Car burglars strike
Suspected car burglars successively hit two parked vehicles,one at 15-Aguinaldo and another at 12th-Lacson streets in Bacolod City Wednesday, and took about P70,000 worth of property, Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada, said yesterday.
Aidene Chris Ortega, 18, of Villa Angela Subdivision, Bacolod told the police that she had discovered that burglars had smashed the windshield at the passenger side of her Mitsubishi Lancer vehicle that was parked at 15th-Aguinaldo Streets, behind the L’Fisher Hotel, about 1:30 p.m.
Ortega said the suspects took her belongings and those of her schoolmates Emmanuel Panela, 20, of Brgy. Sum-ag; Jan Henry Chua, 18 of Luzuriaga Street, Monica Ison, 16, of Ramylu Village; and Rebecca Vilchez, 16, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport, all in Bacolod.
The burglars took Ortega’s bag that contained her notebooks, Panela’s bag that contained a cellular phone valued at P3,999, and headset, and Chua’s bag that contained notebooks and P150 in cash, police records showed.
The burglars also took Ison’s bag that contained her notebooks and cellular phone valued at P4,500 and Vilchez’s bag valued at P4,500 andcontained her clothes, notebooks and P7,500 in cash, police records also showed.
Two hours later bank teller Jeffrey Andaya, 23, of Kahirup Village in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, also reported that burglars smashed the window at the passenger side of his Isuzu D-max vehicle that was parked beside a restaurant at 12th-Lacson Streets.
Andaya saidthe burglars took his bag that contained his laptop valued at P40,000, his bag valued at P5,000, running shoes valued at P4,000 and a pair of slippers valued at P1,000.
Leada said they are eyeing the five “bukas-kotse” members who were apprehended last year but had been able to post bail, as possible suspects in the car burglaries.
He said that, aside from them, they are also eyeing another car burglar, whose name he withheld, as a possible suspect in the incidents.*APN
3 nabbed for loose guns
Two brothers and their companion were apprehended for alleged illegal gun possession at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday in Brgy. 2, Bacolod City.
Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada, identified those apprehended as John Mark de la Paz, “alias JM”, 18, Anthony Cuadra, “alias Tony”, 20, and his younger brother Arnold Cuadra, 18, “alias Aque/Aki”, 19, all of Bangga BM in Brgy. Taculing.
Leada said a concerned citizen had tipped them that the suspects were roaming at 21st Street and were carrying firearms. He added that the suspects fled toward Purok Sigay when they saw the policemen coming.
Leada said the suspects were arrested when Police Officers 2 Benjamin Jamora and Christopher Profeta, Police Officers 1 Jermin Belaong, Dennis Finh, Jericho Candiasan, Junjun Flores, John Ray Carino and Jethro dela China searched the houses in Purok 2.
Three pen guns, locally known as sulpak, a live ammunition for a .38 caliberrevolver and two live ammunition for a .22 caliber revolver were seized from the suspects during their arrest, police records showed.
Meanwhile, a benefit dance reveler was arrested by Station 2 policemen for allegedly carrying a bladed weapon and a suspected marijuana cigaret at about 2:45 a.m. yesterday.
Station 3 chief, Insp. Jose Mulleta, identified the one arrested as Jeyson Decena, “alias Fax”, 19, of Purok Lawayan in Brgy. Banago.
Mulleta said they recovered an ice pick and a stick of suspected marijuana cigaret from Decena during his arrest.*APN
Victims of extortion by the New People’s Army have joined government agencies in efforts to prevent the rebel group from further terrorizing those who refuse to pay revolutionary taxes to them, Army Col. Francisco Patrimonio said.
Patrimonio also confirmed that extortion letters are being sent by the NPA to hacienda owners and sugar planters, and some of them were forced to pay, for their “survival and security”, which, he said, is “understandable”.
Patrimonio, however, reiterated his appeal to the victims to report such incidents to them, so they can take immediate action.
He ordered the commanders of military units in Negros Occidental to keep up the pressure against those responsible for the atrocities in EB Magalona and neighboring areas, among them the burning of three farm tractors.
The Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade and the Philippine National Police made some adjustments in their units in northern Negros, following the series of gunbattles and atrocities allegedly committed by the NPA.
Lt. Col. Eduardo Gubat, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said combat operations against the armed NPA fighters in northern Negros are still underway, and that they are also actively involved in community outreach activities, and insurgency awareness symposia in EB Magalona.
Forty police troopers assigned at the Negros Occidental PNP Public Safety Company, are also undergoing training on military tactics, supervised by the 303rd Infantry Brigade.
This was after Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, police director of Western Visayas, ordered an aggressive campaign against the NPA, utilizing troopers of the 6th Regional Public Safety Battalion and the NOPPO maneuver platoon units.
For several years, the hinterlands of EB Magalona had been a security vacuum and had been taken advantage of by communist rebels, who reportedly use it, either as staging or harboring area for their tactical operations.
Army soldiers are now stationed in the hinterlands of EB Magalona.*GPB