4 robbed of P200,000 in cash,
valuables in Kabankalan: cop
Police probers are still in limbo as to the identities of the suspects in the series of robbery-hold-up incidents during the weekend in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, where four victims lost more than P200,000 in cash and valuables, police records show.
Two unidentified suspects ransacked the house of church worker Marilou Calambro, 49, at Zayco Street in Brgy. 1 poblacion, Kabankalan City, on Dec. 8, and stole a pair of earrings and a ring worth P10,000.
A day earlier, two suspects also entered the rented house of Michael Remolleno, 26, and Aldrin Coba, 25, also in Kabankalan City, and took P33,750 in cash, and valuables worth P60,000, that included a Neo laptop, Star mobile tablet, Samsung Corby cellular phone, and two Nokia cellular phones.
On the same day, two men also ransacked the house of Judith Mirasol in Brgy. Hilamonan, Kabankalan City, and took P29,700 in cash, a Sony laptop, cellular phone, wristwatch, DVD player, and other items worth more than P80,000.
The police advised the public to secure their homes when they are away.*GPB
in shabu buy-bust
Fifteen sachets of suspected shabu were seized from a fisherman, who was nabbed in a buy-bust operation conducted by the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group at about 4 p.m. Monday in Purok Kagaykay, Brgy. 2 in Bacolod City.
CAIDSOTG chief, Senior Insp. Neil Exaltado, said Miles Henry Trinidad, “alias Bong-bong”, 30, was arrested when he handed a small heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer in exchange for P200 in marked money.
Seized during his arrest were a big heat-sealed plastic sachet and a small sachet of suspected shabu, 12 elongated sachets of suspected shabu, two disposable lighters, a pair of medical scissors and P400 in cash, believed proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, police records show.
Exaltado said Trinidad, who had been under surveillance for almost two months, had already purchased two pump boats from selling illegal drugs.
Charges for violation of sections 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, were filed against Trinidad yesterday before the Bacolod City Prosecutor's Office, the police said.
Meanwhile, a man was arrested for illegal drugs charges in his house in Purok 2, Brgy. Granada in Bacolod, at about 8:30 a.m. Monday.
Russel Montebon, 39, was apprehended on the strength of a warrant of arrest, issued by Regional Trial Court, Branch 47 Judge Raymond Joseph Javier, police records show.*Violie May Alo
Lactao up for
Several months after his promotion, Brig. Gen. Oscar Lactao, former 303 rd Infantry Brigade commander in Negros Occidental, is again up for another one, after his recent designation as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
This is a two-star position, and indicates that he may be promoted to major general next year, military records show.
Lactao replaced Brig. Gen. Rodelio Santos, who was designated as commander of the Army's 2 nd Infantry Division. Lactao was replaced as AFP Command Center chief by Colonel Raffy Valencia.
Military records show that Lactao was instrumental in the arrest of several New People's Army leaders, including Romeo Nanta, regional NPA commander, and the surrender of 81 former rebels, who availed of livelihood and financial assistance from the provincial government, as well as the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, through his efforts.
He served as commanding officer of the 303 rd Infantry Brigade for 21 months.
Lactao is a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1984.
In his new position, Lactao will lead the assessment and supervision of the implementation of IPSP “Bayanihan,” the military campaign plan designed to render the insurgency problem, particularly that of the communist New People's Army, in the country, irrelevant by 2016, among others.
Lactao's predecessors include AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and newly-promoted Maj. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, commanding general of the Army's 3 rd Infantry Division based at Camp Macario Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz.*GPB