Police: 5 most wanted men never left home

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They are just around.

Discounting earlier documented reports that fugitive Palawan former governor Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, had fled abroad using fake passports, police investigators claim that the two escaped suspects are still very much around in the country.

“We believe that the Reyes brothers are still here. We continue to exert efforts to locate them. Until we have convincing evidence to prove that they have left the country, we believe they’re still here,” said Chief Supt. Francisco Uyami Jr., the head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

Uyami said the Reyes brothers, who have standing arrest warrants for the murder of Palawan broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega, may have concocted the story that they had fled the country to avoid detection.

Technique

“It can be (misinformation). That is one technique so that the authorities would stop looking for them here,” he told a Camp Crame press briefing on Tuesday.

Asked what his basis was for saying that the fugitive brothers are not abroad, Uyami said: “We base it on probabilities and hunch.”

But he said he could not “immediately dispute” a witness’ testimony that the Reyes brothers had fled and a video that showed Joel passing through an immigration counter at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).

“It appears that they had passports. But as far as we are concerned, we believe they’re still here,” Uyami insisted.

17 tracker teams

He said the Philippine National Police had intensified police operations against the Reyes brothers and the three others of the “Big 5,” or the country’s top five most wanted.

The others in the most-wanted list are retired Brig. Gen. Jovito Palparan, former Dinagat Island congressman Ruben Ecleo Jr. and Globe Asiatique owner Delfin Lee.

Palparan, called a berdugo (butcher) by political activists, is wanted in connection with the abduction of two University of the Philippines students who have been missing since 2006.

Ecleo went into hiding after he was ordered arrested for a graft case.

Lee has a standing arrest warrant issued by a Pampanga court for a multibillion-peso housing scam.

Uyami said the CIDG has created 17 “tracker teams” to conduct a nationwide hunt for the five and other high-profile fugitives.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has put up a P2-million reward for the capture of each of the Big 5.

Uyami said the tracker team members would undergo police training programs to improve their skills in case investigation and detective management.

On Tuesday, members of 10 tracker teams from CIDG units in the Luzon provinces attended a seminar on search, tracking and manhunt operations at the CIDG’s Camp Crame headquarters.

“Our purpose is to have a nationwide manhunt for the ‘Big 5’ and other most wanted criminals. This is in line with the PNP’s Oplan Pagtugis,” Uyami said.

“We believe that with better-trained tracker teams, we can arrest more wanted persons in the future,” he said.

Bigger than lotto

Uyami also sought the help of the public in arresting a total of 1,313 wanted criminals in the national and regional levels.

Instead of placing bets on lotto and other games of chance, he said people could become instant millionaires if they provide information on the whereabouts of these fugitives as the government has allocated a P223.7 million reward for their arrest.

“The reward money is huge. It’s even bigger than the lotto jackpot. And lotto is a game of chance. But if you help us, you can easily get the reward money,” he said.

Since January, the CIDG has arrested 569 wanted persons, 151 of whom are facing charges for heinous crimes like murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery.

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  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Incompetence galore, why not just zip it rather than yapping nonsense because making excuses is not exactly news and what people wanted to read is the apprehension of these high profile criminals not excuses.

    So they never left the country, then go get them and stop lamenting people playing the lotto and focus on getting the reward for the capture of these criminals. Well, unlike lotto where the bettor only loses a few bucks, playing the get the reward as a rat is a dangerous business where you bet your life instead of a few bucks. Are you people not aware of what the crazy followers of the equally crazy Ecleo do to people that will get their “god” convicted? Yeah, they have assassins that hunted down the relatives of his wife he murdered and her lawyer, now how much more violence they are capable of if they knew who ratted him out?

    Can we even trust the corrupt police in the PNP and the corrupt judges that will probably released if not dismiss the case in favor of the accused because the criminals have lawyers that has such pleasing PESOnality presenting evidence worth and weigh in gold, LOL.

    • tarikan

      If I were Delfin Lee with my billions of pesos, I could cause the whole PNP, NBI, DoJ agents to be blind, deaf, and mute. Easy job.

