Newly formed MASCO
apprehends 2 snatchers
Two snatchers were apprehended yesterday by the newly organized Motorized Anti-Street Crime Operatives of the Bacolod City Police, city police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Ricardo De la Paz, said.
Efren Castillo, 57, of Brgy. 16 was arrested at Gonzaga Street, in the downtown area at about 10:30 a.m. and recovered from him was the 1200 Nokia cell phone of Warlito Gendran, De la Paz said.
Gendran said that he was about to get off a jeepney when Castillo and another suspect grabbed his phone. Since the MASCO was in the vicinity, he asked for help and the team immediately responded, he added.
PO2 Frederick Estanda of the MASCO team said that Castillo is one of the notorious snatchers in the city. Castillo was with another suspect who managed to run away, he added.
Gendran said that he is thankful that the MASCO was in the area. If not for them, he might have lost his life because he was prepared to fight the snatchers, Gendran added.
Meanwhile, an hour later, a minor was arrested for stealing from the Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade fire truck.
Apprehending officers PO2 Noli Fregil and PO2 Inocencio Batisla-ong said that they were roving around Libertad Market when they saw two teenagers come out from the CVFB headquarters carrying a sack.
Fregil said they ran after the teenagers, however, a certain “Erick” was able to escape while a minor was turned over to the Social Development Center.*APN/LTG
A drug peddler was arrested by Police Station 3 operatives at about 12:45 a.m. yesterday at Canlaon Street, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Insp. Jose Mulleta said.
The suspect identified as Stephen Joseph Salgado, 31, of 149 Lopez Jaena Street, Brgy. 31, Bacolod was spotted outside the residence of Jose Antonio Kilayko, a police report said.
Kilayko told the police that he confronted the suspect, but Salgado tried to run but he was able to stop him. Kilayko said he was able to call for police assistance, which resulted in Salgado’s apprehension.
Recovered from Salgado were drug paraphernalia placed in a black case, two disposable lighters, two tooters with residue of suspected shabu, a pair of scissors, and small pieces of plastic, Mulleta said.
Salgado was turned over to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office crime laboratory for immediate examination, he added.
If the suspect is found positive for using shabu, the police will be ready to file a case against Salgado, Mulleta added.
Meanwhile, case investigator PO2 Donnie Garcia said further investigation will be conducted. Salgado is currently detained at the Police Station 3.*LTG
Dads ok allowances
for TMU chief
A resolution requesting the Mayor to consider the possibility of granting representation and travel allowances to Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, as officer-in-charge of the Bacolod Traffic Authority, was passed by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
Authored by Councilor Dindo Ramos, the resolution said Pangue was designated by Mayor Evelio Leonardia as OIC of the BTA on Feb. 2, 2007. He has been performing this function, outside of his regular function as Traffic Management Unit head as an organic member of the Philippine National Police, it said.
The resolution said additional functions as OIC of the BTA entail additional expenses and workload on the part of Pangue, as he is always invited to conferences, meetings and forum to give his insights regarding traffic, and to respond to queries and complaints lodged by various groups and individuals.
As head of one very sensitive department in the city government, Pangue, likewise deserves to be compensated for his job by giving him the mandated representation allowance and travel allowance due to all department heads, it said.
Meanwhile, the SP also passed on first reading Wednesday an ordinance amending Section 4 of City Ordinance 476, Series of 2008, or an ordinance requiring motorcycle riders including tandem riders to wear crash or safety helmet while operating along Bacolod City.
Authored by Councilor Catalino Alisbo, the proposed ordinance provides a fine of P150 and issuance of citation ticket for the first offense, and a fine of P500 and issuance of citation ticket for the second offense.
Violators will be fined P1,000 for the third offense and will be issued citation ticket and be made to undergo seminar of Traffic Rules and Regulation with the Land Transportation Office and the Bacolod Traffic Authority, and their driver’s license will be suspended for 30 days.*CGS