Former Mayor Cobangbang of Cabugao, 2 Others Surrender To Police

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO- In his report to the PNP Chief, Police General Archie Francisco F Gamboa, Police Brigadier General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr., PRO1 Regional Director confirmed that former Cabugao Mayor Josh Edward Cobangbang together with Atty. Arvin Manibo Manaois, 28 and Engr. Crescencio Concepcion Marcos, 52, finally surrendered to the police Friday morning (August 14) at  Police Regional Office 1, Camp Florendo, Parian, City of San Fernando, La Union.

Cobangbang and 19 municipal employees under his term were accused of Serious Illegal Detention and Grave Coercion for allegedly detaining a resort operator and several employees during the closure of the resort.

The surrender came after 15 other accused voluntarily submitted themselves upon the implementation of Warrant of Arrest for the crime of Serious Illegal Detention and Grave Coercion issued by Hon. Gemma P Bucayu-Madrid, Executive Judge, RTC Branch 12, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan dated October 22, 2019.

Meanwhile, Police Brigadier General Rodolfo S Azurin Jr., lauded PCOL Ronald Tagao, Provincial Director and PLTCOL Louise Benjie Tremor of Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office, CIDG Ilocos Sur PFU, personnel of Cabugao MPS, Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD), Regional Intelligence Division, Regional Mobile Force Battalion 1 and Provincial Intelligence Unit, Ilocos Sur for the exemplary execution of said warrant of arrest.

“This is a manifestation that your police is doing all its efforts to apprehend those who transgressed the law,” he said.

He also commit that the Region 1 Cops under his command will intensify its anti-criminality efforts as an indispensable tool in achieving progress in the entire region.

The surrender is also attributed to the efforts of the former Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson (now the Municipal Mayor of Narvacan) and Cabugao Mayor Edgardo S Cobangbang Jr. who convinced them to voluntarily surrender to the authorities. As part of the health protocol, they will undergo 14-day quarantine here at Camp Florendo and will undergo RT-PCR on Monday (August 17). ####

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