74 gun ban
The number of arrested gun ban violators in Western Visayas rose to 74, including the 28 arrested in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, more than a month after the Comelec gun ban was enforced on Jan. 13, police records show.
The Bacolod City Police Office, with 16, and Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, with 12, ranked second and third, with having the most number of arrested suspects, next only to the Iloilo City Police Office, that accounted for 18 violators.
The Police Regional Office 6 also reported the confiscation of 50 assorted firearms, 23 bladed weapons, a fragmentation grenade and two gun replicas.
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, regional police director of Western Visayas, yesterday said gun replicas are also included in the gun ban.
Section 2 (b) of Comelec Resolution 9561-A provides that “firearm,” as defined in existing laws, rules and regulations, shall include airguns, airsoft guns, and replicas/imitations of firearms in whatever form that can cause an ordinary person to believe that they are real.*GPB
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The Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit admitted yesterday difficulties in identifying the driver of the tricycle that hit a hospital employee in Brgy. Pahanocoy in what appeared to be a hit-and-run accident at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
Senior Police Officer 1 Dennis Perma, TMU chief investigator, said that he has ordered traffic investigator Police Officer 2 Ben Tajonera to follow-up the case of Cirilo Gayaban, 48, of Octagon Village in Brgy. Bata. However, no one witnessed the accident.
Gayaban, a casual employee of the Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital, fell from the motorcycle he was driving and was taken to the OLMSH, while the driver of the tricycle, loaded with PVC pipes, was not identified as he has sped off after the accident, police records showed.
Investigation showed that Gayaban came from a Church service at the Manville Royalle Subdivision and was on his way home when the accident happened.
Gayaban’s five ribs and collar bone were broken and he is set to undergo an operation at the OLMSH today, his close friend, Gilbert Marañon, said.*APN
A waiter was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2 in Bacolod City, at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Rodolfo Duhilag, 22, of Purok Kagaycay, Brgy. 2 in Bacolod, was nabbed after he handed a small plastic sachet of suspected shabu in exchange for P500 to a PDEA agent, who acted as a poseur-buyer,
Guilbert Sumalangcay, head of the agency’s Negros Occidental, said.
PDEA agents seized 12 small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu from Duhilag during his arrest, Sumalangcay said. Duhilag has been under surveillance for almost a week now on information that he is into the illegal drug trade, he also said.
Duhilag denied that the illegal drugs were his although he did not say who owns the items recovered from him.
He is now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 2 and has already been charged for violation of Section 5, Article II of Republic Act 9165, or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, for illegal drug sale.*SMG