Cop tagged as head of kidnap group escapes police custody hours after arrest

Marje Pelayo   •   October 8, 2018   •   3862


PSupt. Johnny Orme,the alleged leader of a kidnap-for-ransom group in the municipality of Gonzaga | Cagayan Police Provincial Office


CAGAYAN VALLEY, Philippines – A police officer known as the leader of a kidnap-for-ransom group in the municipality of Gonzaga is now on the loose hours after his arrest.

According to PNP Region 2 Director PCSupt. Jose Mario Espino, they were able to arrest PSupt. Johnny Orme at Barangay Callao, Gonzaga on Saturday (October 6) at eight o’clock in the evening.

However, Orme was able to escape the following day (October 7) when he asked members of Gonzaga Police Station for some time to get some clothes and personal items at home while under custody.

Orme was supposed to be delivered to Cagayan Provincial Police Office prior to his escape.

Orme is said to be the leader of a kidnap-for-ransom group allegedly responsible for the disappearance of businessman Carlo Abad Tan from a casino in Metro Manila.

He served as chief of the Parañaque police intelligence branch before he went absent without leave in 2016.

Espino said a pursuit and dragnet operation was immediately launched for the arrest of Orme.

Meanwhile, members of Gonzaga Police headed by PCI Jason Cabauatan and his men are now being investigated for the incident.— Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

6 Abu Sayyaf members nabbed in separate NBI operations

Maris Federez   •   June 11, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) presented to the media on Tuesday (June 11) six alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) who were arrested in separate operations last month.

The NBI said that the six were arrested in Taguig City, Balanga City in Bataan, and Zamboanga City on May 16 and 20.

NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said, “the six arrested were involved in various terrorist activities, ranging from ambush, kidnap for ransom, bombing in Southern Philippines, and recruitment of other members.”

He added that the arrest stemmed from the intelligence reports that they gathered and have led them to the whereabouts of Azmier Maalum in Taguig City.

The joint operations of the NBI, the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) had led to the arrest of Maalum, along with Amar Assan, Musa Tahil Sampang, Jamil Ibrahim, Yong Aming, and Majuk Tahil Amil.

Maalum has several warrants of arrest for eight counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Golden Harvest plantation workers in Basilan in 2001, while Sampang was involved in several bombing incidents also in Basilan.

The NBI said the six had been recruiting members in Metro Manila. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf

Search and rescue launched for 6 individuals abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Marje Pelayo   •   July 3, 2018

Philippine forces gear up for rescue


ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY, Philippines – Authorities are still searching for the whereabouts of six individuals abducted in Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte on Thursday (June 28).

The victims were identified as Feliciano Javier, Elsa Javier, Junior Javier, Rica Javier, Val Javier and five-month-old infant, Vincent Javier. The family is the caretaker of a farmhouse in the area.

According to reports from Police Regional Office 9, a certain “Abu” was asking for P400,000 ransom through a phone call.

Police Director PCSupt. Billy Beltran said they were able to speak with one of the victims who assured that they were safe.

Authorities believe the victims were abducted by a kidnap-for-ransom group headed by Jamilon Wahab. Operations to rescue the victims are still ongoing.

“Right now they are still missing and we are still awaiting the result ng investigation. We’re working this out with the military and we are also getting help from the MILF. Alam ninyo naman ito’y malapit sa kampo nila doon (As you may know, the area is close to their camp there),” Beltran said. – Dante Amento / Marje Pelayo

Kidnapping incidents in the country decline – PNP

admin   •   July 10, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Teresita Ang See, chairperson of Movement for the Restoration of Peace and Order  (MRPO) revealed that they have not recorded any incidents of kidnapping in the last two months.

The group concludes that incidents of kidnapping in the country indeed have declined under the Duterte administration.

This record is a big improvement as compared to previous years wherein the number of kidnapping cases is high.

In the past, they have recorded at least two kidnapping cases in a span of one week.

“It is not common that we have zero kidnapping case in two months. So far, we have zero this past two months. We don’t have any cases currently,” said Ang-See.

The PNP-Anti Kidnapping group have also recorded a reduction in kidnap for ransom cases.

The police unit said, they have recorded nine (9) kidnap for ransom cases from January this year up to the present.

PNP- Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) spokesperson PSupt. Abelardo Borromeo said, “We have not recorded any case of kidnap for ransom by terrorist threat groups and by organized crime groups and criminal gangs.”

In 2016, there were 29 cases; 38 in 2015; 49 in 2014; 52 in 2013; and 26 in 2012.

The decline in number is due to the intensified campaign of the PNP and the public to fight kidnapping in the country. This includes a number of free seminars to educate the public on safety measures against kidnapping. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue


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