‘Manhunt Charlie’ nets 13 wanted persons in Caraga region

BUTUAN CITY – A massive manhunt operation conducted by operatives of the Philippine National Police in Caraga Region resulted in the arrest of 13 wanted persons in the area.

Brig. Gen. Joselito T. Esquivel Jr., Police Regional Office-Caraga director, said four of the 13 arrested personalities are considered top wanted persons in the region.

 In a statement on Tuesday (October 8), Esquivel said the massive manhunt and serving of warrants of arrest--dubbed as “Manhunt Charlie--was simultaneously launched by various police stations in the region on Monday.
Topping the list of accomplishments was the operation conducted by policemen of Barobo, Surigao del Sur, which resulted in the arrest of Aveclima A. Balahay, 54, a resident of Poblacion Barobo and considered as the eighth most wanted person in the area.

Balahay was arrested through the warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 28 in Lianga, Surigao del Sur for violation of Republic Act No. 9287 or the anti-illegal numbers games.

Members of Barobo PNP also arrested on Monday the 7th most wanted person, Leonardo A. Curada, 37, who is facing illegal gambling charges.
Meanwhile, members of Butuan City Police Station 1 (BCPS-1), in coordination with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Eric C. Ginelga alias Ricky, 18, a resident of Riverside, Butuan City.

Ginelga, considered as the No. 7 most wanted person in the BCPS-1 area, was arrested through a warrant of arrest for robbery.

In the town of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur, operatives arrested Jhonny Jay P. Java, 24,  a resident of Barangay Kioya.

Java, the No. 8 wanted person in Sibagat town, is facing robbery charges in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.

The other wanted persons were arrested in the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Agusan del Norte, Butuan City, and Surigao City, with crimes ranging from malversation of public funds, theft, reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and illegal logging.

Following Monday's operations, Esquivel assured the public of the PNP’s continuing effort to arrest the wanted persons in their area of responsibility.

“I am optimistic that with the help of other law enforcement agencies and active support of the community, we will win this war against criminality,” Esquivel said. (PNA)

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