NBI launches manhunt against slain AFG leader's sister

November 6, 2009 9:33 am 

MANILA, Nov. 6 –Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have launched a manhunt against a sister of the leader of Alvin Flores Group (AFG) of robbers who was slain in Cebu last week.

The name of Merlinda Flores, sister of AFG leader Alvin Flores cropped up following a raid by NBI agents and police operatives on the hideout of the group in Plaridel, Bulacan Friday afternoon.

NBI Deputy Director for Intelligence Services Ruel Lasala said that Merlinda rented the raided bungalow three weeks ago.

Merlinda, he said, had also outstanding warrant of arrest for robbery.

The raiding team on the AFG hideout at Block 88, Lot 6, Phase 4, jupiter Street, Plaridel, Bulacan yielded cache of firearms, ammunitions and other paraphernalia used in the Greenbelt 5 heist in Makati City on Oct. 18.

Lasala said the raiding team, composed of 30 operatives and led by lawyer Roel Bolivar, chief of the NBI Reaction, Interdiction and Arrest Division (RIAD,) was equipped with search warrant issued by Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 11 (RTC) when they conducted the operation.

The NBI surrounded the bungalow at 4:50 p.m. Thursday but entered the premises at 1:30 p.m. the following day.

“Surveillance was first conducted before the raiding team finally swooped down on the place,” said Lasala.

There was no occupant at the bungalow when the NBI agents and PNP operatives entered the place.

Lasala said there was no person arrested during the operation but seized firearms and ammunitions.

The law enforcers found cache of firearms which include M. 16, M.14, shotgun, M-203, carbine and several ammunitions from the place. The operatives also found hammers, PNP uniforms, bomb squad uniform, Bitag t-shirts, bolt cutter, taxi meter, taxi signage, red plates, helmets, two-way radios and several others used in robbery.

The NBI said that members of the AFG proceeded to the place after carrying out the Greenbelt 5 heist.

“While the place was leased three weeks ago, neighbors saw two two men, two women and a child frequenting to the place for a week. There are reports that the group proceeded there after the Greenbelt 5 heist to hide,” the NBI official said. (PNA)

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