3 cops under
Three more policemen are being probed by the Bacolod City Police Investigation Branch for various offenses, BCPO officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, said yesterday.
Ordaniel did not identify the policemen but said their ranks are below Senior Police Officers 4.
He said these policemen were the subject of complaints for irregularities in the performance of their duties.
Ordaniel said they may be suspended if the complaints against them are proven to be true.
On Wednesday, Ordaniel reported the dismissal of a policeman for grave misconduct, and the 60-day suspension of another for serious neglect of duty.
He said Police Officer 1 Bernardo Beneras of Police Station 2 has been dismissed for the escape of a theft suspect in December 2011, while Police Officer 2 Wilson Go of Police Station 5 was suspended for his failure to attend a court hearing as a witness.
Ordaniel reminded cops that the Philippine National Police is quick to recognize those who are performing well, and can also immediately impose penalties on those who are remiss in the performance of their duties.*APN
19 nabbed for
Comelec gun ban
The number of arrested gun ban violators in Negros Occidental rose to 19 with the recent apprehension of three more suspects in the cities of Himamaylan and Kabankalan, police records show.
The arrest of Silverio Solina in Himamaylan City, and Jovy Garol and Alfonso Banzuelo in Kabankalan City, yielded two .38 caliber revolvers and a 357 magnum revolver, Chief Insp. Rico Santotome, spokesman of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said.
This raised to 19 the numbers of guns accounted for by the police from arrested violators.
NOPPO caretaker, Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, reiterated his order for the 31 police chiefs to intensify further their checkpoint operations on the proliferation of loose firearms that may be used during the May 13 local and national elections.
NOPPO trailed behind the city police offices of Bacolod and Iloilo in the number of arrested gun ban violators with 24 and 23, respectively, Iloilo Police Provincial Office – 14, Capiz PPO – 9, Aklan PPO – 5, Antique – 4 and Guimaras PPO – 2.
The Police Regional Office 6 Firearms and Explosive Unit reported that 506 loose firearms were accounted for by the provincial and city police offices in Western Visayas from January to February this year.*GPB
Drug peddler' apprehended
A suspected marijuana peddler was arrested Thursday by the police in an entrapment operation in Brgy. Canmoros, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.
Senior Insp. Albert Sy, Binalbagan police chief, yesterday identified the arrested suspect as Joenar Bitunga.
Sy said the apprehension yielded five suspected dried marijuana cigarets, other paraphernalia, and P100 in cash used as marked money.
Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, caretaker of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, lauded Sy and his men for the arrest of Bitunga, who is now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, in court.*GPB