2 men wanted for rape,
Two men wanted for homicide and rape charges were arrested by the police in Bacolod and Bago cities, in Negros Occidental, Sunday.
The police yesterday identified those arrested as Pablito Jimenez, 29, of Purok Masanag 1 in Brgy. 26, Bacolod City, and Rodrigo Candido, 50, of Purok Tisa in Brgy Mailum, Bago City.
Police Officer 2 Joshua Barile of RIU-6, one of the apprehending officers, said Jimenez was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 46 Judge George Patriarca, who set his bail at P40,000, at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday at his residence.
Barile said that Jimenez tried to evade but they arrested him while he was hiding in his house. He said that they had been trying to arrest Jimenez after receiving information on his whereabouts thrice, but he had been elusive.
Initial investigation showed that Jimenez, his elder brother, and two other companions, whose names the police withheld, were charged with homicide after they ganged up and killed another man near the Sylvia Manor Hotel in 2009.
Barile said that, after the killing, the Jimenezes and their companions went into hiding.
Bago City police commander, Chief Insp. Simeon Gane, reported the arrest of Candido at about 11 a.m. Sunday at his residence by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Bago City Regional Trial Court Judge Branch 62 Frances Guanzon, who denied him bail.
Initial investigation showed that the suspect allegedly raped the 12-year-old child of his stepdaughter, and it was discovered by the victim’s grandmother, Gane said.*APN
bladed weapons, gun
Bladed weapons and a gun were recovered by Station 6 policemen from three persons they arrested during a saturation drive in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City, at about 2:10 a.m. yesterday.
Station 6 commander, Chief Insp. Placido Gentoleo, identified those arrested as Laster Solivar, 26, John Kenneth Gonzales, 18, and Ronnie Tameses, 23, of Purok Masagan in Brgy. Taculing.
Gentoleo said policemen were deployed to Purok Masagana based on a report from a concerned citizen that a gang war occurred in the area.
An improvised shotgun, locally known as “sulpak”, loaded with ammunition was recovered from Solivar during their arrest, while a 9-inch and an 11-inch bladed weapons were recovered from Gonzales and Tamases, respectively, police records showed.
Gentoleo said the three, and the minor they arrested in Brgy. Taculing last week for making a sulpak, belong to the same group and are responsible for the occurrences of gang wars in Brgy. Taculing, and nearby areas.
He added that they are now conducting background investigation on the two, to check if they have other cases pending in court.
The three are now detained at Police Station 6 and charges for illegal possession of firearms and concealment of bladed weapons will be filed against them.*APN
5 nabbed for drugs
Five suspects were arrested Sunday and Monday by the police in the cities of Bacolod and Silay, Negros Occidental, for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Senior Insp. Lester Leada yesterday said the arrest of Angibb Conde, 23, and Frederick Estebanes, 20, in Brgys. 2 and 3, Bacolod City, respectively, yielded dried marijuana leaves and a sachet of suspected shabu.
Supt. Rosauro Francisco also reported the arrest of three suspects allegedly engaged in a “pot session” on Sunday in Brgy. 3, Silay City.
Francisco, Silay police chief, said the arrest of Joebert Gabasan and Ruffy Ledesma, both 20 years old and residents of Brgy. Dos Hermanas, Talisay City, as well as Eduardo Molegro, 21, of Brgy. Talaban, Himamaylan City, yielded two sticks of marijuana cigarets.
He said the three suspects were caught while in the act of having a marijuana pot session behind the Silay North Elementary School building, while the city charter anniversary was being celebrated.
Leada said Estebañes was intercepted in front of the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Brgy. 3, Bacolod City, for possessing dried marijuana leaves.
While fleeing from pursuing lawmen, Estebanes stumbled, causing an injury to his chin. He was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Hospital, before being placed behind bars at Station 2 headquarters, police records showed.
Leada also said Conde was intercepted by patrolling policemen in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2, Bacolod City.
A plastic sachet of suspected shabu was recovered from Conde during his arrest.
Meanwhile, a bet solicitor of illegal gambling outfit codenamed “Capricorn”, was also arrested by policemen in Brgy. Dulao, Bago City, Sunday.
Chief Insp. Simeon Gane, Bago police chief, said the arrest of Monica Gabriel, 50, yielded P81 in alleged cash bets and assorted illegal gambling paraphernalia.*GPB/APN