Some politicians may be playing dirty in the name of power.

Five members of a gun-for hire group operating in Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Tarlac, Metro Manila and Cagayan Valley have been nabbed by Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group in separate operations in Northern and Central Luzon.

The group was known to be led by a certain Ricardo Peralta who is the subject of several warrants of arrest for multiple murder, kidnapping, carnapping, highway robbery and brigandage.

Peralta is co-accused with former Gapan Mayor Ernesto Natividad for the murder of Ericson and Ebertson Pascual in a Nueva Ecija cockpit im 2006.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said the Peralta group has been long-listed as a private armed group and has a former name of Red Vigilante group.

Furthermore, Albayalde refused to divulge the details of the politicians said to be using the service of such private armed group but assured that they have intelligence information and monitoring to ensure the arrest of the whole group.

According to him, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption has offered ₱5 million reward for the information leading to the arrest of Peralta.

Meanwhile, in the Southern Part of the country, San Pablo City Police Station has operated against the Alvero Group, led by Christopher Alain Alvero, who was also listed in the drug watchlist of the City Anti-drug Abuse council of San Pablo City as a high-value target.

Apart from Alvero, two still unidentified companions were killed and two identified as Anthony Rosas and Enrico Eric Suasi were arrested.

The country’s top cop reminded they are intensifying operations against these private armed groups to ensure peaceful and orderly elections in May 2019.