High school student shot
A third year high school student was shot in the head by his schoolmate at their campus in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City at about 1:45 p.m. Thursday and is now in serious condition.
The victim, whose identity the police has withheld, will undergo an operation today at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Insp. Jovy Cabcaban of the Women’s and Children’s Complaints Desk said.
A witness told the police that the victim was on his way to his class when the suspect, whose name is being withheld for being a minor, came with an unidentified adult companion.
The witness added that the adult companion suddenly boxed the victim and when he tried to retaliate, the suspect took out an improvised shotgun, or sulpak, and shot him on the head.
The suspect, 17, a second year high school student, and his companion immediately fled, leaving behind the knapsack where the firearm and a bladed weapon were placed, Cabcaban said.
The security guard told the police that he did not see the gun and the bladed weapon of the suspect and his adult companion when they entered the campus, she also said.
Cabcaban added that they are still trying to establish the motive for the shooting.
Operatives of WCCD and Police Station 8 have gone to the suspect’s residence but he was not there. His family, however, assured the police that they will surrender him once he comes home.
Charges for frustrated homicide or frustrated murder will be filed against the suspect.*APN
suspects out on bail
The seven suspects arrested in the raid at a suspected illegal gambling den on Wednesday in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, were released from jail Thursday, after posting bail of P5,000 each, although the case has not yet been filed, Chief Inspector Gabriel Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez, Sagay police chief, said the suspects who were later released from jail, on orders of Judge Reginald Fuentebella, were identified as couple Nery and Jocelyn Barbas, Rolando Managuit, Alberto Caspe, Francisco Porsuelo, Winston de Asis and Irene Barbas.
The raid on the house of the Barbas couple in Brgy. Paraiso, Sagay City, by the Sagay police was done by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Fuentebella. It also resulted in the recovery of assorted illegal gambling paraphernalia of the Meredien Vista Gaming Corp. two cellular phones, and P1,530 in alleged cash bets.
Gutierrez said the house of the Barbas couple was used as a betting station by the illegal gambling outfit.
After a day at the Sagay police jail, the seven applied for bail that was granted by the court, he added.
Gutierrez said charges for violation of RA 9287, or the amended anti-illegal gambling law, are being prepared for filing against the suspects.
Another suspect identified as Joemarie Rojas was arrested in Sitio Berano, Brgy. Lantad in Silay City, also for violation of RA 9287.
Supt. Rosauro Francisco, Silay police chief, said Rojas, 43, was caught in the act of soliciting bets for the Small Town Lottery, without proper documentation or authority to do so.
Alleged cash bets of P90 was also recovered from Rojas.
A team of policemen led by PO3 Jay Rebadomia, meanwhile, also arrested a certain Eduardo Ferraris Jr, alias Nonoy, Wednesday in Brgy. Guinhalaran, Silay City, for violation of RA 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Francisco said the arrest of Ferraris yielded three sachets of suspected shabu, a Nokia cellular phone, P10,415 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of prohibited drugs, and P50 is marked money.*GPB
2 alleged snatchers
beat police in chase
A 20-minute chase ensued at Lacson Street in Bacolod City Thursday night by members of the Special Operations Group after two suspected snatchers riding in tandem on a motorcycle, who are being linked to the death of a nursing graduate at 17th Street last month.
The police lost their quarry, however.
SOG head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, said they were conducting a patrol operation in front of the Capitol lagoon at about 11:30 p.m. when they spotted the two.
Rapiz said that when the two noticed the policemen tailing them, the driver of the motorcycle went faster and turned left to Burgos Street.
He said the two then abandoned the black Honda Wave motorcycle with plate number 2889FU, and ran towards the nearby squatters’ area, and could no longer be found.
Rapiz told the DAILY STAR that the two men, who were wearing black jackets and helmets, could be the same men who attempted to snatch the bag of Riem Love Villaflor Anquillano, 22, of Escalante City, Negros Occidental, and a temporary resident of 17th Street last month.
Anquillano was on her way home when two men riding in on a motorcycle attempted to snatch her bag, causing her to fall on the pavement and hit her head. She died five days later at the Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, police records showed.
The same suspects are also eyed in the robbery of school teacher Ana Mahalia Brillantes in Brgy. Pahanocoy and Marden Lava in Brgy. Estefania Saturday.
Rapiz stressed that their campaign against snatchers and robbers riding in tandem on a motorcycle will be continuous now that midnight masses are starting next week.*APN