Probe ordered on
Bacolod City Police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, yesterday ordered an investigation on the broad daylight robbery at a pharmacy in Bacolod Sunday, where about P10,000 in cash was taken.
Ordaniel said a man barged into the pharmacy, threatened the people inside with a gun that he covered with a newspaper, and took the money placed in a bag beside the cashier and fled.
Ordaniel said he was told by witnesses that they could not describe the suspect as his face was covered with a handkerchief and he also wore sunglasses.
Investigation showed that the establishment had no security guard at the time because the management does not require their guards to report on weekends.
The police said the suspect is obviously familiar with the place because he knew where the money was kept.
Ordaniel said business establishments should employ security guards and that such guards must be vigilant because robberies can occur even if there are roving police officers around the city.*APN
Guard nabbed for
A security guard, who allegedly tried to sell his service firearm to a plain-clothes police officer, was apprehended at about 10 a.m. yesterday at the Bacolod City Public Plaza.
Bacolod City Police officer-in-charge, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, identified the suspect as Mayo Valentino, 40, and employed by the Limco Security Agency.
Valentino was arrested by the team of Police Officer 3 Wilfredo Perez when he offered to sell to Police Officer 1 Rolly Jardinico his .38 caliber revolver service firearm, with serial number PRO7996211, with six bullets in it.
Valentino said he sold his gun because he needed money to pay the rent for his boarding house.
He said he did not know that the person he was dealing with was a police officer.
Charges for violation of gun ban will be filed against Valentino, who is now detained at Police Station 1.
Ordaniel, meanwhile, has ordered the BCPO Operations Branch to investigate the alleged sale of firearm replicas and toy guns in the city.
He said that there is a letter of instruction from the Philippine National Police that bans the sale of the toy guns and firearm replicas as they could be used in committing crimes.
Ordaniel added that gun replicas and toys will be confiscated.*APN
arrest 2 for shabu
A man and a woman were arrested by the Bacolod City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group in a stake-out operation in Purok Cagaycay, Brgy. 2, at about noon yesterday. Five sachets of suspected shabu valued at P6,000 were seized from them.
CAIDSOTG head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, identified those arrested as Louweth Gomia, 30, and Fely Meñosa, 27, both of Purok Cagaycay.
Two elongated sachets of suspected shabu were recovered from Meñosa and three from Gomia.
The police also confiscated P1,060 in cash and several drug paraphernalia from Gomia and Meñosa, police records show.
Rapiz said they were supposed to arrest a drug peddler, who evaded arrest, when they met Meñosa and Gomia at the pathway. He said the two admitted that they also sell illegal drugs during initial investigation.
Meñosa and Gomia are now detained at the Bacolod City Police headquarters lockup cell and will be charged for possession of illegal drugs.*APN