CIDG busts kidnap group in Surigao City

November 15, 2012 11:11 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 15 — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Surigao City has foiled a possible abduction following an encounter with six armed members of the Dino kidnapping group that resulted in the death of their leader and arrest of other suspects on Wednesday.

CIDG chief Director Samuel D Pagdilao Jr. identified the leader of the crime group as Dino Patosa, of Sitio Baoy, Barangay San Isidro in Gigaquit, Surigao Del Norte.

The police said the group is engaged in abduction, gun-for-hire and robbery activities in the CARAGA region.

Patosa was fatally wounded during the encounter Wednesday afternoon in Barangay Ipil, Surigao City but was pronounced dead at the CARAGA Regional Hospital.

Also arrested after the encounter were Globert Aleria, 37, a former Philippine Army member and resident of Colambugan, Maramag, Bukidnon; Gerry Obenita, 27, also an ex-Army member of Purok 3, Ganayon, Lianga, Surigao Del Sur; Ronald Brunio, 30, of La Paz II, Kulambog, Lapasan, Cagayan De Oro City; Julito Beling, 42, of Cabugo, Claver, Surigao Del Norte; and Norie Apac, 40, of Barangay Bunyasan, Malimono, Surigao Del Norte.

Pagdilao said that CIDG operatives led by Surigao Del Norte CIDG chief, Senior Insp. Gerson Soliven, together with the CIDG from Surigao Del Sur and members of the PNP Maritime Group, encountered the Dino group when the suspects fired at policemen.

Pagdilao said the CIDG in CARAGA received a report last Nov. 9 that Dino’s group was planning to abduct a member of a prominent Laurente family in Surigao City.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, three members of Dino’s group on board a motorcycle were sighted by the joint CIDG and Maritime Group in Barangay Ipil near the residence of the Laurente’s. The suspects were cornered by the policemen and arrested.

They were Aleria, Obenita and Brunio, who were sent ahead of the other suspects to act as lookouts.

Minutes later, a second motorcycle arrived near the residence of the supposed victim but they eluded the checkpoint after noticing the presence of policemen. This prompted the CIDG to give chase.

However, during a brief pursuit, one of the suspects fell from the motorcycle. His companions attempted to pick him up but pursuing CIDG operatives caught up with them. The suspects fired at the approaching lawmen but the CIDG retaliated and the leader of the group was fatally wounded.

The CIDG recovered two motorcycles from the group, one fragmentation grenade, two .45-caliber pistols, a homemade caliber 5.56 revolver, and several rounds of ammunition.

Pagdilao said the recent encounter in Surigao City was part of the CIDG’s Oplan “Salikop” and Oplan “Paglalansag Omega” that target organized crime groups.

Since January this year, the CIDG has neutralized a total of 79 organized crime groups in its nationwide operation.

The CIDG also arrested 438 members and killed four organized crime group members during the period. (PNA)

LAM/PFN

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