By Mar Supnad
CAMP MACABULOS, Tarlac City — “We will not allow Tarlac to be a haven of any criminal.”
This was the statement made by Sr. Supt. Ritchie Medardo Posadas as he disclosed the capture of former policeman Aris Amposta, alleged leader of the “notorious” Amposta robbery-drug group, in his hideout in the hinterland Dapdap Resettlement, Barangay Lourdes, Bamban town.
Posadas, the Tarlac police provincial director, said Amposta was apprehended based on a warrant of arrest issued by an Angeles City court for robbery with violence and intimidation against person.
Amposta went into hiding since the warrant for his arrest was issued by Judge Eda Dizon-Herna of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 80 on Sept. 21, 2015.
Posadas said the Amposta group was involved in a series of robbery, extortion and vehicle theft cases in Angeles City and other parts of Pampanga including distribution of illegal drugs in Pampanga and Tarlac.
Apparently, the robbery case was filed by a businessman from Angeles City against the 33-year-old Amposta, along with another cop-on-AWOL (absence without leave) Roberto Bautista and 2 civilians — Jay-R Nasam Alias Buboy and Elmer “Boyong” Nasam alias Bagalawis.
(Bautista and Jay-R are still at large while Elmer was recently killed by unidentified gunmen in Angeles City.)
Their victim was said to have been held up at gunpoint and robbed of his cash and valuables by Amposta and his group.
Posadas disclosed that Amposta and his cohorts are also the subject of two other warrants of arrest – another robbery with violence and/or intimidation against person case (Jan. 19, 2016) and for torture (Republic Act 9745 – Anti-Torture Act of 2009).
Amposta belongs to Philippine National Police Recruit batch 2007-2 and was last assigned with the Angeles City Public Safety Company (ACPSC).
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