SUSPECTED KILLER OF 7 LA UNION RESIDENTS ARRESTED

CAMP DIEGO SILANG, La Union – A notorious leader of a gun-for-hire group allegedly involved in seven murders including two
politically-related killings was arrested by joint police operatives in Barangay Sta. Maria, Calauag, Quezon province yesterday.

Senior Superintendent Angelito Dumangeng, La Union police director, identified the suspect as Joel Ordinado, a resident of Nalasin, Balaoan town, listed as La Union’s No. 1 most wanted person and No. 4 of the top 10 most wanted persons in the Ilocos Region.

Dumangeng said that Ordinado has three pending warrants of arrest at the Balaoan Regional Trial Court for the Balaoan murders of Joel Fontanilla on Jan. 5, 2012; Jayson Estela on Feb. 6, 2012; and businessman Ramel Cabanban on Jan. 19, 2013.

Ordinado is also facing murder charges at the prosecutor’s office in San Juan town for the shooting to death of Efren Padua in 2013 and at the Regional Trial Court in Agoo for a killing in the nearby town of Pugo on May 16, 2013.

Dumangeng said investigators are now looking for witnesses who could link Ordinado to the ambush-killing of Bacnotan town Councilor Onofre Almojuela in March 2014, and the assassination of Edwin Cua, then president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, also in Bacnotan on June 2015.

“Ordinado went into hiding after the killings and we’ve been searching for him for the past years until our operatives managed to trace him through the GPS (global positioning system) of his cellphone. This is
a result of our intense “Lambat Sibat” operation,” Dumangeng said.

The suspect was arrested by the combined elements of the La Union police provincial office, the provincial intelligence branch, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 1, Regional Intelligence Unit, Quezon police and the Regional Intelligence Division of Police Regional Office 1.

Ordinado is now detained at the police detention facility in San Fernando City. JUN ELIAS/northboundasia.com