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5 nabbed for jai-alai

More suspected collectors of jai-alai bets were apprehended in Barangays 35 and 36 and at Lacson Street, Bacolod City, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,

Police records yesterday identified those arrested as Jerry Mayordomo, 29, of Purok Sprite in Brgy. 7, Gabriel Villaflor, 34, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Rebecca Escalona, 38, and Carla Alcala, 32, of Purok Malipayon in Brgy. 35 and Armando Jarabelo, 51, of Purok Kabugwason in Brgy. Mansilingan.

Mayordomo and Villaflor were apprehended by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office Public Safety Company Saturday morning at the junction of Araneta and Quezon Avenue in Brgy. 36, while allegedly collecting bets for jai alai.

Senior Police Officer 1 Rommel Bacule, Police Officers 3 Romulo Tolentino and Erwin Villanueva seized several tally sheets, a tipster with the codename “Zebra” and P91 in bet money from them during their arrest.

The BCPO Vice Control Section led by Senior Police Officer 1 Dante Victor Escorpion also reported the arrest of Jarabelo at about 4 p.m. at Lacson street where several tipsters with the codenames “NBA Sports and Speed”, a ball pen, betting stubs, and P60 in bet money were recovered from him.

Station 1 intelligence operative Police Officer 2 Joshua Barile said that he and Police Officer 2 Johnny dela Pena and Police Officer 1 Rolly Jardinico apprehended Escalona at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and Alacala at about 4 p.m. on the same day in Brgy. 35.

Tipsters with the codenames “Bulls Eye”, “Speed”  and “Detect”, betting stubs and  a ball pen were recovered from Escalona and Alcala when they were arrested.*APN

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AFSS tackled with mayor

Bacolod City Fire Station personnel spearheaded by Fire Marshal, C/Insp. Pamela Rojane Candido, rendered a New Year’s courtesy call on Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, and Councilor Elmer Sy, chairman of the Committee on Fire and Disaster, at the Government Center, recently, a press release from BCFS said.

They discussed the Automatic Fire Suppression System, currently on status quo, awaiting the Recommendation from Interior and Local Government Secretary Jessie Robredo.

Some recommendations given include the two-year moratorium on AFSS to all existing buildings. The rest may continue with the processing of their business permits in the one-stop shop at the Government Center which started Monday, the press release said.

Leonardia asked the BCFS to intensify its fire safety inspection especially in all boarding houses and dormitories in Bacolod City. He emphasized that BFP should see to it that function rooms, movie houses and other public places of assembly must have  swing-out doors to avoid fire incidents, the press release said.

The mayor had requested from Robredo one unit firetruck and looks forward to activate additional fire sub-station in the northern part of Bacolod City, to augment the firefighting operations of BCFS, the press release said.

Insps. Publio Ploteña, Jenny Mae Masip, and Jovelyn Zamar, and sub-station supervisors, were present during the courtesy call, the press release added.*

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Guard injured in mishap

A security guard was injured when his motorcycle collided with a van at the junction of Lacson Extension and V.L. Yap Street in Bacolod City Saturday.

Traffic investigator Police Officer 2 Sherwin Bantigue identified the injured guard yesterday as Johnazer Monterde, 33, of Purok Katilingban in Brgy. Alijis, Bacolod, who was rushed to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center with multiple injuries.

Bantigue’s initial investigation showed that Monterde was heading east of V.L. Yap Street on board a Honda Bravo motorcycle with plate number 818FR when he collided with a gray Isuzu Sportivo with plate number FGD885 that was heading north of Lacson Street.

The driver of the Isuzu Sportivo, identified as Romeo Bustamente, Jr., 34, of Ayala Platation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental was unhurt but his vehicle sustained damages on its front, Bantigue told the DAILY STAR.

The Isuzu Sportivo is now impounded at the Bacolod City Police Office Headquarters. The BCPO traffic management unit is reminding the motorists once again to be extra careful and to always wear crash helmets.*APN

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