Days are numbered

NOW that Police Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. and his Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) have decided to join the fray, this so-called new “Big Four” will certainly have their days numbered and will have to stop from continuously putting the Philippine National Police leadership in shame as they’ve been effectively evading their hunters for months.

If I were ex-Army General Jovito Palparan Jr., brothers ex-Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and Coron Mayor Mario Reyes and convicted Dinagat Island Rep. and cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr., I wouldn’t waste time to come out and clear their names rather than getting caught by Pagdilao’s reinforced task force group.

With P1M bounty on his head, Palparan has been wanted for the disappearance of two University of the Philippines activists.

On one hand, the PNP has additional P300,000 cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of the Reyes brothers, the suspected masterminds in the January 2011 murder of Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega.  This is on top of the P1.55 million previously offered by private individuals and groups for the brothers’ arrest.

As for Ecleo, who was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of his wife 10 years ago, the PNP has just recommended an additional P300,000 for his capture, raising the current bounty to P450,000.

Well, unless the “Big Four” are really “guilty as charged,” that’s why, they opted to remain in hiding maybe under the cloak of some personalities who provide refuge and even financial support.

But Gen. Pagdilao wants them also to be the targets of the extensive operations headed by Senior Supt. Keith Ernald Singian, CIDG’s deputy director for operation and over 80 men out to run after these fugitives.

Ordering the commanders under his turf to make it a top priority task for all concerned to help the CIDG in finding leads on the whereabouts of the “Big Four” so that they can be brought to the bar of justice to answer for their crimes, Gen. Pagdilao is appealing to those sympathetic to instead help convince them to turn themselves to the authorities and prove their innocence in courts.

A lawyer, Gen. Pagdilao is just right to stress a point that the efforts to hunt down the “Big Four” wouldn’t mean that they have been found guilty already. They should see this as an opportunity to clear their names in court. For pranksters out to mislead the authorities if they use the CIDG hotline numbers, they should be tracked down and made liable for obstruction of justice.

And now, who says Gen. Pagdilao and PNP Chief Director Gen. Nicanor Bartolome are not seeing eye-to-eye these days?

The CIDG chief maintains that he serves under the leadership and guidance of Gen. Bartolome as he assures the latter that he and the entire PNP organization wouldn’t fall for such scheme to rip it apart.

Now you know.

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