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Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) recognizes the accomplishments of twelve (12) uniformed personnel and one (1) Non-Uniformed Personnel (NUP) earlier this morning, October 16 during the Monday Flag Raising Ceremony at Camp Delgado.
 
            The ten (10) individuals who receive the Medalya ngKasanayan or the PNP Efficiency Medal were, Police Superintendents Giovanni Musico, Salvador Dagoon, EfrenLozada,Police Chief Inspector Edyliz, Renante Matillano, Police Senior Inspectors Edgar Anonoy, Deo Gene Bonggawen, German Magbanua,  PO3 Mark Caroha, PO2 Daryl Oberio and PO1 GeaGabasanfor demonstrating exemplary performance during the conduct of simultaneous internal security operations in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo,in support to the counter-insurgency operations of the 301stBrigade 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), Philippine Army. PRO6 OPLAN 2017-21 “Galugad Dos” which prescribed the conduct and launching of simultaneous major operation form August 29, 2017 to September 04, 2017.
 
            Same award was also given to Police Senior Superintendent Canilo Fuentes, SPO3 Herbert Remigio and NUP Jose FebitoLarazaas the initiators in the repair of unserviceable M16-A1 rifles that were stocked for a long period of time which include handiworks in cleaning, repainting, reassembling and replacement of the defective parts to regains their serviceability.  As a result, last October 09, 2017 thirty seven (37) units of said firearms were successfully refurbished and now in good condition.
 
 This regions accomplishment is in line with the PRO6 strategic direction “We Perform as We Transform”. 
 
 GILBERT T GORERO
Police Superintendent
Regional Public Information Officer
 
For clarification, please contact telephone number (033) 330-2553.
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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.
 
 
  1. On June 8, 2016, composite team of IPPO under direct supervision of PSSUPT RODERICK AUGUSTUS B ALBA served and implemented the Search Warrant in the residence of subject person however, only the caretaker was around.
  2. On October 28, 2016, Arturo Balume fled from Brgy Bato, Sara, Iloilo and transferred somewhere in Palawan and Negros Island, sometimes sighted in Mindanao particularly in Agusan Del Sur.
  3. On July 2, 2017, composite team of  IPPO and NOCPPO conducted follow up operation at Brgy. San Roque and Brgy Tagda, both in Municipality of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
  4. On August 11, 2017 joint elements of RID 6 and IPPO successfully arrested Cris Perlas y Lachica aka “Dodoy” in Brgy. Asluman, Gigantes Island, Carles Iloilo, Balume Drug Gang member by the virtue of the same warrant of arrest. During Tactical Interrogation of arrested person, he divulged some vital information relative to the properties, whereabouts, armaments and source of funds of the said Criminal Gang.
  5. On September 15, 2017, Sara MPS successfully arrested Romar Dorde y  Pusa, in Brgy. Preciosa ,Sara, iloilo, a personal confidant and right hand of Arturo Balume by the virtue of the same warrant of arrest.
  6. Creation and activation of dedicated  tracker/focus team from the  Regional, Provincial and City Police Offices were tasked to follow up possible lead.
  7. Police Community Action Teams of all PRO 6 units were directed to harness community support for the arrest of the fugitive.
  8. Case review was held and discussed every Regional Oversight Committee meeting on Illegal Drugs presided by PS/SUPT. JESUS D CAMBAY Jr. Acting DRDO/Chairman.
  9. Dedicated team continuous and “painstaking”, validated and acted upon actionable intelligence  in the entire Province of Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, Guimaras and parts of Iloilo City and Negros Island for several months but subject person evade the arrest by transferring from one safe haven to another lair and various disguise and stealth moves.
  10. Back ground investigation and operational researched was also conducted to shed light on the real properties of Arturo Balume Sr.as well asto monitor his scope of operation and possible hiding places namely : 

     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:
  1. Ten (10) sachets of suspected shabu with estimated value of eighty three thousand pesos (Php 83,000.00);
  2. One (1) unit of 38 Revolver with six (6) live ammos;
  3. One (1) unit of Caliber 45 colt with serial number 731514 with seven (7) live ammos  and one (1) magazine;
  4. One (1) unit of Nokia Cellphone.
 
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
Police Superintendent
Regional Public Information Officer
For clarification, please contact telephone number (033) 330-2553.
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 Police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) director recognizes the accomplishments of 11 Western Visayas cops earlier this morning, October 09 during the Flag Raising Ceremony at Camp Delgado.
 
