OROQUIETA City (Edgar Catane / Feb 5) - The long most wanted and notorious criminal with P250,000 bounty on his head was finally captured in his lair at dawn Tuesday in Barangay Sumalig, Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental by a team of Regional Mobile Group (RMG) headed by Col. Edgar Daniel and Capt. John Encinereal.
The suspect was identified as Ricardo S. Uy Jr., popularly known as alias "Halap" married and a resident of barangay San Roque, Ozamis City and is the principal suspect in the killing of PO1 Rainsfold Gamotin, and widely known as one of the biggest "drug lord" operating in Ozamis City.
Halap was also allegedly involved in various "gun for hire" operations, drug trafficking, a series of bank robberies in Cebu and Manila and many other murder cases.
After four months of intensified manhunt, Uy was arrested at his hideout together with a certain Gary S. Santos, Romeo G. Pabatao and a lone woman Ana Anita C. Sarsaba.
The three were caught point blank, naked and confiscated from them one homemade caliber .22 rifle, four M-16 rifle short magazines, one caliber .45 pistol, one tooter, one small rolled aluminum foil, three big rolled aluminum foils, one key chain, 19 pieces of caliber 5.56mm live ammo. 6 pieces of caliber. .45 ammunitions and one bandoleer of unspecified ammunitions.
The suspects were presented to the media by governor Loreto Leo Ocampos who said that he toiled much to curb criminalities in the province together with the new provincial police director Col. Erwin Villacorte.
Ocampos said, the provincial government and the police regional director are working for the giving of a reward leading to the arrest of "Halap."
Ocampos commended Col. Villacorte, Col. Daniel, Capt Encinereal and the men of the RMG and all the civilians who have assisted in intelligence gathering operations.
"The arrest of "Halap," Ocampos said, is a tangible proof that no one is above the law," adding, "the authorities have been running after him for so long due to his towering docket of crimes particularly drug trafficking, yet the difficulty of his arrest has finally come to an end, a showing that when a community works in unity, nothing is too difficult," Ocampos stressed.
The governor said, he is appealing to the citizenry and to the government officials, especially the mayors, not to compromise themselves by cuddling criminals, but to run after them, as it is a deterrent to our common cause of maintaining peace and order in the province and to our common objective of preserving the moral fiber of our society," Ocampos added.