Latest Stories

Irked De Lima orders probe into death of Ozamis crime gang leader


(from left) NBP Supt. Venancio Tesoro, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and BuCor Chief Jesus Bucayu met to discuss the circumstances of the death of Ozamis gang leader.

MANILA, Philippines—A visibly irked Justice Secretary Leila De Lima ordered Tuesday the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the leader of the notorious Ozamis crime syndicate.

De Lima told reporters that after the press conference in Camp Crame on Monday, Rick Cadavero alias “Kambal” and Wilfredo Panogalinga alias “Kulot” was supposed to be turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

“I want answers first from General [Benito] Estipona and from Superintendent [Danilo] Mendoza. Explain the whole thing. Good thing I was not at the press conference [in Camp Crame yesterday],” De Lima said.

At the press conference in Camp Crame Monday, Cadavero and Panogalinga were presented to the media before a ceremonial turn over by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the BuCor. It was led by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

However, after the press conference, New Bilibid Prison Superintendent Venancio Tesoro said the police refused to turn over the two to their custody until they finished the inquest proceedings for the new criminal cases that will be filed against them.

“Even with that press conference, there was no official or legal turnover yet. Is that [press conference] for show? BuCor will only be used as props,” De Lima said.

“I am directing the NBI to immediately conduct an investigation on that incident because of the very ridiculous circumstance,” De Lima added.

Cadavero escaped last December. He was sentenced to serve 67 years for a string of robbery-holdups in Metro Manila in 2011 and 2012. He was rearrested last Friday. Then, Cadavero and his companion were killed Monday evening after they came from the Dasmariñas Prosecutors Office where they were slapped with a case for evasion of service of sentence and illegal possession of firearms.

Here is what has happened Monday, as reported by Tesoro to De Lima:

         They were informed that there will be a press conference in Camp Crame for the formal turnover of Cadavero and Panogalina.

         After the press conference, the police officers escorted Cadavero and Panogalinga to the prison van where prison officers were waiting for the formal turnover.

         Estipona and Mendoza told Tesoro that they are going to use the prison van purposely to assist them in securing the fugitive up to the place where they will brought for inquest.

         Tesoro ordered his guards to bring the fugitives to the NBP for inquest.

         Estipona and Mendoza intervened and advised that the fugitive will be brought to their camp for the necessary inquest proceedings.

         From Camp Crame, the fugitives were escorted inside the prison van only up to the gate of the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa.

         From there, the two were transferred to the police van and then proceeded to Dasmariñas in Cavite.

“I told them that inquest can be conducted inside the NBP but they said they will not allow that. They have to go to Dasmariñas. They assured us that they will turn them over after the process,” Tesoro said.

The two were taken for inquest in Dasmariñas, Cavite, De Lima said. However, what she finds puzzling was the fact that why did they go to San Pedro in Laguna.

“If they came from Dasmariñas in Cavite, why San Pedro? I asked those familiar with the place and they said they can take the expressway back to NBP but they [the police] took them further away [from NBP],” De Lima said.

“I was so alarmed. I smell something fishy in the whole story,” De Lima added.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Bureau of Corrections , Crime , Nation , News , Ozamis Gang , Rick Cadavero , robbery

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • Senator hopes PH will also get same vow
  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Marketplace