Man wanted for murder, homicide nabbed inside sea vessel

A MEMBER of a criminal gang who had been wanted for murder and homicide was arrested inside a sea vessel in Cebu City Thursday, November 3, 2022.

Nabbed through two separate warrants of arrest was Argie Codera Abella, 37, of Sitio Tarcom, Upper Laguerta, Barangay Busay, Cebu City, who has been considered the number 2 most wanted person.

The arrest was made inside a passenger vessel in Pier 1, Barangay San Roque, Cebu City by personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Cebu City Field Unit led by Police Lieutenant Colonel Randy Korret.

A warrant for Abella’s arrest for murder was issued by Judge Ma. Lynna Pacamalan Adviento of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 58, Cebu City dated March 10, 2022. No bail has been recommended for his temporary liberty.

Another warrant was issued by Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya of RTC Branch 5, this time for homicide. The court recommended a bail of P120,000 for Abella’s temporary liberty.

Korret said Abella was using another name when he took the passenger vessel, based on the manifest obtained by CIDG.

He said Abella is a member of a criminal gang involved in gun running, robbery-holdup and illegal drug trade in Cebu City and nearby areas in Cebu Province.

The arrest was made after the CIDG received information that Abella was about to flee Cebu, prompting the authorities to launch a manhunt operation.

The operation was conducted by the CIDG together with the Cebu City Mobile Force Company, Regional Intelligence Unit 7, Cebu Port Authority Police and Philippine Coast Guard. (AYB/LMY)