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Duterte: Some police revive Kuratong Baleleng

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Some police officers in Zamboanga del Sur are reviving the organized crime group “Kuratong Baleleng,” President Rodrigo Duterte claimed Monday.

Without elaborating, the President cited unnamed policemen in Mindanao who are allegedly strengthening the syndicate group that gained notoriety in the 1990s.

“Ngayon, itong mga pulis, kayong mga pulis, p**. May mga pulis diyan sa Zamboanga del Sur na nagtatayo ng parang reviving itong gang ni — humahawak sa Ozamiz. Kuratong Baleleng,” he said in a televised speech.

Duterte dared the said policemen to “shape up,” saying they do not stand a chance against the government.

“Better shape up … Gusto mamatay nang maaga. Hindi niyo kaya ang gobyerno. Patayin mo man si Año, patayin mo ako, patayin mo si ano, Lorenzana, buhay pa rin ang Republika ng Pilipinas,” he said.

Based in Misamis Occidental, Kuratong Baleleng was established in 1986 to guard the province against communist guerillas.

The group’s first leader, chosen directly by the military, was Octavio “Ongkoy” Parojinog, who came from an influential Mindanao family. Parojinog was later killed by Philippine soldiers who came to arrest him for a case of illegal possession of explosives.

After the group disbanded in 1988, some members continued to operate as an organized crime syndicate involved in kidnapping, robberies, and drug trafficking activities.

Some members allegedly built other crime groups to different parts of Mindanao as well as parts of Cebu City and Metro Manila.

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