Celso lauds police for Sineneng’s arrest PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:19

Mayor Celso Lobregat has highly praised local police authorities for the recent arrest of one of the most wanted persons in the city for alleged involvement in the spate of shooting incidents in the barangays of Talon-talon, Mampang and Arena Blanco last year.

“This goes to show that really crime does not pay and that in the end the long arm of the law will catch up on you”, the mayor said as he commended specifically the police team that effected the arrest of Gilbert Estrada Sineneng at his residence in KM 7 Mampang  last Monday afternoon.

He said the perseverance of the police resulted to the peaceful arrest of the suspect . “I have always said that the only way to lessen criminality is to get the criminals”. The authorities, he stressed should not rest on their laurels but pursue arrests of other wanted persons.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo said operatives from the Tetuan Police Station headed by Supt. Albert Larubis caught up with Sineneng Monday after over a year of surveillance and monitoring activities.  Recovered from the suspect’s possession was a .45 caliber pistol with two magazines loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition.

After the commission of crimes last year, Sineneng sought refuge in Manila and Bicol to elude arrest. Sineneng has 5 warrants of arrest and several others pending issuance by the Court, according to de Ocampo.

With all the cases or charges he is facing in Court, de Ocampo said the bail bond for Sineneng’s freedom would reach over a million pesos.
The city police chief said the informant who helped secure Sineneng’s arrest has already received his monetary reward from city government.

Mayor Lobregat called on the authorities to ensure that justice is served and that suspects in different cases are given the due process.
Lobregat, who is chair of the City’s Crisis Management Committee, is closely coordinating with the police and military authorities for the maintenance of public safety.

The mayor has urged the authorities to strengthen efforts in curbing lawlessness in the area in coordination with the civilian forces and volunteers as well as barangay officials. — Sheila Covarrubias