3 men facing charges
for jai-alai operations
Illegal gambling charges were filed against three men yesterday and Wednesday before the City Prosecutor’s Office, after they were caught by the Bacolod City Police Office Vice Control Section and Police Station 6 in jai-alai operations in Barangays Bata, Sum-ag and 28.
Charged were Roland Bedia, 29, of Purok Katlingban in Brgy. Bata; Romeo Lacson, 53, of Purok KBS in Brgy. Sum-ag; and Venus June Coscoluela of Brgy. 28, all in Bacolod City.
VCS team leader Senior Police Officer 1 Dante Victor Escorpion said Bedia was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Purok Katilingban and seized were several stubs with number combinations, tipsters with the codenames “NBA Sports and Speed”, two calculators and P110 in money bet from him.
Station 6 commander, Chief Insp. Placido Gentoleo, said Coscolluela was apprehended at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, while allegedly collecting money bets at Lopez Jaena Street, Bacolod.
Gentoleo said they recovered several jai-alai paraphernalia from Coscolluela during his arrest.
Escoprion reported the arrest of Lacson at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, also for collecting bets for jai-alai at Crossing Punta Taytay in Brgy. Sum-ag, and police confiscated tipsters with the codenames “Deo Grande” and “NBA Sports”, a ballpen and P60 in bet money.*APN
Cops step up
road safety drive
The Philippine National Police in Bago City, Negros Occidental, has stepped up its drive against erring drivers in relation to Republic Act 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code.
The provisions of the law are being implemented by local police officers led by Chief Insp. Rico Santotome Jr. in the city, where 17 deaths were recorded last year, a press release from the Bago PNP said.
The police will make Bago City highways safe and commuter-friendly, as they will further campaign on road safety measures on streets and on the national highway to prevent or at least minimize loss of lives and limb, the police said.
This week, 53 erring drivers were apprehended in two checkpoint operations, mostly for overloading and for violating the Helmet Law, in barangays Lag-asan and Sampinit.
Eight motor vehicles were impounded for violating the "No Plate, No Travel" policy of the PNP, according to Supt. Melchor Coronel, city police chief.*