by Harley F. Palangchao
A female suspect in kidnap for ransom and large-scale illegal recruitment was arrested by agents of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Anti-Kidnapping Group in one of the malls in Baguio on Sept. 17.
S/Supt. Jimmy Catanes, director of the CIDG Central and Northern Luzon Unit, said the female suspect was arrested after surveillance by composite police teams.
The suspect’s name was withheld but Catanes described her to be 30 years old from Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya.
Personnel of the Nueva Vizcaya Police Provincial Office and Intelligence Branch of the Baguio City Police Office also helped in the arrest of the suspect.
The warrant against her was issued after a mother from Alcala, Cagayan and a revenue officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue sought for police assistance after her four-year-old son was reportedly abducted by the suspect.
The CIDG did not mention how much ransom was demanded from the mother.
During interrogation, CIDG discovered that the suspect has another warrant of arrest for large-scale illegal recruitment, which was issued by a regional trial court in Baguio.
At Camp Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad, Cordillera police reported that suspects were also arrested for illegal possession of firearms in Abra and Baguio.
S/Supt. Virgilio Laya, Abra police director, named the arrested person as Edwin Javier Cacho, 47, farmer, who was nabbed in his residence in Manabo.
Seized at the suspect’s residence were drug paraphernalia, a homemade GA 12 shotgun without serial number, a homemade caliber .38 revolver with inside holster, ammunition for GA 12 shotgun, and ammunition for Caliber .38.
Joint members of the Tayum police, CIDG Abra, and the Special Action Force also arrested Efren Alagao of Barangay Patucannay last week.
Seized from his house were one magazine for M14 rifle and one caliber .38 bearing serial number 1094356 with no ammunition.
In Baguio, Police Director Rolando Miranda reported that one Fausto Daguines, 47, was arrested for possession of one cal. 45 pistol, M1911A1 U.S Army, Colt model with serial number 642319, a magazine for cal. 45, and five ammunitions.