Dagupan PNP commended for arrest of No. 1 Most Wanted fugitive

By July 10, 2022Crime Notes

DAGUPAN City Mayor Belen Fernandez received a big boost on her first day in office, July 1, when the Dagupan Police arrested the No.1 Most Wanted Person in Dagupan City and two other crime suspects in separate police operations  in the city.

Fernandez commended P/Lt. Colonel Romil Avenido, newly designated officer-in-charge at the Dagupan City Police, who reported a series of significant arrests on July 1 that included Benjamin Cuison, 26, a tricycle driver, and a resident of Barangay 1, Dagupan City, tagged as the No. 1 most wanted person in the city.

Cuison was arrested by the Dagupan Police at about 7:17 p.m. on July 1 by virtue of a warrant of arrest for the crime of carnapping dated October 9, 2020 with a recommended bail bond of P300,000 for his temporary liberty.

Cuison, who went into hiding for the last 2 years was nabbed by the police at his residence but offered no resistance when he was being arrested.

Earlier, the police also arrested a notorious drug pusher, Karlo Villaroman, 30, also a tricycle driver, of Arellano Street in Barangay Pantal, in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Mayombo. Some P6,800 worth of shabu was seized from his possession.

On June 30, few hours after Mayor Fernandez took her oath as mayor of Dagupan, the Dagupan Police served a bench warrant of arrest to another wanted person, Rommel Lopez, a resident of Barangay Caranglaan, who had a case for theft.

For the city police’s impressive accomplishments, Mayor Fernandez commended Avenido during her first flag raising ceremony on July 4 at the city plaza, attended by officials and employees of the Dagupan City government and national government agencies based in the city.

She told the city police: “Asahan ng mga kapulisan ,na kaisa ako sa kanilang layunin na mapanatiling mapayapa ang lungsod.”

Avenido was a battalion commander of the Special Action Force in Zamboanga City before he was designated OIC of the Dagupan police,.

On the arrest of Villaroman, Fernandez warned city residents engaging in illegal drugs that her administration will revive and further intensify her anti-illegal drugs campaign in the barangays that she launched to support the drug war declared by  then President Duterte in in 2016.

At the same time, she urged the Sanggunian Panlungsod to allocate funds to enable her to restore and continue her rehabilitation. program for the benefit of arrested drug users.

The city government under her stewardship in her previous term, bankrolled the rehabilitation of drug dependents from poor families who could not afford costs of rehab. (Leonardo Micua)

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