POLICEMEN manning an anti-criminality checkpoint in San Fernando City, La Union, last Monday arrested a suspected co-founder of the notorious Parojinog/Kuratong Baleleng Group and his wife and son, who happened to be an Ozamiz City councilwoman and barangay official, respectively, Police Regional Office 1 director Chief Supt. Romulo E. Sapitula announced yesterday.
The official identified the suspects as Manuelito Francisco, 57, his wife Rizalina Ozamiz, 54, an Ozamiz City councilor, and son June Ozamis Francisco alias ‘Omboy,’ 31, a resigned chairman of Bgy. San Roque in Ozamiz City.
He said the three were intercepted by policemen manning a checkpoint on Diversion Road in Bang-kusay, San Fernando City, Monday afternoon. The three were on board a Toyota Innova with conduction sticker VD4899 when they were flagged down by PRO1 operatives who were acting on an intelligence information regarding the presence of the three.
Sapitula said the three were the subject of a warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 9516 or illegal possession of explosives issued by Judge Edmundo Pintac of the Ozamiz City Regional Trial Court Branch 15 with no bail recommended.
“Based on our operatives’ investigation report, Manuelito is allegedly the co-founder of the Parojinog/Kuratong Baleleng Group, a group believed to be involved in illegal activities such as robbery, extortion, illegal drugs, among others. The family left their home after the death of Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog,” said the Ilocos-Pangasinan police director.
Sapitula said the three were arrested while on their way to Manila coming from different Ilocos provinces. All were brought to the San Fernando City Police Station for booking shortly after their arrest and would be turned over to the Ozamiz City court soon.
Sapitula commended his operatives for the notable accomplishment and at the same time encouraged them to be more vigilant and proactive in their intelligence gathering in order to account for more criminals who might be hiding in our region.