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January 22, 2019


On Monday afternoon (January 21, 2019 at around 1:50 PM), four (4) men including an alleged member of a criminal gang were apprehended by members of the CIDG RFU 4A based in Batangas and Balayan MPS in Brgy. Dalig, Balayan, Batangas.


The arrested persons were identified in a report submitted to CIDG Acting Director, PCSUPT AMADOR V CORPUS as ARIEL ILAO y TANDOK a.k.a. “Ariel Ilao Y Tandoc”, JOEL LOBRINO y PANGANIBAN, ERIC CODICO y TANDOK and ARIES ESGUERRA y DE PADUA.


Regional Chief, PSSUPT LAWRENCE CAJIPE said that Ilao was collared during the implementation of a Search Warrant (SW) for illegal possession of a caliber .45 pistol, two (2) magazines and seven (7) rounds of ammunition, while the 3 other arrested persons were nabbed while having a pot session and for possession of 3 sachets of suspected shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia.


Ilao is an alleged member of the “Rodriguez Group” involved in gun-for-hire, gunrunning and illegal drug trading and of the “Mamayog Drug Group” both operating in Balayan, Batangas and nearby municipalities, added PSSUPT CAJIPE.


A case for violation of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Law) will be filed against Ilao while a case for violation RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) will be filed against Lobrino, Codico and Esguerra.


Meanwhile, another alleged member of the “Rodriguez Group” identified as CELSO DEJAN y CARISO a.k.a. “John Benedict” was apprehended by elements of the Laguna PFU and RFU 4A together with the Biñan CPS on the strength of a Warrant of Arrest (WOA) for the crime of Homicide, at about 1:40 PM of the same date in Brgy. Loma, Biñan City, Laguna.   ###