Male body fished off port
The body of an unidentified man was found floating about one mile away from the coastal area of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation port, at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City, at about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday.
Station 2 commander, Senior Insp. Jovil Sedel, said they received a call from the roll-on/roll-off vessel, Riena Genoveva, at about 6:10 p.m., saying that a dead male person has been found and that the body had been brought to the port docking area.
He described the victim to be 25 to 30 years old, around 5 feet and 6 inches in height, dark in complexion, of medium build, and wearing only dark blue shorts with white stripes on both sides.
Initial investigation showed that the victim, who was believed to have been floating for two hours already, had a swollen bruise in his right cheek. Blood was also coming out from his mouth and nose.
Sedel said the victim may have gone swimming or fishing in the area. He said they are still waiting for the family before an autopsy examination can be conducted.
He said drowning is eyed as the cause of the victim's death but they are conducting follow-up investigations to find out what had happened before the body was found.
The body is now at the ABE Funeral Homes but had remained unclaimed up to press time yesterday, Sedel added.*SGG
Slay suspect, 2 others
arrested in Victorias
Policemen simultaneously arrested Tuesday a murder suspect and a drug personality in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, and confiscated prohibited drugs in the process.
Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Victorias police chief, yesterday said the arrested murder suspect, identified as Jerson Miranda, ranked number five in the list of 10 most wanted persons in city.
Silay Regional Trial Court Judge Felipe Banzon, who issued the arrest warrant, denied Miranda bail.
Meanwhile, the arrest of Eric Detoyato, 30, during a buy-bust operation at St. Martin Subdivision in Brgy. 21, Victorias City, also yielded three sachets of suspected shabu and P500 in marked money, Rapiz said.
Detoyato ranked fifth in the list of drug personalities operating in Victorias City, he added.
A day earlier, a buy-bust operation in Brgy. 3, Pontevedra, also led to the arrest of a suspected shabu peddler, identified as John Alba Villa, 35.
The anti-narcotics operation, a joint effort of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office and the Pontevedra police, headed by Senior Inspector Rose Salve Pico, yielded four sachets of suspected shabu, P500 in marked money, P1,200 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of prohibited drugs, and a Nokia cellular phone.
The three arrested suspects are now in jail.*GPB
Fire hits 2 houses in Bacolod
Two houses were hit by fire, believed electrical in nature, early morning yesterday in Purok Malipayon, Brgy. 35, in Bacolod City, causing P250,000 worth of damages.
Deputy fire marshal, Insp. Publio Ploteña, of the City Bureau of Fire and Protection, said they received a call at 7:50 a.m. that the house owned by Lidya Hiponia was on fire.
Reports said the fire that reached first alarm status and was put out at about 7:59 a.m. was caused by overloading in the substandard electrical wirings and the lack of a circuit breaker.
Ploteña said the fire started in the room of Jerry Hiponia and spread to the nearby house owned by Evangelyn Almario.
Ploteña said Hiponia's house was destroyed and the house of Almario was damaged. He said Reymondo Villaluna sustained a minor injury when he had tried to enter his house and save his television set.
Five fire trucks from the BFP were dispatched to the area, and were assisted by those of the Amity and the Chinese Chamber fire volunteer brigades, Ploteña said.*SGG