THIS most wanted law offender is lucky to be alive in a province where police have shot dead more than 100 armed drug traffickers during reported gunbattles since July 1.
This after agents of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office last Saturday captured a man wanted for kidnapping and car theft following a brief gunbattle in San Jose del Monte City, local police director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. reported yesterday.
Caramat said suspect Fernando Francisco, alias ‘Enan,’ 33, of Block 62, Lot 23, Area B, Purok 2, Bgy. Bagong Buhay II, exchanged fire with officers out to arrest him on Matiyaga St. at 5:30 p.m.
Police returned fire and hit the suspect in the chest. Francisco was first taken to Sapang Palay District Hospital for emergency treatment before being transferred to Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City under heavy guard.
San Jose del Monte City Police Station chief Supt. Wilson Magpali said his men, backed up by members of the Provincial Public Safety Company and the Bulacan Highway Patrol Team, were about to serve a warrant of arrest issued against the suspect when he drew his cal. .38 revolver and started firing at the lawmen.
The suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest for kidnapping and violation of Republic Act 6539 or the Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972 issued by Judge Hermenigildo Dumlao II of the Malolos City Regional Trial Court Branch 81, Caramat told Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino.
Recovered from the suspect’s possession was a Smith & Wesson cal. .38 revolver without serial number and containing two live ammunition and a spent cartridge in its cylinder. The gun has been subjected to a ballistics examination to determine if it could have been used in the commission of other crimes in the province.
Caramat said the suspect would be facing additional charges for resisting arrest, direct assault upon an agent of a person in authority and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.