Joint PC-NBI-Imus police force kills long wanted man in Cavite
The Mania Times/ October 11, 1971
Leonardo Manecio, alias Nardong Putik, 47, considererd by the PC as Cavite Public Enemy No. 1 with a php20,000 price on his head, was killed by a joint PC-NBI-Imus police force at 7:40 a.m. yesterday between Panamitan and Talon, Kawit,
Manecio was alone in his red Impala car (Chevrolet) with plate No. 81-31 Cavite ’71 when fired upon by some 20 NBI agents, several PC soldiers and policemen. He was armed with a .38 cal. Magnum revolver.
Lt. Col. Miguel Gantuangco, Cavite PC commander, and NBI Director Jolly Bugarin, said Manecio did not heed the signal given by NBI agents for him to stop his car, prompting the agents to fire at him.
NBI sources said Manecio was alone in his car but there were some 10 persons, believed to be his companions aboard a passenger jeepney which sped away before Manecio was cornered by the operatives.
Manecio’s face and arms were mutilated almost beyond recognition.
Gantuangco said all efforts and negotiations made to persuade Manecio to give up peacefully had failed. “I even sought the assistance of Bishop Vicedo of
Bugarin said the killing of Manecio was the result of 72-hour operation. For the past 72 hours prior to Manecio’s slaying, PC and NBI agents had been tailing the elusive bandit chieftain. Last Saturday night, Manecio’s hideout in Noveleta was pinpointed. A plan was mapped out at 3 a.m. yesterday to capture him. At 4 a.m., troopers from the 233rd PC Company led by Capt. Manuel Bruan posted themselves in ambush position along the possible routes to be taken by Manecio in going to Alapan, Imus.
As planned, the first group of PC men placed themselves along Panamitan (Kawit), followed by another group of NBI agents, then another group of PC men, with the Imus policemen guarding the Kawit-Imus boundary. When Manecio’s car passed by Panamitan, a signal was given to the NBI agents who were then already on the alert. They signaled Manecio to stop but he ignored them and they opened fire.
Manecio’s car, with his bullet-riddled body, was towed by a PC armored car to the NBI headquarters in
Manecio’s career started in the early 1950s when he participated in the Maragondon massacre where the mayor, police chief, and several policemen were killed with hunting knives. He was jailed as one of the suspects. Manecio escaped. Then his group encountered the group of Lt. Col. Laureano Marana, then Cavite PC commander. Marana and his men were killed on Election Day of 1957. Because of that incident, the biggest military operations in
Ramon Revilla, Sr. made two versions of Nardong Putik, the first one in 1972, his comeback movie and in 1984. Both were certified hits during its theater runs.