CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet– A man facing three cases of rape was arrested by combined police operatives in his alleged hideout in Barangay Lilimasan, San Carlos City, Pangasinan around 12: 30 PM Thursday.

The arrested rapist was identified as Pepito Mabitazan aka Pepito Mapintasan, 72 years old. He was the primary suspect for sexually abusing a 9-year-old, female sometimes in 2018 in Baguio City. He was arrested thru manhunt operations conducted by joint personnel of Baguio City Police Office (Police Station 1, 4, and 5); Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) -Baguio; Intelligence Unit of Benguet Police Provincial Office (PPO); Regional Intelligence Division of Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR); Regional Intelligence Unit (RIU)-14 and RIU-1 of PNP-IG; CIDG CFU CAR; and San Carlos City Police Station (CPO) of Pangasinan PPO.

His arrest was made by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Ivan Kim B. Morales of First Judicial Region, Branch 59 (Additional Family Court), Baguio City for statutory rape under criminal case numbers 42020-R, 42021-R and 42022-R with no recommended bail.

Mr. Mabitazan was brought to San Carlos CPS of Pangasinan PPO and Police Station 4, BCPO for proper documentation, prior to his turn-over to the issuing court.

Regional Director of PROCOR, PBGen R’win SA Pagkalinawan said that the continuous arrest of wanted persons made by the PNP clearly illustrates that no one can hide permanently from the long arms of the law. (PROCOR RPIO)