Police hunt fellow cops in kidnap, robbery gang

By Alcuin Papa
Last updated 06:26am (Mla time) 07/22/2007

MANILA, Philippines—Police in Southern Tagalog have launched a manhunt for six policemen suspected of being members of a robbery and kidnap gang operating in the region.


Chief Insp. Jess Kabigting of the Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) identified the suspects as Police Officers 2 Ronald Digman and Eric Advincula; Police Officers 1 Diego Tagros, Marcelo Ochave and Lobell Cabagay, and their leader PO2 Billy Anciro.


“We are conducting pursuit operations against them and we are scouring known hideouts in the Southern Tagalog region,” Kabigting said.


He said that Anciro was a member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency while the others were members of PNP Region 4-A Headquarters Support Services Group who had gone Awol (absent without official leave).


According to Kabigting, the suspects were members of a robbery, holdup and kidnap-for-ransom gang which operates in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and the National Capital Region.


The gang, he said, has been operating for two years and is on the wanted list of the National Bureau of Investigation.


Digman, Advincula and Tagros were positively identified by their victims and have been charged with robbery and kidnap-for-ransom before the Cavite provincial prosecutor’s office.


The manhunt was an offshoot of the arrest on July 17 of two of the group’s civilian cohorts identified as Marjun Macam and Eliza Baluyut.


The two were nabbed in an entrapment operation after they met with kidnap victim Rafael Sanchez in Cavite.


The two had asked Sanchez, who was earlier abducted by the group but who was released after paying a P100,000 ransom, to buy back his cellphone which was taken from him when he was abducted.


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