No. 9 most wanted person in Region 1 nabbed

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — After several years of hiding in the Visayas and Mindanao, the number 9 most wanted person in the Ilocos region finally fell into the hands of the law last January 7.

Police Chief Superintendent Ricardo C. Marquez, Police Regional Office 1 director announced that at 7 a.m. of the said date, operatives of the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) after coordinating with Lambayong police station have arrested Jolly Ordanza Abuan, married, 56 years old, ex. Army, and a resident of Barangay Calapugan, San Quintin, Pangasinan, in his hideout in Barangay Palumbi, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat.

Police Senior Superintendent Ramon O. Purugganan, Chief of the RID, immediately dispatched a team of police operatives from PRO1 upon confirmation of a report provided by an informant that Abuan was spotted in the said barangay that led to his successful arrest.

After proper documentation at the local police station, Abuan was subsequently turned-over to intelligence operatives of PRO1.

Abuan is facing charges of illegal possesion of firearms with criminal case number T-1948 and rape with homicide with CC no. T-1949 issued by Judge Ulysses R. Butuyan of Branch 51, Regional Trial Court, Tayug, Pangasinan.

Abuan is listed among the region’s top most wanted persons with a monetary reward of  P200,000.00 approved under DILG Memorandum Circular Number 2006-146.

“I commend the effort exerted by our personnel in this accomplishment as it is one of our positive steps to ensure secure and fair elections and to give justice to the victims,” Marquez said.

Marquez urged the public to give information as to the whereabouts of other wanted persons referring to them as  rich source of partisan armed groups.

In the 90’s, Abuan was reportedly seen several times in the company of members of the “Pogito Group”, a criminal group engaged in gun for hire, illegal drug trade and carnapping activities operating in the province of Pangasinan and nearby provinces of Central Luzon.#