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Yearender: PNP Intelligence Group gets job done in 2017

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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PROVIDING ‘complete intelligence package’ needed by security forces to capture the country’s most
wanted terrorists, criminals and other Enemies of the State, the Philippine National Police
Intelligence Group (PNP-IG) in 2017 effectively helped address threats to national security despite
the many challenges that confronted the unit.

Headed by Chief Superintendent Norberto D. Solomon, a fine graduate of Philippine Military
Academy Class 1989, the PNP-IG which will be celebrating its 39th anniversary this month scored well
in the campaign against terrorism and criminality in the year that just passed as shown by the
following figures compared to the 2016 statistics:
    
• 11.76 percent increase on threat groups from 34 to 38 cases.
    
• 7.14 percent increase on Arrest of Most Wanted Persons in the Regional Level.
    
•131 percent increase of accomplishments on Arrest of Most Wanted Persons in the Provincial
Level.
    
• 9 percent increase on Arrest of Most Wanted Persons in the Municipal Level.

•1.05 percent increase of accomplishments on Other Wanted Person.
    
•150 percent overwhelming increase on the Campaign Against Loose Firearms and;
    
• 100 percent increase on arrest relative to the Campaign Against Private Armed Groups.
    
In 2016, the PNP-IG captured 790 of The Philippines’ most wanted.
    
The highly-professionalized unit -- of which PNP chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M.
dela Rosa used to be one of its Command Group -- continued to enhance its intelligence and counter-
intelligence operations in 2017, part of its unwavering commitment to address threats to national
security and contribute to the achievement of lasting peace and development in the country.
    
The PNP-IG also leveled up through its massive involvement on its pivotal role in supporting
the PNP organization in particular and the Philippine government in general on matters of regional
and international importance focused on terrorism and violent extremism that endanger regional peace,
stability and security as these threats have no boundaries.
    
The organization has become versatile on its strategies against any scenario that puts a dent
in security and disrupts the stability of the Philippines while at the same time intensifying its
intelligence and operational efforts to help in the government’s war on drugs.
    
PNP-IG agents also helped secure critical infrastructures during the successful holding of
the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit and other Related Meetings in Metro
Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon region.
    
From November 8 to 15, PNP-IG intelligence officers disguised as ordinary citizens mixed it
up with the group of spectators and participants in various places and major buildings such as hotel,
airport, and event venues.
    
The PNP-IG made sure that no terrorist groups will be able to penetrate the Asean summit
venues and other ‘soft targets.’ The 31st Asean Summit ended with no record of incidents relative to
terrorism which made all the effort and sacrifice more rewarding.    Among the PNP-IG operational
accomplishments against Threat Groups in 2017 follow:
    
• the killing of Sudanese national Nadir Al Ahmad alias ‘Abu Naila/Nayla and his wife, both
suspected financiers of the Anskar Khilafa Philippines during an assault at the suspects’ hiding
place in Barangay Daliao in Maasin, Sarangani last January 7. Abu Nayla is said to have undergone
training on bomb-making and a fund donor and a financial conduit of ISIS to the AKP.
    
• the arrest last February 8 of Jacinto Faroden, a suspected member of the New People’s Army
wanted for frustrated murder in La Trinidad, Benguet. The suspect is wanted for his role in the
ambush of a member of the Regional Intelligence group 14, Senior Police Officer 3 Wilfred Degay in
February 2015;

   
• the arrest on March 25 last year of Hussein Azo Aldhafiri alias ‘Warsh Al-Kuwaiti/Abu
Muslim Al-Kuwaiti/Husayn Al-Dhafiri’ and Rahaf Zina in Taguig City. Aldhafiri is a Kuwaiti national
associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
    
• the arrest last April 10 of Renato Daleon alias ‘Antong,’ a murder suspect tagged as the
4th most wanted person in Calabarzon region during an operation in Barangay Silangang Mayao, Lucena
City.
    
• the capture on May 16, 2017 of Dionisio Evangelista, one of Mimaropa region’s most wanted
persons with a P90,000 bounty on his head during an operation in Rosario, Batangas. The suspect is
the subject of a warrant of arrest for murder.
    
 • the arrest of wanted murder suspect Marvin Compac, the no,, 1 most wanted man in Eastern
Samar during an operation in Oras municipality last June 19.
    
 • the killing of Andres Hubilla alias ‘Ka Bunso/Ka Magno,’ an alleged NPA official in
Sorsogon and his brother Miguel Himor, Dick Laura and Arnel Borres during an encounter in Casiguran
last July 28.
    
 • the arrest on August 23 of Almario Pillego, another suspected NPA member wanted for
robbery-in-band during an operation in Balud, Masbate.
    
• the arrest on September 26, 2017 of  Abdulpatta Escalon alias ‘Kitong/Imran,’ a man wanted
for kidnapping and for reportedly providing funds to the group of slain Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon
Hapilon shortly after he arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City
from Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    
• the capture on October 10 last year of Nurjilam IIlah Isa, a suspected Abu Sayyaf bandit
wanted for his role in the kidnapping of Australian national Warren Rodwell in 2011; the beheading of
seven construction workers in Patikul, Sulu in 2007; the bombing of the Zamboanga City bus terminal
in 2015; and the bombing of a Sulu cooperative in 2004 during an operation in Digos City in Davao del
Sur.
    
• the arrest last November 12 of Antonio Anding alias ‘Commander Brix,’ a former NPA official
in Western Mindanao wanted for rebellion, robbery-in-band, frustrated murder and attempted murder
during an operation in Misamis Occidental.
    
Headed by Solomon, PNP-IG operatives also helped account for ‘high-value’ drug targets as
well as elusive members of organized crime gangs in the country apart from accounting for private
armed groups and dozens of high-powered loose firearms across the country last year.
    
During the 5-month Marawi City siege, 21 PNP-IG personnel also displayed conspicuous courage
and gallantry at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty.
    
Solomon said the 21personnel painstakingly performed various tasks throughout the duration of
the Marawi crisis which included the debriefing of arrested Maute Group members; identifying persons
trapped in Maute and Abu Sayyaf-occupied areas until they were rescued by government forces in the
main battle area; and most importantly, continuously provided intelligence monitoring and validation
on suspected sympathizers and supporters of ISIS-inspired Maute Group in the vulnerable provinces.
    
Solomon said that thru the relentless effort of his men, they were able to provide timely and
accurate information to Joint Task Force Marawi City leading to the neutralization of several members
of the Maute Group, the rescue of many trapped civilians and the pre-emption of the enemy’s hostile
plans.
    
“Our job is never easy and all of these feats were not realized overnight. We have undergone
painful processes and restless nights. We have sacrificed time for our families and remained true to
our selfless intentions,” the PNP-IG director said.
    
Last year, the PNP-IG was awarded with back-to-back Silver Eagle Award for its Performance
Governance System (PGS) reporting.