Cops downplay merger of Sabalones, Kuratong
CEBU, Philippines — Cebu Provincial Police Office director Senior Supt. Manuel Abrugena belittled the reported merger of the remnants of Kuratong Baleleng and the Sabalones drug syndicate.
Abrugena assured the public that the two groups are “not a force to be reckoned (with).”
He said there are indicators that the remnants of the Parojinog-led Kuratong Baleleng Gang from Ozamiz City are in Cebu because of the robbery incidents in Liloan and Consolacion that matched the group’s style.
“May indicators na sila ay nandito yung series of robberies duon sa Lilo-an and Consolacion from December to February at nakita natin ang yun mga players,” he said.
He, however, said they are still conducting further investigation to validate the indicators.
Abrugena added that there are also signs that the Parojinogs and the group of Franz Sabalones have joined forces.
“May indicators na nagsama ang dalawang grupo, since na weaken ang grupo nagmerge po sila (There are indicators that the two groups are together now),” Abrugena said.
Abrugena said the police will not be cowered by the merger of the criminal groups. He said they will continue to hunt them down.
According to him, the group may be working to score a huge amount of money to finance their operations not only in Cebu but in the other parts of the country.
He said they have received reports that the groups are also operating in Mindanao and Luzon. Abrugena, however, refused to confirm whether the movements have something to do with the upcoming elections.
“We cannot give you the details kung ano ang pinaghahandaan,” he said.
The police urged the community to be proactive by reporting suspicious people in their neighborhood.
“We are encouraging to report immediately if may sightings ng suspicious persons or people na nag-rent na malaki agad ang bayad yun ay isang indicator,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abrugena said internal cleansing is underway following reports that there are at least three policemen and one coast guard personnel involved in the illegal drug ring of Rustico Ygot.
The provincial police director said he will keep an eye on his anti-illegal drug operatives.
Abrugena admitted the possibility that the drug group might have contacts within the police organization.
“Yes there is probability na kaya lumago ang business sa druga dahil meron na nagtitip sa kanya from the inside, kaya pinalakas natin ang counter-intelligence para sa kapulisan,” Abrugena said.
The police reported that Cebu’s drug queen Jocelyn Encila was romantically linked to two active policemen before she had a relationship with the coast guard personnel.
Encila was tagged as the supplier of the over P190 million drugs seized during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City and Consolacion last week. (FREEMAN)