CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Combined elements of police units in Ilocos Norte arrested during simultaneous checkpoint operations a member of a partisan armed group (PAG) at Barangay Balacad in Laoag City.
Police Senior Superintendent Marlou C. Chan, officer-in-charge of the Ilocos Norte police, named the arrested person as Jonathan Bagamaspad, 43, a resident of Barangay Bungcag of Dingras town, and a member of a PAG said to be identified with Dingras Mayor Marynette Gamboa.
Bagamaspad was onboard a Toyota RAV4, part of a convoy of vehicles led by Mayor Gamboa, when he was arrested in a police checkpoint for carrying a firearm. He presented a firearm license but was unable to present a permit to carry firearm outside of residence (PTCFOR). Confiscated from him is a Caliber .45 pistol loaded with a magazine containing eight (8) pieces of live ammunition.
In his report to PRO1 Regional Director Police Chief Superintendent Orlando M. Mabutas, Chan said that Bagamaspad is a suspect in the killing in September 2009 of Rey Ruiz, president of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) board of directors. Bagamaspad, together with Mayor Gamboa, was charged for the killing of Ruiz.
In the same report, Chan also said Bagamaspad is one of the respondents in the ambush incident in Barangay San Esteban, Dingras town on December 28, 2009 that resulted in the death of Barangay Captain Jo-en Cañete and the wounding of former Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Dr. Robert Castro.
The arrest of Bagamaspad came in the wake of the recent directive of the PNP leadership to sustain the drive against PAGs.