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PIA Press Release
2009/02/04

PNP members recognized for arrest of notorious holdup gang

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (4 February) -- Some six members of the Eastern Samar Police force were given due recognition for having neutralized the so called "Ogale Hold up Gang".

The awardees were: Police Senior Superintendent and Provincial PNP Director Prudencio de la Cruz, Police Inspector Alladin Dingal, Police Inspector Jaime Chicano, PO3 Ric Esec, PO3 Carlito de los Santos, PO3 Nicolas Bebita and PO3 Jonathan Rivas.

The PNP report said, the team successfully captured one Arcadio Calines last December 2008 in Hernani town this province. Calines was one of the members of the notorious Ogale gang which responsible for the series of hold-up incidents in the Samar and Leyte provinces. With his capture, the so-called Ogale gang had been dismantled and has stopped pestering the motorists and travelers in the province.

Aside from their certificate of recognition, the police awardees were also given cash incentives.

Gov. Evardone who awarded the honorees together with PNP Deputy Director Rey Lanada and DILG Director Manuel Lagrimas expressed his high hopes that the peace and order condition in Eastern Samar will continue to improve with the newly distributed PNP vehicles which are one of their primordial needs.

"I also appeal to the public, to other government officials to support the policemen so they can discharge their duties more effectively," he said. "There is one single Ogale member who is still operating in Borongan city, but our police force here have already assured us of his capture,".

He said that for the arrest of this last Ogale member, some P50,000.00 will be given as incentive to any civilian informant and P100,000.00 for the PNP personnel who can capture the notorious man. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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