The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Monday announced the arrest of the two most wanted men in the northern part of Metro Manila.
The first was Escarlan Dela Cruz, also known as Boboy, who was arrested over the weekend in Caloocan City for four counts of sexual assault and a violation of the Anti-Child Abuse Act.
A composite team from the NCRPO- District Intelligence Division, Northern Police District, Caloocan City Police Station, Regional Special Operations Group-Regional Intelligence Division, and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Northern District Field Unit conducted the ‘Oplan Pagtugis at Salikop.”
This resulted in the arrest of Dela Cruz, who ranked number 10 in the list of most wanted persons in the district.
Dela Cruz is a member of the “Benjo Oriel Regalado” criminal group involved in gunrunning, illegal drugs, and robbery operating in Caloocan, Malabon, and Manila.
Authorities also arrested Wilfredo Pagary Villanueva along Diamante Street, Barangay 170, also in Caloocan City.
Villanueva ranked 6th in the district’s most wanted men list.
His arrest was made based on the warrant issued by Judge Ma. Teresa D. Alvarez of Caloocan Regional Trial Court Branch 131 for two counts of rape.
NCRPO director Brig. Gen. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. commended his men for the latest accomplishment and acknowledged their dedication and effort in maintaining peace and order in the community.
Aside from going after most wanted men, the NCRPO is also enforcing the PNP’s anti-crime campaign dubbed as SACLEO (Simultaneous Anti-Criminality and Law Enforcement Operations), aimed at ensuring peace and order in Metro Manila.