THE Philippine National Police Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) marks its 38th founding anniversary today by honoring officers and men who have been instrumental in its outstanding accomplishments in the fight against crime, terrorism and corruption last year.
PNP-IG director Chief Superintendent Charlo C. Collado said Senator Emmanuel ‘Manny’ D. Pacquiao will be their guest of honor and speaker.
With the theme ‘Mabisang Pagmamatyag , Kaakibat sa Matagumpay na Laban sa Kriminalidad, Kurapsiyon at Terorismo, Senator Pacquiao and PNP Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. de la Rosa will join Collado in giving awards to key PNP-IG units and personnel.
The awardees include the Regional Intelligence Unit 14 which has been named as the Best Unit of the Year and Supt. Dominador M. Matalang, the Best Senior Police Commissioned Officer of the Year and Chief Inspector Dinulong B. Tombali as the Junior PCO of the Year.
Others are Senior Police Officer 1 Fredelito T. Lazo as Best Senior Police Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year; Police Officer 3 Bryan L. Culis, Best Junior PNCO of the Year; and Non-Uniformed Personnel Ma. Theresa T. de Lumen and Gloria C. Huet.
Also to get plaques of appreciation for their support to the PNP-IG are Mr. Eric Olson of the Embassy of the United States; Mr. Kenneth Boon Khoon Tan of the Singapore Embassy; Federal Agent Anthony Maquire of the Embassy of Australia; Mr. Takue Nakayama of the Japan Embassy; Mr. Elias Celestino Castillo of the Bureau of Immigration; Supt. Narcisco D. Langcauon of the Regional Intelligence Unit 12; and SPO2 Celestino P. Reyes Jr. of the IG’s Counter-Terrorism Division.
The PNP-IG has been commended by Gen. De la Rosa for a job well done in 2016, the year when it worked silently to capture 790 of The Philippines’ most wanted.
Known for providing the so-called “complete intelligence package” to enable security forces to account for Enemies of the State, the PNP-IG headed by Collado, a classmate of Gen. De la Rosa from the Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 is making sure that the proverbial long arms of the law will catch up with criminals.
The Unit is known for being the key to major PNP accomplishments against crime and terror in the past, one of them the January 2015 secret mission to neutralize Southeast Asia’s most wanted terrorist Zulkfili bin Hir alias Marwan in Mamasapano, Maguindanao which unfortunately led in the killing of 44 commandos from the elite PNP Special Action Force.
In 2016, the PNP-IG launched intelligence operations which resulted in the arrest of 34 members of so-called Philippine “threat groups”, eight of them members of Southern Philippines-based terror groups and 26 others from the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army.
PNP-IG operatives last year captured 756 most wanted persons, 13 of them most wanted persons in the Regional Level and 13 others in the Provincial Level.
Year 2016 also saw the PNP-IG helping smash 12 organized crime groups involved in robbery-holdups, motorcycle theft, kidnapping-for-ransom, cattle-rustling and other lawless activities.
Among the wanted terrorists captured as a result of PNP-IG-led operations were known Abu Sayyaf Group members Ahamad Asanuddin, Toh Abdilla, Mudzri Adjalan, Aldin Yusop and Marajol Taulani. The suspects who were found in possession of high-powered firearms and explosives are wanted for their involvement in a series of Abu Sayyaf atrocities including kidnappings-for-ransom and serious illegal detention in Basilan and Sulu.
Last April 28, the PNP-IG’s “intelligence package” led to the capture of Mohammad Jaafar Maguid alias ‘Tokboy/Abu Gaib/Abu Sarifah,’ a known leader of the Ansar Al-Khilafa in the country, a newly-formed terror ring during an operation in Maasim, Sarangani. Two heavily-armed members of the group were killed in a gunbattle with security troops.
PNP-IG men last year also tracked down and arrested 26 wanted CPP/NPA personalities, majority of them wanted for the murder of soldiers, policemen and militiamen and were the subject of warrants of arrests with no bail recommended.
They include Bernit Sangelan, the secretary of the CPP/NPA Provincial White Area Committee in Zamboanga Sibugay; Adriano Jovita, an NPA squad leader in Butuan City; Glorybell Banisa, a wanted NPA amazon in Abra; Federico Cuentro, an NPA platoon leader in Monkayo, Compostela Valley; Jeffrey Maravilla, an NPA squad leader in Agusan del Sur; Iren Letada, an NPA member in Masbate wanted for three counts of murder; and Larry Lorilla, an NPA member also wanted for murder in Sorsogon.