“Shoot them if they fight back!”
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz gave this order to his policemen yesterday as the action to take in the event that they encounter any of the members of the Ozamis -Dipolog-Parohinog organized crime group.
Police intelligence reports show that the group is still in Bacolod and was planning to rob one of the big malls in the city and a bank after the Holy week, but failed because of police presence. They also planned to stage a heist at a pawnshop on Thursday, but for reasons that were not disclosed, were not able to do so.
“The suspects are armed with high-caliber of firearms and wear bullet proof vests, so my instruction is (to be followed) just in case they fight back. Shoot them in the head immediately”, a furious de la Paz said.
“We have to confront them decisively and I want to get them at all cost, whether they are dead or alive”, he added.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia had instructed de la Paz to give attention and focus on the neutralization of these personalities as soon as possible so the peace and order situation in Bacolod will normalize.
De la Paz disclosed that several witnesses confirmed through pictures that three out of the seven men who tried to rob a pawnshop in Bacolod on Wednesday were also part of the group who held up the Central Negros Electric Cooperative and took P3.6 million in March.
Investigation revealed that the suspects went to the pawnshop on Tuesday and one of them, identified as Richard Dagumon, used a fictitious name and acted as a customer from Misamis Oriental, who wanted to send P500 to a resident of General Santos City.
Gernardo Saniel and Ruel Remedios both of Zamboanga Del Sur, who were also part of the group in the CENECO robbery, meanwhile, were seen by the witnesses on board a red Kia Avila vehicle parked near the pawnshop, de la Paz said.
Aside from the red Kia Avila, the suspects are also using a black Hi-lux pick-up while in their operation, he also said.
Other members of the group who have already been identified by the city police are Roberto Solis of Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Gaudencio Vardon Monopollo Jr., and Darvin Jay Tibon of Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental, Ruel Alvarez of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, Reynaldo Bacolod “alias Toto” of Las Piñas City, and Joseph Calarmo of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.*APN