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Camiguin’s top fugitive falls in Gingoog village

Correspondent .

GINGOOG City — Police arrested Camiguin province’s most wanted man during a raid in the outlying village of San Jose here on Monday.

Gingoog police director Supt. Ariel Philip Pontillas identified the fugitive as 55-year old Rico Banaag whom he linked to the drug trade in the island province of Camiguin.

Pontillas said Banaag, who married a woman from this city, was caught during a raid in Purok 5, Barangay San Jose here.

Banaag’s arrest was a result of an operation jointly carried out by the Gingoog and Camiguin police offices.

Banaag’s arrest brought to 90 the number of fugitives arrested in Gingoog since Pontillas assumed as city police chief in February.

Pontillas said it was the Camiguin police that tagged Banaag as the island’s most wanted man.

Banaag’s arrest was based on an arrest warrant issued by Judge Nannette Michote Lao of the 28th Branch 28 of the Regional Trial Court in Mambajao, Camiguin, last year.

The suspect was charged with violation of Section 5 of RA 9165. No bailbond was recommended.


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