Ilocos Norte’s 16 most wanted persons arrested since Jan. 2012: OIC provincial director

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Sixteen most wanted persons in Ilocos Norte have been arrested from January 2012 to January 2013, the officer in charge of Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office announced recently.

Police Senior Superintendent Manolito C. Labador, OIC of Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, said that Edmund Vicente and his co- accused Ident As Javar Java a.k.a. Jake Java, were the latest MWP in Ilocos Norte who were arrested by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Hon. Judge Francisco Quilala of RTC Br 14 Laoag City docketed under criminal case # 13237-14.

Both are facing murder cases with no bail in the sala of Judge Quilala.

Months earlier, the police have arrested Alex Pascual Cariaga who is wanted for murder at RTC Br 16, Laoag city with Criminal Case #8287-16 and Emiterio Cristobal Bagay, also wanted for murder at RTC Br 19, Bangui, Ilocos Norte with Criminal Case # 1559-15.

Labador, also the Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO) of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1),  stressed that the arrests were successfully effected through the cooperation of the community and the local police in their campaign for a SAFE 2013 (secure and fair elections).

Labador said that Ilocos Norte, the sole province of Region 1 not included in the 15 priority provinces in the upcoming elections, maintains strong police presence in public areas through police visibility operations especially in crime prone areas to deter the commission of crimes, strengthens the police beat system, and optimizes the utilization of anti-crime actions in the fight against any acts of violence, crimes or felonies.

“The successful arrests of Edmund Vicente and Javar Java a.k.a. Jake Java connotes only the beginning of a stronger campaign against wanted persons, partisan armed groups (PAGs),  guns for hire and loose firearms not only in IIocos Norte but in all provinces of Ilocandia region.  This is just the start as we will still look for further improvements knowing that the election period is very near,” Labador added.

“Although, Ilocos Norte was not included in the priority watch list areas, it does not mean that our police there should relax. They too should exert their best effort in serving and protecting the people not only for their own province but for the welfare of the whole region.  In adherence to the marching directives of our new Regional Director PCSupt. Ricardo C. Marquez, all of these lawless elements will be hit hard by the police,” he stressed.  #