Counterfeit bills were recovered from six persons apprehended in Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City and in Brgy. Tabunan in Bago City, Negros Occidental, yesterday afternoon and Thursday night.
Police records yesterday identified those who were arrested as Leonita, 56, and Allan Gustilo, 41, of Purok Sigay, Sitio Magsungay, Brgy Singcang, Ruel Dailig, 36, of Brgy 22, Joemel Tobilan, 24, of Brgy. 36, Ricky Del Prado, 31, of Brgy. 35, Bacolod City, and May Del Prado, 37, of Crossing Bago, Barangay Lag-asan, Bago.
The Gustilo couple were arrested by Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and Bacolod City Police Station 8 men at about 1 p.m. yesterday at their house in Purok Sigay on the strength of a search warrant issued by Municipal Trial Court in Cities Branch 1 Judge Jose Paolo Arriola, CIDG-Negros head, Chief Insp. Cesar Paday-os, said.
Dailig was earlier arrested in a test-buy operation wherein CIDG operatives gave him P3,000 in exchange for 20 pieces of fake P500 bills. After his arrest, Dailig then pointed to the Gustilo couple as his source, Paday-os also said.
A two-month surveillance has been conducted on the three following complaints that they are allegedly involved in the circulation of counterfeit bills, he said.
The raid yielded eleven counterfeit P1,000 bills, 34 fake P500 bills, seven cellular phones, old P2, P5 ABL and P5 series, a suspected fake US$100, a Black pouch with cards and residence certificate, P23,000 in cash and a Ramwind motorcycle, police records showed.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas-Manila Supervising Agent Nestor Arenas, who was with other BSP representatives Reynaldo DL Paday; Rene Mark Fajardo; and Edmundo Leopoldo when the raid was conducted, issued certification for the seized counterfeit bills, Paday-os told the DAILY STAR.
The seized counterfeit money was properly turned over to the members of BSP, Manila, for further examination, while the Gustilos and Dailig are now detained at Police Station 8 and will be facing charges for violation of Article 166 of the Revised Penal Code.
Meanwhile, the Delprados and Tobilan were apprehended by the tanods of Brgy. Tabunan and were endorsed to the 4th Maneuver Platoon of the Negros Occidental Provincial Public Safety Company following a complaint by Oliva Relota, 75, a widow and store owner of Purok Kabatuhan in Barangay Tabunan, Bago, at about 7 p.m. Thursday, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome said yesterday.
Relota claimed that the three bought five kilos of rice from her variety store earlier using a P1,000 bill. She, however, learned later that the bill was fake, Santotome also said.
The Delprados boarded Tobilan’s tricycle and attempted to escape but were stopped by bystanders and the tanods. Six fake P1,000 bills, a cellular phone and P835 in cash were seized from the three during their arrest while Tobilan’s motorcycle was also impounded at the Bago City police.
Santotome disclosed that further investigation showed that the Del Prados are allegedly involved in duping store owners in Barangays Napoles, Caridad and Pacol in the city using counterfeit bills in their transactions.*APN