Among this police officers who receive the Medalya ng Papuri or the PNP Commendation Medal were Police Senior Inspector Marvin Rufino, Police Inspectors Generoso Algarne, Jerome Manahan, PO3s Lorjoefre Dalo and Abbie Bermejo, members President Roxas, Pilar and Pontevedra Municipal Police Station  and Capiz PPO PDEU for the successful conduct of buy bust operation which resulted to the arrest Reynold  Verbo last August 27, 2017 at Brgy. Poblacion, Elizalde, President Roxas, Capiz for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
 
The Medalya ng Kagalingan or the PNP Medal of Merit was awarded to Police Senior Inspector Kennith F Bermejo, PO2 Ryan Camiña and PO1 Jerry Villanueva members of PRO6 Regional Drug Enforcement Unit 6 and Janiuay Municipal Police Station for the successful conduct of buy bust operation which resulted to the arrest of Edmund Defensor Jr, listed as High Value Target Level 1 (HVT 1) Regional Level on September 26, 2017 at Brgy. Damo-ong, Janiuay, Iloilo for violation of RA 9165.
 
Same recognition was also given to Police Chief Inspectors Jonathan Pinuela, Fernand Limbungan, PO2 Jade Jorillo and PO1 June Paul Aujero, members of Pavia Municipal Station and Iloilo Police Provincial Office Intel Operatives for the conduct of buy bust operation which resulted to the successful arrest of Neil Tulmos, HVT 3 or Drug Group leader in the Province of Capiz on September 21, 2017 at Village 3 Providence Subdivision, Brgy. Balabag, Pavia, Ilolo for violation of RA 9165.
 
RD Binag in his speech congratulates the awardees and reminded the personnel to stay focus on the fight against illegal drugs and all forms of criminalities.
 
 
This accomplishment is in line with the PRO6 strategic direction “We Perform as We Transform”.
 GILBERT T GORERO
Police Superintendent
Regional Public Information Officer
For clarification, please contact telephone number (033) 330-2553.
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A total of ten (10) Western Visayas police attends the closing ceremony of Familiarization of Explosive Ordnance Tools and Equipment Seminar at Camp Delgado earlier this morning, October 11.
 
These 10 personnel handling EOD were from Aklan, Antique and Iloilo Police Provincial Offices.
 

The 2 weeks seminar was handled by the Mobile Training Group (EOD/K9) Unit from National Headquarters, Camp Crame, Quezon City.
 

There were simulation exercises and demonstrations after the ceremony.
 

Moreover, this security initiative of the region is in line with the PRO6 strategic direction “We perform as We Transform”.
 
Police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne Binag, Regional Director instructed the participants that they will be utilized in Maskara Festival in Bacolod City.

 GILBERT T GORERO
Police Superintendent
Regional Public Information Officer
For clarification, please contact telephone number (033) 330-2553.

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A total of four (4) Western Visayas police receive awards at Camp Delgado this morning, October 02.

            The awards were given by Police Chief Superintendent Cesar Hawthorne R Binag, Police Regional Office 6, Regional Director.

            The Medalya ng Papuri or the PNP Commendation Medal was awarded to PO1s Christian G Zamora and Nikko Arvin A Mortera of Jordan Municipal Police Station and Guimaras Police Provincial Office PDEU for the successful conduct of buy bust operation which resulted to the arrest of Edgar A Jardeliza last August 31, 2017 at Sitio Tabuc Suba, Brgy. Hoskyn, Jordan, Guimaras for violation of sections 5 and 11 of RA 9165.

The two (2) individual who received the Medalya ng Kagalingan or the PNP Medal of Merit were PO2 Johnny M de los Santos and PO1 Kheem V Balbuena members of Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit, Capiz Police Provincial Office for the successful conduct of buy bust operation that resulted to the arrest of Fritz Aguihap last August 18, 2017 at Brgy. Dayao, Roxas City for violation of RA 9165.

            The activity was done during the Monday Flag Raising with Awarding Ceremony with Colonel PIO Q Diñoso III, Commander, 301st Brigade, 3ID, Philippine Army as the Guest of Honor and Speaker.   (PO3 Sharon F Balitor)

GILBERT T GORERO

Police Superintendent

Regional Public Information Officer

For clarification, please contact telephone number (033) 330-2553.

 

 

 

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