Bukidnon’s major ‘criminal gangs’

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News/ 19 October) Two alleged members of
the Batistil Gang based in Valencia City, Juvel Fabricante and
Reynante Malapad, were killed in an encounter with police operatives
on October 16 (see related story).

Police labeled the “gang” as notorious for their alleged involvements
in various criminal cases in the province. One police report said the
two were behind or were prime suspects in 11 pending criminal cases in
the province.

The Batistil group is apparently not the only alleged criminal gang
operating in the province.

The Bukidnon Provincial Police Office in May 2011 reported  before the
Sangguniang Panlalawigan that they have identified and monitored at
least seven groups suspected to be operating criminal activities (in
alphabetical order).

ACUMAN Group – Allegedly responsible for the series of highway
robberies, hold up and cattle rustling activities in barangays
Tikalaan and Dominorog, all of Talakag and nearby towns in Bukidnon.
The group is also suspected to be behind an ambush in November 2007 in
Brgy. Tikalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon.

BATISTIL Group – Allegedly responsible in highway robbery or hold up
activities in Valencia City and the towns of Maramag, Don Carlos, and
Kitaotao. Police have also implicated the group to alleged gun for
hire activities preying on RTMI buses and delivery vans. Suspects were
reported to have boarded buses and will declare hold up. They also
victimize salesmen of delivery vans who are about to collect cash from
customers.

CABIGON Group  – Police said the group is allegedly responsible in
highway or hold up activities in the northern portion of Bukidnon
particularly along the national highway. But the police cited that
their operation covers Manolo Fortich to Quezon town in the south.
They have reportedly preyed on RTMI buses and delivery vans.

JAMERA Group – Police said the group is allegedly responsible in the
series of robbery or hold up in the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia
and in the town of Maramag and neighboring towns. Police said the
group is equipped with caliber .45 and .357 pistol and shotguns.

HUSTUHAN Group – Police said the group is allegedly responsible for
the series of robberies/ hold up and cattle rustling activities in
Sitio Nangkaon, Brgy. Dagundalahon, Talakag, Bukidnon.  The police
identified the group’s leader who is allegedly charged for murder,
highway robbery, and violation of PD 705 or the Forestry Code of the
Philippines.

LUNDAHAN Group – Police identified the group as suspects in the series
of banditry, cattle rustling, and robberies in Baungon town. The
group’s leader was identified to have reward money in his head of
P140,000 for his immediate capture  per Department of Interior and
Local Government memorandum circular in October 30, 2006.

TUNDAHAN Group – Police identify the group as allegedly responsible
for the series of robberies and cattle rustling activities based in
Tirucan, Sto. Nino, Talakag, Bukidnon and in Tignapoloan, Cagayan de
Oro City and neighboring towns in Bukidnon. The group’s members
already have charges filed against them at the Regional Trial Court in
Manolo Fortich.

The volume of index crimes against property alone (robbery, theft, car
theft, and cattle rustling) from January to June 2011, was 1,114
cases, according to statistics obtained from BPPO in June 2011. These
cases comprise the highest volume in the province total crime volume.

From January to March 2011 for example, the volume of index crimes
against persons (murder, homicide, physical injury, rape) reached 350
with physical injury at 245 the highest.

The total index crime volume, 962, is 84 percent of the total crime
volume of the province at 1,145 in the first quarter of 2011. Police
reported only solving 104 of those cases.

Supt. Canilo Fuentes, deputy provincial police director for
operations, said since May 2011 there are new additions to the list of
suspected criminal groups, including the Salusad group based in San
Fernando town. He said the smaller groups were not included in the
list.

All of these groups, he added, have warrants of arrests issued by the
courts in Bukidnon. (Bukidnon News)

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