  • richard ortega

    foolice (police) lagay lang ang hanap nyo.

  • mamer2

    Just Don’t “Telegraph Your Punches” for the fugitives, or whoever, could be a step or two ahead of you.

  • tata_boy

    Dapat wanted dead or alive ang mga ito, tingnan natin kung susuko ang mga ito.

  • bok

    Baka lang nasa likod ng Camp Crame ang mga yan…

  • anu12345

    Mahirap palang malaman kung umalis ng bansa o hindi

  • Cheryl Joy Estrada-Lumapas

    meaning, you have to track those 1k plus fugitives just to get the 223M,jackpot daw, eh paano if ikaw ma.jakpatan…..tanggal din ang ulo mo.

  • Pio Pusli

    the bottom line is, Mamang Pulis are useless.

  • kontra_boohaya

    kotong! alam pala ninyo seeer. sa ibat ibang lord kayo kasi nakabuntot

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      of course they knew all along but there mouth were stuffed with money.
      we Filipinos are turn into donkeys by this kind of statement from the police. this CIDG should be whacked in back of their head and whip their balls to cough up the truth.

  • nice_boy

    Most wanted ni De Lima ang mga pinawalang sala ng CA. Sino ba ang dapat masunod? Si De Lima o ang Judiciary?

    • wawa2172

      Its the judiciary, mahina masyado ang evidences presented by de Lima and prosecutors. She have never won a case for the government and that she needs to be replace nang mas magaling.

    • tarikan

      Sa susunod ang CA justices na ang WANTED. I might volunteer to be in the tracker team. Mahilig sa technicality ang CA. Sabagay that’s where the money is—technicality, mahina daw ang overwhelming evidence, wala raw probable cause pero itinuturo na ng suspek na caught in the act, hindi raw convincing ang witness pero hindi nila nakita ang witness, etc., TRO, etc. quash the case, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernesto.y.tolentino Ernesto Y. Tolentino

    This is all blah.

  • bert mendoza

    so ang mga tracker teams who have just undergone a seminar will be on “OJT” ON THE JOB TRAINING while hunting the 5 most wanted men. Should not the best trained policemen be sent to track the most wanted criminals?

    • Euandros

      Hanap na lang ng ibang DILG Sec kase si Mar Roxas puro kampanya
      inaatupag imbes trabaho sa DILG

  • ting0508

    This Chief Sup Uyami, Jr. is not only dumb but blind as well. If the 5 fugitives are still here why can the police not catch them? Are they still sleeping on their job? As usual? Inutile police force?

    • batangsulpok

      Kaya nga ang tawag sa kanila ay Pulis Patola dahil lagging tulog sa pansitan sa kakakain at kakainom ng libre.

  • wawa2172

    The PNP has no funds to go after those most wanted. The intel funds goes to the pockets undisguised as hunting the criminals. Hope its not true but as kwentong barbero goes, its the most wanted providing the funds to the authorities not to capture them. Well, this criminals are just waiting for friendly admin bago mag pakita just like Lacson and his partner in crimes.

  • hopeless_na

    sa US (boston tragedy) nahuli kaagad… sa pinas nakatakbo kaagad. lol

  • Horst Manure

    The department of jokes DOJ and the judiciary should be in the Guinness book of records under hopeless, as good as a chocolate teapot.
    And if they are caught they will die of old age before they get the court case finished.

  • tarikan

    “The reward money is huge. It’s even bigger than the lotto jackpot. And lotto is a game of chance. But if you help us, you can easily get the reward money,” Chief Supt. Uyami said. Once you have collected your reward money you are a marked man by the PNP. Only they know you were an informant with millions of reward money. The news would just say: victim of robbery-homicide.

  • Nisky Ocsave

    The police is not serious about all these if they do they should have put up their names and picture in here and every where, you can’t fool us of your insincere hypocrite practices cop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/donald.posas Donald Posas

    Reward money are just for tracker PNP and government officials who would do all measures even to the extent of making their own personal views about the whereabouts of the so called fugitives even some of them were indicted without probable cause. They are just following their big boss Leila De Lima.

