CAMP OLIVAS, City of San Fernando, Pampanga -- A fugitive listed as number one most wanted person in Alcala, Pangasinan was arrested by police authorities during a manhunt operation in Nueva Ecija on Sunday afternoon, July 17.
Joint operatives of Guimba Police, 303rd Maneuver Company Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3, 3rd Platoon Base, 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company and Alcala Police conducted a manhunt operation in Brgy. Sta. Monica, Rizal, Nueva Ecija that resulted in the arrest of Elpidio Santua, 55, and a resident of Brgy. San Vicente, Alcala, Pangasinan.
He was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Rape issued by Hon. Junius Fernandez Dalaten, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 50, Villasis, Pangasinan.
The court’s recommended bail for his temporary liberty has been pegged at P120,000.
"We will continuously launch operations to account and arrest all persons sought by law to rid our communities of lawless elements,” said Brigadier General Matthew Baccay, director of Police Regional Office in Region 3.
“One criminal off the street accords our citizens a sound sleep," he added.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old man listed as number one most wanted in Apalit, Pampanga was also arrested by police authorities in Bulacan on Sunday, July 17.
Police identified the arrested as Alexander Sarmiento, a construction worker and a resident of Brgy. Tabuyuc, Apalit, Pampanga.
He was arrested on the strength of a Warrant of Arrest for Violation of Sec. 5 Art. 3 of RA 7610 (Lascivious Conduct) issued by Hon. Katherine Legarda Pajaron, Presiding Judge, RTC, Branch 54, Macabebe, Pampanga dated July 7, 2022.
The recommended bail was P200,000.