13 arrested in police ‘shock and awe’ raid

THIRTEEN men and women with pending warrants of arrest were flushed out by authorities during an early morning raid in different barangays in the city.

Davao City Police Office director Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum told TIMES yesterday that the joint operation interviewed 405 residents and seven of them could not produce IDs. They were told to sign the police logbook and later released.

The suspects identified as Raquel R. Causin, 36, who has a pending arrest warrant for large-scale illegal recruitment; Joseph Espinosa Sr., 37, habal-habal driver and a resident of New Matina, who has a warrant for violation of RA 9287 or illegal numbers game; Edgardo P. Loren, 45, for the crime of of R.A. 9262 or “The Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004”; and Violeta G. Serato, 50, businesswoman, who has a grave slander case.

Also arrested were Susan D. Democrito, 54, by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the crime of violation of PD 1602 (stiffer penalties on illegal gambling); Simpicio B. Barad, 63, unemployed, also facing a case for PD 1602; and an alias Jun, 16, who has a warrant for robbery.

Also arrested were Aljhon M. Radaña for robbery; Rogelio A. Valencia Jr. for qualified theft; Rogelio Garlet Jr. for attempted murder; Steve Quinto for qualified theft; Dennis Asdali for acts of lasciviousness; Peter Paul T. Sigue for violation RA 7610 (child abuse); and Alberto T. Rojas for violation Sec.1 of PD 1602.

According to the report, the operation started around 5:30 a.m. of Feb. 7, 2018 led by the Talomo Police Precinct, with its commander Chief Insp. Ronald Lao Sr.

The operation, dubbed “shock and awe,” was conducted together with the volunteer police auxiliaries, regional mobile group battalion, city mobile force company, Task Force Davao, SWAT team and the intelligence branch of the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG) and the Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU).

The suspects were brought to the different police precincts where they will be processed. They will later be endorsed to the courts where their cases are being heard. The joint operation ended at around 7:45 a.m. yesterday.

The Oplan Bulabog was simultaneously conducted in Sta. Ana Police Precinct (SOS Village, Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, Agdao); San Pedro Police Precinct (Purok 1, Acacia Jacinto, Brgy 11-B); Talomo (Purok 1-A, New Matina Gravahan); (Sasa Cabayugan 1, 2, 3, Brgy. Sasa); Buhangin (Purok Tinago, Brgy. Tigatto, Buhangin); Bunawan (Blk. 6, 7, 8 and 9 Muslim Village, Ilang, Davao City); Toril (Sitos Babisa and Colosa, Toril); Tugbok (Purok 16, Tugbok Proper); and Calinan (Purok 6, Feria St., Calinan).

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