BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Police intelligence operatives arrested yesterday an alleged member of a gun-for-hire group in Cebu during a manhunt operation in Hacienda Pula, Brgy. E Lopez, Silay City in Negros Occidental.
Nabbed by Regional Special Operations Group of the Police Regional Office 6, led by P/Maj. Antonio Benitez, was Arnold Aballe, alias Boboy, of Medellin, Cebu, whose arrest warrant for a murder case was issued by Bogo Regional Trial Court Judge Antonio Maregomen of Cebu.
Benitez, who led a team of RSOG operatives in serving the arrest warrant in coordination with the Silay City police, 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, 605th Mobile Force Company of Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6, and the Cebu Police Provincial Office, said Aballe was alleged to have been a member of a gun-for-hire group, and sought refuge in Negros Occidental.
Aballe was also denied bail by Maregomen.
Benitez said they recovered a .45 caliber pistol with seven ammunition and a fragmentation grenade during the arrest of Aballe, who is now detained at the custodial facility of the Silay City Police Station.
Five other fugitives facing murder charges were also apprehended by the police in Toboso and Cauayan, Negros Occidental on Thursday.
A laborer, identified by the police as Judy Boy Anig-ig, 34, was apprehended by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by San Carlos Regional Trial Court Judge Danilo Amisola in Brgy. Poblacion, Toboso, for the crime of murder.
Anig-ig, ranked number six in the list of the town police’s most-wanted persons, was denied bail, P/Maj. Paul Kenneth Magan, Toboso police chief, said in his report to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said.
Four other murder suspects, identified as Nelson Garsola, Rolly Isidro, Primitivo Canopao, and Joseph Camposano, were apprehended by the police in Brgy. Guiljungan, Cauayan, also on April 22.
All of them were denied bail by Cauayan Municipal Trial Court Judge Conrado Estreller Jr., who issued the arrest warrants against them, Lt. Col. Lowell Garingagano, who is the town police chief, said.*