-back heists in Brgy. Burgos.

The Olvidas, along with three still unidentified men, first held up businessman Nomeriano Curada inside his store, according to the report.

Curada told local police that five men went to his store looking for snacks, but suddenly pulled out guns and declared a heist.

He said the armed men took P400,000 cash, P14,000 worth of jewelries, and a cellphone before escaping towards the National Highway.

Upon reaching the Cortes Municipal Hospital, the robbers tried to take a green motorcycle from Tomas Burnales and his son Vincent.

The Burnaleses resisted so the robbers shot Vincent on both legs and poked a gun on his father’s face, the report said.

It was then that the robbers crossed paths with Msgt. Eleno Leopoldo, of the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion, who happened to be walking along the road after visiting his farm.

As Leopoldo passed by, the robbers fired but failed to hit him.

The soldier, who was carrying his caliber-.22 rifle, returned fire, killing one of the robbers on the spot and hitting another on the nose.

Tomas and Vincent Burnales were later brought to the Adela Sierra Ty Memorial Medical Center.

Wounded suspect Tomie Olvida was brought to the same hospital after policemen captured him in a pursuit.

He yielded a caliber-.45 pistol, two magazines loaded with 17 bullets, a wallet containing an ID card from the Professional Regulation Commission, firearm license, Philhealth ID, and P150 cash.

Authorities recovered from PO1 Arnold Olvida’s body a caliber-.9mm pistol, two magazines loaded with 21 bullets, a wallet containing identification cards from the PNP, AFPSLAI, PSSLAI, Philhealth, Pag-ibig, an ATM card, and a payslip for February 2012.

Also found on his body were a metal class ring, a homemade caliber-.45 pistol loaded with five bullets, and another wallet containing P13,040 cash believed to be owned by Curada. (John Roson)

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