  • http://www.facebook.com/judith.nacor.14 Judith Nacor

    Hahahaha!Sometimes I could not help myself but laughed at their presumptions about the whereabouts of the fugitives especially the Reyes brothers. I can still remember that there were sightings of them in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia and now they were saying that they were just still here? No credibility in justice as well as no credibility in their statements. Just media exposure!

  • keen barcelo

    and how come they are still not behind bars????

  • Orod II

    Tracker Teams? Just place all of them in a room and show them “Dog the Bounty Hunter” video for one week and let them go and chase their prey.

  • bobong

    puro na lang training, training,training…..inaamin ang police inefficiencies. may bounty o wala, produce them!!

  • Guest

    Pakisabi kay Mar: Trabaho muna bago pamumulitika at kampanya

  • Guest

    Talamak ang election violence. Si Mar Roxas puro press con lang alam gawin

  • speedstream2

    Is this the case of fugitives just hiding in plain sight? If so, we need to have to our eyes checked asap.

  • regd

    What probabilities and hunch? Stupid Supd. What do conspiracy theorist do in between theories? Make up more theories! These policeman will look into the mirror and say “that man looks familiar?”

  • Mark

    Make a website, put their photos, names, aliases, case, photos of warrant of arrest, and the reward in big, bold letters so the people can help in looking for the criminals.

    Kung pulis lang ang hahanap dito walang mangyayari, asa ka pa sa pulis, gusto nila sa kanila lang mapunta ung reward.

    Paging PNP chief Purisima, gamitin ang social media sa pag hanap sa mga kriminal, hindi ung puro tambay sa malacanan palace, anak ng teteng at tokwa.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    si uyami pala naghahanap e. sa bobo ng tao na yan, ay sus, wala pag asa…

  • Ommm

    The police will find them as soon as they find their keys to the police car……

  • Guest

    Bakit mas inuuna pa ni Mar Roxas ang pangangampanya kasama team pnoy kesa sa mga trabaho niya sa DILG?

  • Guest

    Alam naman ni Mar Roxas na madami karahasan pag malapit na eleksyon pero siya petiks petiks lang sa DILG

  • Guest

    Kaya malaya ang mga kriminal ngayon dahil tutok si Mar Roxas sa kampanya kesa sa anti-crime campaign

  • BoyBakal

    Police: 5 most wanted men never left home

    Funny…..never left home yet they cannot find them.
    If they never left home, then search the home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lorena.lagrosa.58 Lorena Lagrosa

    WALA NA YAN PAG ASA NA MAKIKITA MGA TINATAWAG NA FUGITIVES! PASAW NA PASAW NA SI LEILA DE LIMA KAYA NGA TUMAKAS NA SI MANCAO KASI TALAGANG PAPATAYIN YAN SA CITY JAIL. BUTI NGA TUMAKAS DIN ANG MGA REYES KASI GAGAWAAN DIN SILA NG HINDI MAGANDA PAG DUMAAN PA SILA SA DUE PROCESS! OBVIOUS NAMAN EH, NAPAWALANG SALA NA SILA NG CA AY HABOL PA RIN NG HABOL SI DE LIMA. KAYA PANIBAGONG DAGOK NA NAMAN SA KANYA ITONG PAGTAKAS NI MANCAO.

  • Guest

    Mar Roxas mas inuuna pa ang kampanya kasama team pnoy kesa sa mga
    trabaho niya sa DILG.Anong klaseng chief yan?

  • http://www.facebook.com/imelda.mabini.9 Imelda Mabini

    The tide is turning out against DOJ and DILG right now upon the addition of MANCAO. Even MANCAO does not believe and trust De Lima and what a lucky escape for his favor. For De Lima, just follow the CA’s decision and free the Reyes brothers to lessen your stress. According to specialists, stress causes heart attack.

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