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Police collar two robbers

Two suspected robbers were arrested by stations 2 and 8 policemen in barangays 2 and Singcang-Airport, Bacolod City Monday.

Police records yesterday identified those as Symon Casiple. 20, of Purok 6 in Sitio Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang Airport and Julius Franco, “alias Jojo” of Purok Lampirong, in Brgy.2

Franco was arrested at his residence by Station 2 policemen at about 8:50 p.m. Monday on the complaints of his neighbor Hyna Aguado, 31.

Aguado had earlier claimed that Franco destroyed the padlock of her main door and entered her residence at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. She added that Franco took three cooking pots valued at P6,000 and a hammer.

Casiple, meanwhile, was arrested at about 11 p.m. Monday when he allegedly held-up a minor in Sitio Magsungay.

The minor, whose name is being withheld by the DAILY STAR, said that the suspect held her up at knifepoint and forcibly took her cellular phone with undetermined market value and fled.

Police Officer 3 Jedo Dungog of Police Station 8 recovered the cellular phone of the victim and a stainless knife from Casiple when he was arrested.

Franco is now detained at Police Station 2 while Casiple is now in the custody of Police Station 8. The two suspects will be facing robbery charges.*APN

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campaign intensified

The Negros Oriental Drug Abuse Prevention Council will  come up with a comprehensive work plan this month along with the reactivation of local anti-drug abuse councils as part of an intensified anti-drug campaign in the province, a Philippine Information Agency press release said.

 Action officer Fernando Martinez  of the NORDAPC urged local government units to make  their respective anti-drug abuse councils become functional, and be more aggressive in enforcing the law.

 With the Department of Interior and Local Government, NORDAPC continues to visit the municipalities and cities to conduct series of drug information drives, the press release said.

 Also along with the Philippine National Police,  priorities this year  include  the  strengthened coordination  between the  LGUs and barangay anti-drug councils for a strong intelligence network.

 Meantime,  Sr. Supt Rey Lyndon Lawas, Negros Oriental police director,   challenged his men to wage war on drug traffickers and improve investigation and enforcement procedures to ensure the conviction of suspects, the press release said.

 With that, about 50 police investigators are undergoing trainings on how to prepare effective affidavits to eliminate the number of drug cases dismissed due to mere technicalities, Lawas said.

 While some police personnel are reportedly being monitored by authorities over illegal drugs, over 60 policemen underwent a surprise drug test last February, after the recent arrest of a police officer believed to be involved in the illegal drugs trade, the press release added.*

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