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Cops collar 8-year fugitive

Valenzuela employer who paid pennies to a factory worker tested positive for Covid-19



Wanted for homicide, a fugitive was finally hauled off to jail by policemen after eight years of hiding.

Nabbed in Valenzuela City was Carmelito Cañada Jr., 27, a resident of Paso De Blas in the said city. He was arrested in his house.

Northern Police District (NPD) special operation unit (NPD-DSOU) chief P/Lt. Col. Jay Dinamaandal said Cañada was collared at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday by operatives led by Lt. Melito Pabon.

Cañada was apprehended on the strength of an arrest warrant issued against him by Judge Nancy Rivas Palmores of the Valenzuela Regional Trial Court Branch 172, dating back to 12 October 2012.

A bail of P40,000 was originally set for his temporary liberty. But with his efforts to evade the long arm of the law, said bail may no longer be within his options.

NPD director P/Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. commended the arresting officers who acted on intelligence reports where the suspect has been hiding.

Still in Valenzuela, the employer who paid pennies to a factory worker tested positive for Covid-19, Mayor Rex Gatchalian said.

“Jasper So was tested positive on Covid. Their lawyer sent me the results yesterday as well as MJ, the admin head who was always with him, they are both positive for Covid,” Gatchalian said, revealing the reason why the company did not immediately respond to a closure order.

“Their company is still closed because they have not been able to fully comply. We have given them 14 days, we are not there yet but they still have not been able to comply,” Gatchalian said.

The Valenzuela City government suspended So’s Nexgreen Enterprises after factory worker Russel Mañoza complained he was paid his salary by the company with pennies to spite him. He said other violations had been committed against him the Nexgreen.