Cops foil robbery attempt
The presence of roving policemen foiled a robbery attempt on a financial services firm in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, at about 3:15 p.m. yesterday.
Elizabeth Toreta, Wilamie Menionuevo and Riza Mae Abrilan, employed as cashiers of M Lhuillier-Mansilingan, said an unidentified man with his face covered with a handkerchief and carrying a .45 caliber pistol entered their firm and declared a hold-up.
The three said they hurriedly hid under their tables, shouted for help, and caught the attention of policemen patrolling nearby, Station 7 commander, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, said.
When the suspect saw the policemen approaching, he left hurriedly and dropped his gun in his flight, Pangue also said.
The cashiers described the suspect to be about 5 feet and 7 inches tall, wearing a black shirt and denim pants, with short hair and of medium build, police report showed.
Station 7 policemen are now working on the identity of the suspect who could possibly be living nearby.
Meanwhile, a teenager wanted for robbery was arrested by the police at his house in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, at about 11 a.m. Saturday.
Police identified the suspect as Bishmark Jison, 18, of Purok Pugad Baboy in Brgy. Villamonte.
Jison was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Ray Alan Drilon, who denied him bail.*APN
A minor reshuffling of personnel was implemented at the Bacolod City Police Office recently to further boost security preparations for the midterm elections in May.
Effective last week, Senior Insp. Dianne Aquitania assumed as the new commander of Police Station 3 covering Barangays Bata, Banago and Mandalagan. He replaced Senior Insp. Conrado Rances, Supt. Alexander Ermeo, BCPO deputy director for administration, said.
Reports said Rances will replace Senior Insp. Arnold Mesias as chief of police of E.B. Magalona town, Negros Occidental.
Senior Insp. Jeffrey Attunaga, former head of the BCPO Operations Branch, replaced Aquitania as the Administration head, Ermeo said.
Attunaga was replaced by outgoing Public Information Officer, Senior Insp. Donna Rances, he said.
Superintendents Alex Dimaculangan and Leonardo Borromeo also swapped posts even before the assumption of Senior Insp. Edgardo Ordaniel as the officer-in-charge of BCPO last week.
Dimaculangan is now deputy director for Operations, and Borromeo chief of the Public Safety Management Company.*APN
The 9-day celebration of the 37th Sinulog in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, was free of violence, police chief Supt. Calixto Mabugat said yesterday.
Mabugat said the Kabankalan police force was augmented by troopers of the 6th Regional Public Safety Battalion, Negros Occidental PNP Public Safety Company and 47th Infantry Battalion soldiers, who helped ensure a violence-free Sinulog festival.
Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco commended the Kabankalan police and augmentation forces for a job well done, citing the peaceful celebration of the Sinulog festival.
Thousands of Negrenses and foreigners yesterday witnessed the Sinulog Mardi Gras competitions at the main streets of Kabankalan, police said.
Zayco also attributed the success of Sinulog Festival to the cooperation among various sectors in Kabankalan City, including the Sinulog Foundation and the Association of Barangay Captains, among others.*GPB