The Regional Intelligence Division (RID), NCRPO together with Sablayan Municipal Police Station, Occidental Mindoro and Cavite Criminal Investigation and Detection Group- Provincial Field Unit (CIDG PFU) in coordination with Dinalupihan Municipal Police Station, Bataan successfully served a warrant of arrest against a National Most Wanted Person at about 2:45 P.M. of July 17, 2019 at Brgy. Saguing, Dinalupihan, Bataan.
NCRPO Regional Director PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR identified the accused as Burt Apostol y Trinidad, 55 years old, married and a resident of Zone 6 Baytan, Iba, Zambales.
Apostol was arrested by virtue of Warrant of Arrest for Evasion of Service of Sentence issued by Acting Presiding Judge Cornelio A. Sy, MTC 4th Judicial Region, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro dated July 2, 2019.
Operation stemmed from an information of a confidential informant regarding the whereabouts of Apostol. Information gathered through surveillance, monitoring and lateral coordination led to the arrest of the accused.
Case records show that in 1989, Apostol was convicted in Pasay City for the crime of Robbery. In 1991, he was brought to Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro to serve his sentence. However, after a year, he was able to escape in prison. Thereafter, authorities consistently tried to locate him and successfully arrested him in 1995. After a couple of years, Apostol escaped again in 1997 while he was plowing in Sablayan Prison and Penal Farm. He became a construction worker to sustain his needs and evaded the law for more than twenty-one years up to the date of apprehension.
The accused was brought to RID office for documentation pending the legal orders from the court of origin.
PMGEN ELEAZAR stated that, “Makikita natin kung gaano kailap ang taong ito. Hindi na tayo papayag na muli pa siyang makatakas. Gayundin, ang pagkakadakip sa National Most Wanted Person na ito ay sa tulong ng mga kababayan nating patuloy na nagtitiwala sa ating mga kapulisan. Magsilbi sanang babala ito sa iba pang wanted sa batas na gaano man sila kagaling magtago ay sinisigurado namin, hindi lang ng mga kapulisan kundi pati ng taumbayan na sila ay mahuhuli nasaan man sila sa bansa”.
“Patuloy ko din na hinihikayat ang ating mga kababayan na huwag matakot at ipagbigay alam ang kinaroroonan ng mga wanted sa batas. Bawat impormasyong binibigay sa amin ay mahalaga at masusing pinag aaralan upang maaksyunan”, PMGEN ELEAZAR said.