Kidnap gang member slain in police operation
August 16, 2019 - Friday 2:08 PM by MDM
NCRPO Regional Director Major General Guillermo Eleazar views the body of suspected gang member Leo dela Fuente who police said chose to shoot it out with the raiding team.
A member of a kidnap-for-ransom gang was killed while four others were arrested in a series of offensives conducted by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday against the high-profile group in various areas in Metro Manila and Region 3.
The five lightning raids were ordered by Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde and personally supervised by NCRPO Regional Director Major General Guillermo Eleazar.
The offensive was mounted by elements of the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit, NCRPO Regional Intelligence Division, NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion - Special Weapons and Tactics (RMFB-SWAT), Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG), Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Regional Mobile Force Battalion-Police Regional Office 3, and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)-Bulacan Police Provincial Office.
“We have been monitoring this syndicate for more than a year now. To say that this group is just a gang is very understated. This is one of the biggest syndicates to arrive in the country’s crime scene in arguably the past two decades,” Eleazar said.
“It was very difficult for us to start our drive against this syndicate because none of the victims complained or wanted to complain, perhaps for fear of their lives as well as their families’ lives.This syndicate is cold blooded,” he added.
Search warrants were served in the gang’s safehouses during the raids and resulted in the discovery of various armaments, illegal explosives, fake police uniforms, and motor vehicles.
Police said a suspected gang member, identified as Leo dela Fuente, a resident of Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, chose to shoot it out but was immediately neutralized by the police operatives.
Four other members in the different safehouses were arrested by the operatives and were brought to the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit for documentation along with the confiscated materials.
“The positive results of these simultaneous operations confirm our intelligence reports about a possible large and professional kidnap for ransom and robbery/holdup syndicate. This is just the tip of the iceberg. But let me assure the public that we will get all the members involved,” Eleazar said.
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