CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — Intensified police operations of the Region 1 police headed by Police Chief Superintendent Constante Davis Azares Jr. netted a top most wanted person (TMWP) and suspected Private Armed Group (PAG) member in Barangay San Roque, Agoo, La Union.
Aided with a warrant of arrest issued by Honorable Judge Arturo B. Buenaventura of Regional Trial Court Branch 22 in Narvacan, Ilocos Sur, operatives of the Special Operations Group of the Regional Intelligence Division (SOG-RID), 2nd Company of the Regional Public Safety Management Battalion (RPSMB) and Agoo Police Station led by Police Chief Inspectors Eduardo Danguecan, Jr. and Joel Quintero under the supervision of Police Superintendent Julius C. Suriben arrested Flor D. Abiang, 48 years old, married and a resident of Barangay Cabaroan, Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur.
General Azares said Abiang was listed Most Wanted Person in the Regional Level with a monetary reward of P140,000.00 approved under the DILG Memorandum Circular Number 2006-146 dated October 26, 2006.
Abiang is a suspect in a number of killings in Ilocos Sur and La Union from 2001 to 2003, and had been in hiding for several years.
“Based on records, the Abiang is a prime suspect in the killing of a certain Andres Tugade sometime in 2003; tagged as the alleged killer of a political supporter of an incumbent Sangguniang Bayan member in Sta Maria town in 2002; and a suspect in the assassination attempt on a Vice Mayor in Ilocos Sur in 2001. He is also believed to be involved in several unsolved killings in the region,” Azares added.
The Regional Director pointed out that the arrest of Abiang is a direct result of the relentless campaign of the Region 1 police against Most Wanted Persons.
“We will remain committed in addressing the neutralization of other MWP’s and we’ll keep on tapping the help of the community to monitor their whereabouts, to bring them to the law and give justice to the victims,” Azares stressed.
Abiang was temporarily detained at the Agoo Police Station before he will be turned-over to the court responsible over his case.
Azares commended the operating elements for their exemplary police work, and the community at large for their support and cooperation that led to this significant accomplishment. He also reiterated to his men his stern directive to stick to the Comelec rules and urged them to be more vigilant in all police operations especially now that Region 1 police is on the road to HOPE 2010.