Informant in killing of 9th most wanted to get cash windfall

By Dennis Jay Santos
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 01:16pm (Mla time) 08/25/2007

DAVAO CITY–The informant who led the authorities to where the country’s ninth most wanted criminal was hiding will receive a reward of P825,000 from the government, a top police official said Saturday.


Senior Supt. Jaime Morente, city police director, said the informant, whom he did not identify, helped the authorities in pinpointing the location of former police officer Allan Estrada here.


Estrada landed in the police’s top 10 wanted persons nationwide because of his alleged involvement in drugs and kidnapping.


During the operation launched by authorities in Dumoy, Toril district on August 13, Estrada traded shots with the arresting officers.


The 38-year-old former Davao City policeman was killed in the process.


Morente said the hunt for Estrada lasted for about four years.


Chief Supt. Andres Caro, Southern Mindanao police chief, said that after going on absence without leave from the service, Estrada became involved in the notorious Fajardo kidnap-for-ransom group. He was also allegedly one of Southern Mindanao’s top drug traders, Caro said.


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