PALO, Leyte — After years of hiding, another wanted men were arrested by the Police Regional Special Operations Group 8 (RSOG8), police official reported today.

Last Thursday (Sept. 6), the police arrested six murder suspects who went into hiding shortly after charged of killing a neighbor four years ago in Leyte town.

Arrested murder suspects nabbed by RSOG8 in a manhunt operations last week. (Photo by PRO-8)

In an emailed progress report sent to this outlet, Police Regional Director PCSupt. Elmer R. Soria said this operation forms part of the implementation of LOI Manhunt Chalie, one of the 10-point agenda of the Chief PNP Nicanor Bartolome, to arrest all wanted persons in the country.

PCSupt. Soria identified the captured suspects, all facing murder charges, as certain Francisco Cabahug alias Buntol, Cris and Narciso Tormis, all residents of Sitio Canmanasa, Brgy. San Agustin, Palo, Leyte and Santiago, Antonio and Ricky Adao, all residents of Brgy. Capirawan, Palo, Leyte.

The police regional director said operatives of the RSOG8, Regional Public Safety Battalion 8 (RPSB8) and the local police zcollared the suspects in their hideouts in Brgys. San Agustin and Capirawan, Palo town.

The arrests were conducted on the strength of alias warrant for murder issued by Hon. Judge Frisco T. Lilagan of RTC Branch 34, 8th Judicial Region, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Tacloban City docketed under Criminal Case No. 2008-01-34 with no recommended bailbond for their temporary liberty.

RD Soria added that the arrested persons are wanted for the murder of one Juanito Guttierez sometime in November 21, 2007. The incident started on a dispute over a piece of land between the victim and the suspects. After the perpetration of the crime, the suspects went into hiding.

Arrested suspects were detained at Palo Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.

Maintaining the dictum that “more criminals behind bars and more policemen in patrol means much safer streets,” Soria said accounting for wanted crime offenders particularly those involved in heinous crimes will continue to be a major thrust of his administration.