CIDG nabs 6 rebels turned gun-for-hire

SIX former Communist rebels turned gun-for-hire were arrested by operatives of Cavite Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Rizal province while another notorious gunman was arrested in Batangas as CIDG intensifies its nationwide manhunt against fugitives wanted for heinous crimes.

CIDG chief, Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. said that around 5:00 a.m., CIDG operatives in Cavite led by Police Chief Inspector Rey Magdaluyo have arrested six members of the notorious Bermejo gun-for-hire syndicate in their hideout in Sitio Upper Kilingan, Brgy. San Jose, a mountainous boundary between Antipolo City and Baras town in Rizal.

Magdaluyo identified the suspects as Christopher Bermejo, 22, Lito Bermejo, 30, Prisco Bermejo, 67, Rene Bermejo, 23, and Leoncio Bermejo. The suspects have warrants of arrest issued by the court in Catanduanes for the August 2010 murder of Araojo and Nestro Eustaquio in Karamuram, Catanduanes.

Magdaluyo said that the suspects were also tagged in the murder of a member of Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU). After the killing, the suspects fled to Rizal province afterward where they continued with their gun-for-hire activities.

Magdaluyo added that the group was eventually neutralized after a member of CIDG’s Community Investigative Service (CIS) in Cavite who has the information on the whereabouts of the suspects volunteer to help the CIDG in tracking down the group in their lair in Rizal province. Anthony Vargas

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