Carnap suspect’s partner
files charges against police
The common-law wife of the man tagged by the police as a carnapping suspect, filed a complaint Tuesday against the Station 7 policemen present at the shootout Monday at Villa Angela Site, Brgy. Vista Alegre in Bacolod City.
Susanie Ann Cordova, 34, of Brgy. 37 in Bacolod, said in her blotter entry filed at about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, that Police Officer 2 Jeffrey Solas and his fellow policeman, all of Station 7, shot her common-law husband, Armando Celis, 30, twice on his right knee.
Cordova said at an interview with DYEZ Aksyon Radyo that Celis, who is confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, is not a carnapper and that if the police, who outnumbered Celis and his two companions, really intended to arrest them, they could have done so without firing their guns.
Station 7 chief, Senior Insp. Jose Mulleta, meanwhile, told the DAILY STAR that he and his men are ready to face the complaint.
Celis and his two companions, Jonel Pineda, 22, of Brgy. 31, Bacolod and a certain alias “Beboy”, of Silay City in Negros Occidental, who were riding a motorcycle, were flagged down by the police at about 8:10 p.m. Monday, but instead of stopping, one of them drew and fired a gun, prompting the police to shoot back, police records showed.
Some of the alleged carnapped motorcycles and their sidecars, that were positively identified by their respective owners, were recovered by the police at the Villa Angela Site that residents claimed, is the area where the suspects dismantled their loot.
PO3 Jomarie Lachica of the Silay City Police told the DAILY STAR that carnapping charges were filed yesterday against Celis and Pineda, before the Prosecutor’s Office in Silay.
Mulleta said Celis was also charged Tuesday for direct assault and illegal possession of firearm, while charges for direct assault were filed against Pineda and alias “Beboy” on Tuesday, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office.*SGG
6 nabbed in Bacolod
Six persons were nabbed in a pot session by operatives of the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, during a buy-bust operation at a house in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2 in Bacolod City, at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Senior Insp. Neil Exaltado, CAIDSOTG head, identified those arrested as Marlyn Abanggo, 37, of Brgy. 2, Rodel Barrientos, 37, of Brgy. Handumanan, Michelle Regula, 29, of Brgy. 12, all in Bacolod, Babylin Leonor, 40, of Brgy. Lantad, Silay City, Michael Telequido, 21, and Rommel Porras, 35, both of Talisay City, all in Negros Occidental.
Exaltado said the buy-bust operation was conducted in Purok Sigay but the suspect, James Patrick de Asis, who had previously been under their surveillance, evaded arrest when he sensed that the person he had handed the elongated heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu, in exchanged for P300, was a police poseur-buyer.
De Asis threw the marked money on the ground and escaped through a back window in his house, Exaltado said.
But they apprehended Abanggo, Barrientos, Regula, Leonor, Feleguido and Porras who were caught sniffing suspected shabu with the use of two improvised tooter and three disposable lighters, at a bamboo bench in an adjacent house, Exaltado said.
He said illegal drugs paraphernalia and another small heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu were also recovered from them.
When the police entered the house of de Asis, they also found a .45 caliber pistol with serial number 772631, a magazine containing six live ammunition, three other elongated heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu, an improvised tooter, two plastic straws, a pair of scissors, a bamboo clip, several empty plastic sachets, a blue box, and three cellular phones on top of a table, police records showed.
Barangay 2 captain Emelda Banguanga and Kagawad Noe Romero Sr., witnessed the operations.
Exaltado said the 0.184 grams of suspected shabu tested positive in a test conducted by the Provincial Crime Laboratory.
Barrientos, Porras, Regula, Telequido and Abanggo also tested positive for illegal drugs use, while Leonor tested negative, police records showed.
De Asis was charged yesterday for violation of sections 5, 11, and 12 of the Republic Act 9165, for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, while charges for violation of sections 11, 12, and 15 of R.A. 9165 were filed against the six other suspects, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, Exaltado added.*SGG