CIDG arrests 47 wanted suspect

MANILA, Philippines – forty-seven felons have been arrested by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in a nationwide relentless drive against wanted persons, illegal gambling and loose firearms last week.

CIDG Director, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr., said 16 wanted persons have fallen on the hands of CIDG operating elements, including a 57-year-old woman who was facing multiple warrants for large scale illegal recruitment and estafa.

Pagdilao said that last April 26, 2011, operatives from CIDG anti-transnational crime division have arrested Florinda Saunar, 57, of Emmanuel, BF Resort Village, Las Piñas City.

Saunar, who was arrested at Buendia Avenue, in Makati City, has standing warrant of arrests for large scale illegal recruitment committed by a syndicate at the RTC Branch 16 and at Branch 42, both in Manila.

Aside from the two cases of illegal recruitment, which both courts in Manila did not recommend bail for Saunar who’s also facing 21 counts of estafa in separate courts in Manila, the CIDG chief said.

In other regions, the CIDG has recently arrested Emilio Mendoza, 37, in Brgy. Palihan, Hermosa, Bataan who has been wanted for murder, Glen Fadrigo, 34, of Dumalag, Capiz for frustrated murder, Paciano Diorda, 69, of Dingle, Iloilo, also for frustrated murder.

Pagdilao also said that the CIDG’s Task Force Maverick has accounted for a total of 28 arrested persons, all charged in court for violation of the anti-illegal gambling law, following the four major raids in separate jueteng dens in Metro Manila.

Task Force Maverick has also arrested 10 more persons in its operations in Signal Village, Taguig City for lotteng. All CIDG operations have resulted in the confiscation of a total of P30,174 bet money for the said illegal gambling game.

Also in other regions, anti-illegal gambling operations of the CIDG has resulted in the arrests of three bet collectors in La Union province, two in Pangasinan, and four in Negros Occidental.

Pagdilao, in the wake of the recent results of CIDG’s operations against illegal gambling, has vowed that more intensified drive will be carried out against illegal gambling for the coming weeks.

Pagdilao reminded his regional and provincial CIDG chiefs of his standing one-strike policy against jueteng and directed them to replicate the same intensified drive against the said illegal number game.

Pagdilao directed the Task Force Maverick to hit hard on other illegal gambling operations, especially jueteng, in the other parts of Metro Manila, and in nearby municipalities and cities in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog region. 


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