Caloocan police catch city’s most wanted manBy Nathaniel R. Melican
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Caloocan’s most wanted man, who is believed to be behind at least three robbery cases and two killings where one of the victims was the head of the city government’s Environment Sanitation Services, has fallen into the hands of authorities.
The police identified him as Richard Ramos, one of three brothers who led a group known for shooting their victims before robbing them.
His two brothers—Wilfredo and Felimon—were killed in an encounter with policemen last year.
Ramos has pending cases of robbery with homicide and robbery with frustrated homicide in the Caloocan City Regional Trial Court. He also faces charges of attempted homicide in the Valenzuela Metropolitan Trial Court and illegal possession of firearms in the Malabon Regional Trial Court.
In addition, he was identified by witnesses as one of those who killed Ruben Merrera, the officer in charge of the Environment Sanitation Services Office at Caloocan City Hall North in June. The victim’s wife was also shot although she survived.
Ramos was arrested in Barangay 163, Caloocan City, on Sunday morning after months of surveillance and manhunt operations in other cities in the northern part of Metro Manila.
Police records showed that Merrera and his wife were on their way to work on June 28 and traveling in their vehicle on Narra Street in Rainbow Village 5, Bagombong when Ramos, together with still unidentified cohorts, shot them.
In a police report, Caloocan police director Senior Supt. Jude Santos said that Ramos would be presented before the courts where he has pending cases to facilitate his transfer to a detention facility.