4 alleged ‘basag kotse’ gang members nabbed in Bulacan 

Published April 13, 2021, 11:11 PM

by Freddie Velez

A Manila cop and three other alleged members of a “basag kotse” group operating in Metro Manila and nearby provinces were arrested by Bulacan police on Monday, April 12.

Col. Lawrence B. Cajipe, Bulacan police director, identified the arrested suspects as Police Cpl. Mark Edison Belvis Quinton, detailed at Manila Police District (MPD); Allen Alvarado, John Fizer Salvador, and Juvito Suriaga Salvador, all residents of Tondo, Manila.

The police recovered from them a .38-caliber revolver, a hand grenade, and three sachets of suspected shabu.

Based on police report, the suspects were arrested on complaints of victim Melquiades Silencio who saw four members of the group looting his vehicle, a white Ford Ranger, in Brgy. Cruz na Daan, San Rafael, in Bulacan.

San Rafael police launched a pursuit operation against the suspects in coordination with adjacent police stations.

Suspects Alvarado and John Salvador were nabbed at a Quarantine Control Point (QCP) in Brgy. Garlang, San Ildefonso in Bulacan while on board a black Yamaha NMAX. Their two cohorts identified as Crismelle Chico and one alias “Saddam” evaded arrest.

Later, Quinton and Juvito Salvador appeared at San Ildefonso Police Station and introduced themselves as police officers of Manila Police District. They were asking about their relatives who were arrested at the checkpoint.

But when they were asked for their IDs, the two immediately fled on board a white Ford Everest with sticker number C1 MO79 toward San Miguel, Bulacan. They were pursued and cornered by San Miguel police officers at another QCP.

Aside from Quinton and Juvito Salvador, there were other passengers considered as Unauthorized Persons Outside Residence (UPOR) inside the intercepted vehicle, according to police.

Police said the four arrested suspects were members of Liber Paulino Gang, a  “basag kotse” group operating in National Capital Region, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Tarlac.

Cajipe said appropriate charges will be filed against the four suspects.