Bata ni Maganto? Sol-Gen disowns fake cop group nabbed in Guimaras

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The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) is disowning “Task Force Crusaders,” the so-called anti-crime and corruption group whose members were arrested following a raid they conducted in Guimaras.

Assistant Solicitor General Henry Angeles said the OSG “is not affiliated or associated or in any way officially connected” with the group.

Earlier this month, police arrested 12 members of the group for conducting a raid on a house in Guimaras. Investigation showed the group members claimed to be under the OSG.

On the other hand, the group’s original founder, John Chiong, said the present “Task Force Crusaders” is a brainchild of retired police general Romeo Maganto.

Chiong, who said he dissolved the original group after finding some members were involved with suspected illegal drug peddlers, added Maganto as TFC national commander may have made the TFC members believe they were sanctioned by the OSG.

Following the group’s botched “raid,” Chiong wrote the OSG office to clarify if TFC is indeed sanctioned by the OSG.

Most of TFC members in Negros joined Chiong’s TF Kasanag after the dissolution of their old group.

“With the help of the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Adviser Sec. Jesus Dureza, we may have access to funding from government for peace and development programs especially in conflict areas,” Chiong pointed out.