Cops round up 12 fugitives in region-wide sweep

Caraga’s highest-ranking police official said at least 12 fugitives were arrested in a single day across the region Thursday in a coordinated sweep that emphasized the campaign against wanted persons.

“The arrest of these persons are clear indications that Caraga police vowed to account all wanted persons and arrest of other persons involved in criminal activities,” said Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr, Caraga police director.

Esquivel said the arrested persons on Jan. 23  were charged with offenses ranging from murder to acts of lasciviousness.

Arrested in Agusan  del Sur province were suspects Michael Castor charged with homicide and accused of violating Republic Act No. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) and RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act), Elmo Otero, facing attempted murder and Cheryl Tanoy, for qualified Theft.

In Surigao del Norte, PNP tracker teams arrested Antonio Casupas, facing murder and frustrated murder; and Rico Oraliza, for acts of lasciviousness.

In Agusan del Norte, Luther Manlanat was charged with violence against women and children charges, and Lord Gin Bensig and Vincent Feguro for theft. In Butuan City, Archie Akiatan was arrested for traffic violation.

Ronald Fernandez, Hesus Cuajao and Alvin Rivera, of Surigao del Sur were also arrested for violence against women and children charges and violation of forestry laws, respectively.

The Caraga police chief attributed the successful operations to the active support and cooperation of the community and intelligence-driven efforts of the police in the region.

“It is a clear proof that this regional office’s commitment in bringing closer ties to the community who continuously support our campaign against criminality was a success,” Esquivel said.

He vowed to further intensify its campaign against wanted persons, dubbed as “Manhunt Charlie” and ordered all police chiefs to arrest fugitives on the “most wanted persons” list in the region. By CLC

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