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On the 3rd Quarter 2017 Validation of PRO6, Balume Criminal Gang headed by Arturo Balume Sr @ Master Pedik is one among Sub Group member of the late Melvin Odicta operating in Iloilo Province, Iloilo City, Capiz and Negros Occidental.
The Criminal Gang has a total of fourteen (14) core members and Seven (7) were already neutralized. They were involved primarily on illegal drugs and secondary as gun for hire.
Arturo Balume Sr @ Pedik/Turing is a resident of Brgy. Bato, Sara, Iloilo, formerly a bodyguard of Ex-Mayor Nephtali Salcedo of Sara and served as Private Armed Group of Mayor Rene Cordero y Delos Santos of Estancia, Iloilo, during 2016 National Election.
He was categorized as High Value Target Level 3 (HVT 3) being the sub-group leader under the late Melvin Odicta Drug Group. His source of illegal drugs is National Bilibid Prison (NBP) and Mindanao.
On May 8, 2016 at about 1:54 PM at Barangay Pani-an, Balasan, Iloilo , Arturo Balume and his group was implicated in the killing of Ronaldo Estandarte y Requinto alias “Bongkol”, a resident of Purok 3 Barangay Tacbuyan, Estancia, Iloilo and Robert Magarso y Federico alias “Intong”, a resident of Sitio Balatocon, Barangay Arac, Passi City both of them is a personal security of Mayoralty Candidate Melina Requinto in Municipality of Estancia, Iloilo. The group were charged for two (2) counts of Murder.
On April 25, 2017 warrant of arrest was issued by Honorable Rogelio J. Amador, Presiding Judge of Branch 66, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo under Criminal Case number 2017-8032 and 8033.
Prior to the successful police operation against the subject, following initiatives were made by Police Regional Office 6.
A. Beach Resort in Brgy. Suha, San Dionisio, Iloilo - owned by subject and was sold to certain Zerrudo for the price of 1.4 Million Php.
B. Owned a Cockfighting Farm in Brgy. Bato, sara, Iloilo
C. Frequently places visited:
v Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
v Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental
v Bacolod City
v Brgy. Poblacion, Hinoba-an,Negros Occidental
After five (5) months of hiding, a Leader of the Balume Gang and his son Arturo Balume Jr. aka “Turing” was arrested.
At 5:30 PM of October 12, 2017 joint elements of Regional Intelligence Division 6, operatives of IPPO and NOPPO led by PSSUPT MARLON A TAYABA at Brgy. Poblacion, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental successfully implemented the warrant of arrest against Arturo Balume Sr. aka “Master Pedik” and Arturo Balume Jr. Aka “Turing” by the virtue of warrant of arrest for the crime of two (2) counts of Murder under docketed number in Criminal Case Number 2017-8232 and 8233 issued by Honorable Rogelio J. Amador, Presiding Judge of Branch 66, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. Accordingly, the wife of both Balume’s and brother in law were also arrested.
Recovered during lawful search:
Arrested persons were subjected to Medical Examination after they were fingerprinted, mugshot and documented.
Case of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and possession of illegal drugs is being prepared against the suspects by the Investigator On Case (IOC).
GILBERT T GORERO
Regional Public Information Officer
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