P10M bounty raised for the capture of gun-for-hire boss Ricardo Peralta

Marje Pelayo   •   November 15, 2018   •   6398


MANILA, Philippines – Cash reward for the capture of gun-for-hire boss Ricardo Peralta has been raised from P5M to P10M.

Peralta is the “boss” of a gun-for-hire syndicate responsible for several cases of kidnapping and murder.

Reports said the group is being tapped by politicians to be their private armies in areas in Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Tarlac, Cagayan, Metro Manila and La Union.

Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) president, Boy Evangelista said the reward money was increased to encourage the immediate capture of Peralta.

“We strongly believe na very effective especially kung ang reward money is substantial, reaching to P10-million. It is a strong instrument o weapon to capture ang mga wanted persons,” said Evangelista.

Authorities were able to arrest some members of the group but Peralta remains at large.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde on Monday (November 12) said some local executives are reported tapping the services of the syndicate to harm or kill their political rivals.

According to PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) Director Glenn Dumlao agreed that the reward money will be of big help to arrest the notorious gun-for-hire leader. He added that the police is now monitoring the activities of three politicians allegedly linked to the group.

“Ang pinakamaganda rito ay ang eyes ng community. Iyong tipster. Iyong 10-million. Hindi naman ang governor ang magti-tip sa amin kundi ang bata niya. Iyong caretaker niya sa farm. Iyong tagaluto. Iyong tatawag sa amin na “Nandito (siya)!” said Dumlao.

Gapan, Nueva Ecija Mayor Emmanuel Pascual expressed agreement on the reward because two of his family members were killed by the syndicate in 2006.

“Napakahalaga nito sa amin. Hindi na para sa aming mga biktima (nila) tapos na iyon. An gamin ay para sa mga future victims nila. Para sa amin sa VACC, walang karapatang maglakad ng Malaya sa kalsada ang mga criminal na iyan na kasalamuha nating mga law-abiding citizens,” he said.

To anyone who has information on the whereabouts of Ricardo Peralta, you may call the PNP-AKG hotline numbers 0927-323-4894 or 723-04-01 local 4287. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Notorious gun-for-hire leader, driver killed in Pampanga shootout

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

PAMPANGA, Philippines — A notorious gun-for-hire and his driver were killed in a shootout with authorities early morning Monday (January 18) in Pampanga.

Harry Mandahay, leader of the Mandahay gun-for-hire group, and Jeffrey Langilao, Mandahay’s driver and member of the same criminal group, met their demise in an encounter with members of the Highway Patrol Group and Bacolor Municipal Police Station.

The incident occurred around 2:99 a.m. Monday after the suspects’ car was cornered by mobile crews of the HPG’s Special Operations Division (SOD) and Bacolor Municipal Police Station along River Control Road in Brgy. Cabetican, Bacolor, Pampanga. 

“Refusing to surrender, Mandahay and Diamada got off their vehicle and opened fire at the operatives while attempting to escape, forcing our officers to shoot back and kill both suspects in the process,” explained HPG Director Police Brigadier General Alexander Tagum.

Recovered pieces of evidence from the crime scene include the suspect’s vehicle, a brown Toyota Corolla Altis registered to a different owner and listed as a Hold Order motor vehicle, a .45 caliber pistol, two .38 caliber revolvers, ammunition and spent shells, four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, several IDs, and some mobile devices.

Tagum commended the efforts of the SOD personnel in coordination with the NCRPO, Bacolor MPS, Pampanga Intelligence Branch, and Pampanga 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company for the success of the operation.

Leader, 2 members of gun-for-hire killed in encounter with Batangas police

admin   •   November 22, 2018


MANILA, Philippines —Two members and a leader of a notorious gun-for-hire group were declared dead-on-the-spot after a gunfight with the police in Barangay Bilogo, Taysan, Batangas Thursday (November 22) at dawn.

Batangas Provincial Director Edwin Quilates identified the suspects as Solomon Panal, the group’s leader, and members as Virgilio Hernandez and Efren Cruzada.

Quilates said that they received information that the group is set to target a businessman in Taysan so they installed various checkpoints.

When the suspects’ van passes by the checkpoint, they did not stop but fired at the police instead.

Three guns were recovered from the suspects.

Quilates said that the suspects are responsible for the series of robbery and killings in Batangas, Pampanga, Bulacan and Metro Manila. — UNTV News & Rescue


Complainants to submit new verification documents against poll chief Andres Baustista

admin   •   September 14, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —  Atty. Ferdinand Topacio admitted they still have to rewrite the verification of the impeachment complaint they filed against Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista.

Topacio and former Congressman Jacinto Paras are the complainants in the impeachment complaint filed against Bautista before the Lower House of Congress.

Topacio said they will revise the writing of the verification at the soonest possible time although they have already submitted it to the House committee.

“It’s a matter of wordings nothing substantial,” he said.

The lawyer noted that the move is to ensure their complaint will not be dismissed similar to what happened to the impeachment rap filed by Dante Jimenez of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) and Eligio Mallari of the Vanguard of the Philippine Constitution against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Jimenez and Mallari’s complaint was dismissed by Congress due to incorrect verification.

However, House Committee on Justice chairman Reynaldo Umali said they will still study whether or not to accept the new verification.

He added this was because they don’t want to appear biased.

“I am not sure because this has already been referred to me. The verification must be done. There must be a verified complaint filed. The problem is that it would look unfair because we had been strict to the former. You now have to apply rules for the different parties,” said Umali.

The House Justice Committee is set to hear the complaint seeking to oust Comelec chairman Andress Bautista.

The panel initially said they will be strict in implementing the rules of impeachment. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


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