Rape suspect nabbed
Policemen arrested a 21-year-old resident of Sitio Suso, Barangay Nabulao, in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental, for alleged rape, Wednesday, a Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office press release said yesterday.
Arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Henry Arles of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61-Kabankalan City was Joel Tejada, single, of Sipalay City.
No bail was recommended for the suspect's temporary liberty. He is presently detained at the lock-up cell of the Sipalay police station after his arrest by a team of policemen led by Police Officer 1 Salvador Limos, the press release said.
Meanwhile, NOPPO director, Senior Supt. Manuel Felix, reminded all police units to intensify their operation against civilians wearing police and military uniforms.
This is part of the intensified campaign against street criminals wearing uniforms of government agents when they commit crimes, the press release said.
Chief Insp. Rico Santotome Jr., of NOPPO, said the use of manufactured shirts, jackets and other garments with "PNP" or "POLICE" markings by unauthorized civilians is prohibited.
He added that under the law, offenders will be held liable for violation of articles 177 (Usurpation of Authority or Official Functions) and 179 (Illegal Use of Uniforms or Insignia) of the Revised Penal Code that imposes imprisonment terms to those convicted, the press release said.
Felix also reminded all policemen to strictly observe PNP regulations on the proper wearing of police uniform, in line with the PNP's Letter of Instructions "Tamang Bihis".
The reminder was made in the wake of recent reports of crime incidents, mostly robbery and theft, involving suspects wearing police and military uniforms in Metro Manila and some parts of the country, the press release added.*
2 cattle rustlers
A team from the Kabankalan City police station led by Senior Police Officer 1 Rene Tuzon apprehended two suspected cattle rustlers at a transloading station in Sitio Buri, Barangay 2, Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, Wednesday morning, a provincial police press release said.
City police chief, Supt. Calixto Mabugat, identified the suspects as Joeynie Peduhan, 26, of Sitio Overflow, Barangay Hilamunan, and Jigger Villegas, 18, of Sitio Balicaocao in Barangay Orong, all in Kabankalan.
They were nabbed in the act of loading four stolen goats in their tricycle, based on a tip from a concerned citizen, the press release said.
Also recovered from the possession of the suspects were one homemade .38 caliber revolver without serial number, and six live ammunition for the gun.
Both are presently detained at Kabankalan City PNP pending the filing of charges for violation of the Anti-Cattle Rustling Law and Republic Act 8294, for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives in court.
Senior Supt. Manuel Felix, NOPPO director, commended the arresting officers for their timely response that led to the arrest of the two suspects and the recovery of the stolen livestock animals, the press release added.*
Raps filed in
murder of guard
Murder charges have been filed against one of the suspects in the killing of the civilian guard of the Gaisano City Mall, at Araneta Street, in Bacolod City, last week, case investigator PO2 Noel Vergara of Police Station 8 yesterday said.
The victim, Ely Paragsa Jr., of the Ivanjo Security Agency, was a resident of Purok Boulevard, Brgy. 10, Bacolod.
He succumbed to a lone gunshot wound in the right chest at about 1:30 a.m. on April 25, while being treated at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Vergara said that they filed the charges Wednesday against the suspect, whose name they withheld.
He said that the suspect remains at large but they already tried to look for him in his last known addresses in barangays Mansilingan and 39 in Bacolod, and at Leganes District in Iloilo.
Though the suspect was not arrested yet, Vergara said that the case is about 70 percent solved.
Once the suspect is apprehended, more witnesses will come out to shed light on the shooting, Vergara said.
He added that the suspect’s companion was still not identified.
A witness, who executed an affidavit last week, said that Paragsa told him to tail a suspected thief at the mall before the shooting.
The witness, who requested anonymity, said that at about 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, while he and Paragsa were on their way home, he heard a single gunshot and then saw the victim lying on the ground.
The gunman then escaped on board a motorcycle along with his cohort towards the south, the witness said.
The witness positively identified the suspect from the Police Precinct 1 Rogues’ Gallery.*APN