5,000 firearm holders
fail to renew licenses
About 5,000 gun owners in Bacolod City have failed to renew their expired licenses as of January this year, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.
De la Paz was informed of this by Senior Police Officer 4 Jose Pahayupan, of the Firearms Explosives Security and Guards Section.
He said they will send notices to the gun holders with expired licenses, so they could immediately process the renewal of their permits. Possessing firearms with expired licenses is illegal, and could subject them to confiscations and raids, he said.
“They should go to the FESAGS and renew their licenses as soon as possible,” De la Paz said.
He said it is part of his thrust, as the new city police director, to account for loose and unlicensed firearms as they are often used in committing crimes.*APN
A man wanted for illegal gambling was arrested by Station 2 policemen at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, while attending a hearing for a drug case filed against him at the Bacolod City Hall of Justice.
Station 2 commander, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, yesterday identified the arrested suspect as Russel Montebon of Purok Dos in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod.
Polines said Montebon was arrested by Police Officer 1 Anvir Fritz Pigar and Police Officer 3 Nestor Mioten by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 5 Judge Remegio Rojo, who set his bail at P10,000.
He said Montebon was arrested in November last year, along with several other men when the policemen of Station 2 saw them playing an illegal cards game called “tong-its”.
Polines added that when the policemen were confiscating the cards, they also recovered drug paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, a man arrested for robbery, illegal possession of firearm and illegal drugs by Station 3 policemen was served another warrant of arrest for robbery, while he was attending a hearing at the city’s hall of justice at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Station 3 chief, Insp. Jose Mulleta, yesterday identified the suspect as Ruwel dela Cruz, 24, of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.
Mulleta said the arrest warrant of dela Cruz was issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 53 Judge Pepito Gellada.*APN
Brigade chief promoted
Brig. Gen. Maximo Caro, a former commanding officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, was promoted to brigadier general in the Armed Forces of the Philippines recently.
Military records show that the promotion of Caro, who was installed late last year as commandant of the Philippine Military Academy Corps of Cadets, was approved recently by President Benigno Aquino III.
Caro served as commanding officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade for almost two years. He was replaced by Col. Jonas Sumagaysay.
Military records also showed that Caro was the first member of the PMA Class 1982 promoted to brigadier general. Other members of PMA Class ‘82 assigned in Negros are Col. Manuel Ochotorena, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, and Col. Francisco Patrimonio, deputy of Sumagaysay.
Maj. Gen. Josue Gaverza, who also served as 303rd IB commander, is now the commanding general of the 9th Infantry Division in Bicol region.*GPB