Taxi driver held up
Four days after a taxi driver was held up by his passenger in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod Cit,y Saturday, another one was robbed by his passenger in the same barangay Tuesday night.
Joelito Magbanua, 50, of Brgy. Bagtic in Silay City, Negros Occidental and employed by Toby and Deng Lines is the 12th taxi driver to be robbed in Bacolod City since January, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.
Magbanua told the police that his passenger held him up and took his P700 in cash and cellular phone at about 8:15 p.m., at a dark area of the Jesusa Heights Subdivision in Brgy. Estefania.
The suspect asked Magbanua to alight and used his taxi as getaway vehicle and abandoned it 30 minutes later, in an area near the relocation site in Abada Escay, in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City, the police said.
Police Station 4, the Bacolod City Intelligence Branch, and the Special Operations Group conducted a follow-up operation to arrest the hold-upper but failed.
De la Paz said he wants these robbery incidents involving taxi drivers in Bacolod resolved as these had caused him sleepless nights. He said that even when he is lying in bed, he keeps thinking about how to resolve these incidents.
He stressed that no one is trying to sabotage his leadership, and that, the robbery incidents were perpetrated by suspects who are into vices.
De la Paz met with the taxi operators yesterday and was told that some of them have installed emergency blinkers on their vehicles to call attention in cases of emergency.*APN
2 nabbed for
Two men were arrested by Station 10 policemen for alleged illegal operation of small town lottery in Brgy. Felisa, Bacolod City, at about 1:15 p.m. Monday.
The arrested men were identified as Rolando Borromeo, 56, of Zone 6 in Brgy. Handumanan and Junaito Lavarro, 68, of Bangga Totong in Brgy. Felisa by Station 10 chief, Senior Insp. Robert Dejucos yesterday.
Dejucos said the two were arrested while in the act of gathering illegal paraphernalia for STL at Bangga Totong. The arrests of Borromeo and Lavarro were conducted on information from a concerned citizen that they were into illegal STL operations, he said.
Senior Police Officer 4 Angelito De Jose and his companions seized bundles of tally sheets with number combinations, a cellular phone, a ballpen, a tally sheet and P680 in cash from Borromeo during his arrest, the police said.
Meanwhile, bundles of tally sheets, and of betting stubs, a calculator, a ballpen and P270 in cash were recovered from Lavarro, the police also said.
Lavarro’s motorcycle was also confiscated and is now impounded at Police Station 10.
Lavarro and Borromeo are both detained at the Police Station 10 lock-up cell and charges for illegal gambling will be filed against them.*APN
‘Lack of witnesses
The lack of witnesses is causing the delay in the resolution on the killing of Police Officer 3 Rolando Malate of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, City Police Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said yesterday.
De la Paz said they are having a hard time convincing those who saw the shooting of Malate to come out and shed light on the incident, because they are afraid for their safety.
He said they are still optimistic about resolving the killing of Malate despite the lack of witnesses as the slain policeman’s family is very cooperative, especially his wife.
The members of the Task Force Malate, headed by De la Paz, met again this week and discussed the progress of the case.
Malate was gunned down by one of two men riding in tandem on a motorcycle, in the presence of his daughter, on November 24, as he was about to alight from his car at Hernaez and Jovita streets, Bacolod, in front of the Tay Tung High School.
Investigation showed that the suspects could be hired killers, and that, the assassination of Malate may have something to do with his job as an anti-illegal drug operative.
His family reiterated their call for justice as the slain policeman was laid to rest on Sunday.
Meanwhile, De la Paz said they could not establish the link of Malate’s killing to the case of Ryan Vitara, his alleged asset in Brgy. 2, Bacolod on Monday.
The city police director said that while they are entertaining the possibility that Vitara was killed because he was an alleged asset of Malate, they are also not discounting the possibility that the motive for his assassination was a personal grudge.
De la Paz said they are also investigating reports that Vitara was killed over a love triangle, although he did not specify.
Vitara, 23, of Purok Cereza in Brgy. 3, Bacolod was shot in close range by a lone gunman with a 9-milimeter pistol, while he was walking in Purok Sigay at about 10:30 p.m.*APN