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PNP, AFP ARRESTS AVATAR GROUP MEMBERS; 8 others arrested for violation of RA 10591

Joint elements of Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) arrested members of AVATAR Group on Wednesday (March 4) through the conduct of Oplan Paglalansag Omega, Oplan Big Berta and Priority Project AVATAR Pivot in separate operations at Caloocan and Quezon City.

In Search Warrant No. 5044(15), Ruben Saluta aka Ompong and Precentation Saluta were arrested during service of warrant in North Olympus Subdivision, Barangay Urduja, Caloocan City together with Enrique Ruiz Belmonte and Eduardo T. Garcia for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunitions Regulation Act).

According to intel reports, Ruben Saluta is a NPA Commander, National Military Commission and has standing warrant of arrest for violation of RA 6968 as amended (Rebellion) with no bail recommended.

In Search Warrant No. 5045(15), Emmanuel Bacarra was arrested for Murder with the use of unlicensed firearms and for Multiple Frustrated Murder with the use of unlicensed firearms together with Leilani Marasigan, Roy Baldostamo, Veraflor Guevarra, Emmanuel Villamor, and Miguel Cortez in Celia Subdivision, Deparo, Caloocan City.

Bacarra was also identified as NPA Commander operating in Occidental Mindoro.

Meanwhile, Policarpio Herrera was arrested during the service of Search Warrant No. 5046(15) for Violation of RA 10591 in North Olympus Subdivision, Barangay Kaligayahan, Quezon City.

The joint operations were led by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in close coordination with the AFP Army Intelligence. Special Action Force teams were also employed to support the said operations.

Intel reports confirmed that Ruben Saluta and Bacarra were AVATAR Group Members and identified CPP/NPA/NDF involved in series of criminal activities transpired in years 2011, 2013 and 2014 operating in Southern Luzon Region.

Earlier last year, Renante Egioma, a member of AVATAR Group was arrested by elements of RPIOU-NCR con March 20, 2014 at Palaisdaan Garden, Malabon City and is presently detained at Camp Crame, Quezon City. (PNP-PIO)


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