A former police officer who is the leader of the notorious Magpali Gun for Hire Criminal Group, operating in the Province of La Union and Region 1 targeting high profile politicians, was arrested on Sunday in Pangasinan, Philippine National Police Chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. confirmed.

In a statement, PGen Azurin said that the dismissed cop identified as PLtCol Wilson M. Magpali was arrested by operatives of Luzon Field Unit of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on August 7, 2022 in Brgy. Legaspi, Tayug, Pangasinan by virtue of a Warrant of arrest for ” Murder ” issued by Presiding Judge Nyerson Dexter Tito Quilala Tualla of Regional Trial Court, First Judicial Region, Branch 28, San Fernando City, La Union with No Bail recommended.

Recovered from MAGPALI were One (1) Caliber 9mm Berreta Pistol with Serial Number M14880Z, with PNP property markings, and three (3) Magazines with ammunitions.

The accused is presently at the custody of the PNP-IMEG Luzon Field Unit for documentation prior to presentation and return of the warrant of arrest from the court of origin.

“This is yet another significant development in the PNP’s massive tracker operations against fugitive criminals. As we are making great strides in weeding out police “scalawags” in the organization, let us remain steadfast in hunting down notorious criminals with outstanding warrants as we boost the government’s campaign for criminal justice,” PGen Azurin said.