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January 31, 2019


On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the CIDG detectives through its OPLAN PAGTUGIS or the campaign against wanted persons apprehended a woman and five (5) others tagged as Most Wanted Persons (MWPs) in Aklan, Cebu, Davao Occidental and Pangasinan.


Reports submitted to PCSUPT AMADOR V CORPUS, the CIDG Acting Director, the arrested persons were identified as LUCILLE MACABANTAD y SOLIVAR who ranks as the No. 9 Municipal Level MWP in Kalibo, Aklan; JOEL BURGOS y SUSUSCO who is listed as the No. 6 Municipal Level MWP in Cebu, CATALINO RECUELO y PALATULON who was tagged as the No. 7 Municipal Level MWP in Cebu, MICHAEL FERNANDEZ y BOOC who is the No. 8 City Level MWP, also in Cebu; FELIX SABANAL CASTRO who ranks as the No. 3 Municipal Level MWP in Sta Maria, Davao Occidental and BENJAMIN ESTRELLA y ESGUERRA who is the No. 7 City Level MWP in Baguio City.


Macabantad was arrested for Qualified Theft by the CIDG RFU 6 based in Aklan led by its Regional Chief, PSUPT BENLINER CAPILI  AND Aklan PHPT, at about 9:00 AM in Brgy, New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.


Meanwhile, Burgos and Recuelo were apprehended by the CIDG Cebu CFU supervised by PSUPT LITO PATAY, Regional Chief of the CIDG RFU 7 for the crime of Murder, at around 7:00 AM in Brgy. Tabunok and for the crime of Rape, at about 8:00 AM in Brgy. Tubod, both in Talisay City, Cebu, respectively.


Fernandez was nabbed for Qualified Rape and Rape through Sexual Assault by joint elements of the CIDG Lapu-Lapu CFU and Cebu CPO, at around 10:45 AM in Ampalaya Village, Brgy. Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.


While Sabanal was nabbed for violation of RA 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act) in relation to RA 8369 (Family Courts Act of 1997) and for two (2) counts of Rape in relation to RA 7610 by manhunt teams from the CIDG RFU 11 based in Davao Occidental headed by its Regional Chief, PSUPT EDILBERTO LEONARDO and Malita MPs, at about 10:30 PM in Poblacion Sta Maria, Davao Occidental.


And Estrella who is also the alleged leader of the “Benjamin Estafa and Swindling Group” opearating in Baguio City and Bengeut, was arrested for Estafa by personnel from the CIDG Baguio CFU supervised by PSUPT CESAR PADAY-OS, Regional Chief, CIDG CAR RFU, Rosales MSP and Pangasinan PPO, at around 4:00 PM in Brgy. Zone 5, Rosales, Pangasinan.   ###