15 municipal employees surrender to PRO1


CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Fifteen municipal employees of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur who were accused of Serious Illegal Detention and Grave Coercion surrendered to the operatives of Police Regional Office 1 under the direct supervision of Police Brigadier General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr, Regional Director at the PRO1 Auditorium, Camp Florendo, Parian, City of San Fernando, La Union.

The case was filed February last year, when the former Mayor of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Josh Edward Cobangbang and 19 others allegedly detained a resort operator and several employees during the closure of the resort .

Police Brigadier General Rodolfo S Azurin, Jr PRO1 Regional Director identified the suspects as:

Katrina Cruz Soriano, 33; Raquel Somera Ancheta, 51; Ednalyn Sabaten Silario, 46;Jessar Rei Siababa Cruz, 24; Constancia Lazo Quinola,61; Humprey Savellano Catriz, 39; Jerly Oda Manantan Flores, 24 and Benny Sardeng Agbayani, 26 (Surrendered August 6, 2020, Friday).

Kevin Segui Somera, 34; Austin Giorgio Soller Serna, 25; Alvin Silario Solis, 30;Ronillo Somera Santigo, 51 Renato Sabugo Roman, 57; Rexor Moisis Cruz Abara, 26; and Richard Siruno Pula, 48 (Surrendered August 7, 2020, Saturday).

Based on the report, the said accused consecutively surrendered when joint operatives of Cabugao Municipal Police Station together with the CIDG Ilocos Sur PFU and operatives from the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 and Provincial Intelligence Unit, Ilocos Sur launched a manhunt operation to implement the Warrant of Arrest against them for Serious Illegal Detention and Grave Coercion issued by Hon. Gemma P Bucayu-Madrid, Executive Judge, RTC Branch 12, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan dated October 22, 2019.

The surrender of said accused was made through the help of Cabugao Mayor Edgardo S Cobangbang, Jr who convinced them to surrender to the authorities.

PBGen Azurin stressed that the success of the series of arrests connotes the stepped up campaign against wanted persons and the stronger and more comprehensive collaboration of all PNP units.

“Let us sustain the momentum and work hand-in-hand to bring our anti-criminality efforts successful to encourage a progressive community to live, work, sustain and do business,” the Regional Director said.

Meanwhile, PBGen Azurin also made an appeal to all wanted persons to surrender and submit themselves to the judicial processes prescribed by law.

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