Fake police! 12 anticrime ‘advocates’ nabbed in Guimaras
Twelve members of a supposed anti-crime group found themselves behind bars after posing as police officers in a “raid” in Guimaras.
Police said the 12 belonged to the so-called “Task Force Crusaders against Crimes, Illegal Drugs, Corruption and Terrorism.”
Jordan town police head Chief Inspector Sheila Marie Sardoma said the 12 may face charges for trespassing and illegal possession of firearms.
Sardoma said the “raid” occurred at 6:30 p.m. of July 4 at the house of Ferdinand Ronzales in Sitio Sal-agan.
Investigation showed three of the suspects, wearing masks, arrived on board a motorcycle and barged into the house, firing their guns.
Police responding to the incident arrested the three, identified as Alfredo Ticar, 51; Nelwin Telleran, 35; and Loreto Rendon, 53.
Following the arrest, seven armed men arrived at the police station: Angel Allado Jr., 47; Rommel Baniola, 32; Larry Agrabio, 42; Jose Gerald Ausin, 46; Juanito Magbanua, 61; Refrain Flor, 41; and Eldy Flores, 47.
But Sardoma ordered the seven frisked, and police seized seven handguns from them.
Moments later, two more suspects – Rodolfo Andrade, 66; and Ian Paclibar, 41 – arrived and were similarly frisked. They yielded knives.
Other items recovered from them included a handheld radio and identification cards.
Further investigation showed the suspects claimed to be under the Office of the Solicitor General and were implementing a mission order.
But Sardoma said that with police in the area under full alert, all mission orders and permits to carry firearms outside of residence are suspended.