MANILA, Philippines --- Police efforts to get the so-called ''Big Four'' fugitives have just turned into an intensified web hunt. Yesterday, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has added the popular social networking site Twitter in obtaining information that could lead to the arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, Dinagat Rep. Ruben Ecleo, former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother Coron town Mayor Mario Reyes.
Director Samuel Pagdilao, CIDG, said the public could both get and provide information about wanted persons, including the four, through the unit's twitter account @CIDG_PIO.
''This project aims to bring the CIDG closer to the public through new media, which has become more and more accessible to consumers with the proliferation of smart phones, tabs and other technologies,'' said Pagdilao.
Palparan, it was recalled, went into hiding after an arrest warrant was issued against him in connection with the death of two female student activists while Ecleo, who was already kicked out of the House of Representatives, suddenly disappeared after he was convicted on the death of his wife.
The Reyes brothers, on the other hand, are being made accountable for the killing of broadcast journalist Gerry Ortega who was shot dead in Puerto Princesa City last year. All of them are carrying huge reward money ranging from P500,000 to P1.2 million.