Daughter of brgy. Captain shot,
suspect at large: cop
The daughter of the outgoing captain of Brgy. 16 in Bacolod City was shot in the forehead in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod, at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, and is now in serious condition in the hospital.
Maribeth Yelo, 26, of Villa Cristina Subdivision, Brgy. Tangub, in Bacolod, was rushed to the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center and later transferred to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Senior Insp. Charles Gever, Station 8 chief, said. He said he did not know yet if the bullet has been removed from the victim’s head, as of press time.
Gever said the incident cannot be considered election-related although the victim is the daughter of outgoing barangay captain Marianito Yelo.
Investigation showed that Yelo and her brother, Kevin, 19, went to the house of a certain Raffy Pascual in Purok Dasuk, Brgy. Tangub, who was not home, and talked to his brother, Resty, and later decided to go home. On the way, they met and talked to Raffy, who shot Maribeth with a still unidentified firearm, Gever said.
A stray bullet also hit a certain “Adan”, he added.
Gever said Raffy fled and brought the gun with him, and no evidence was recovered at the crime scene.
He added that Resty is also the suspect in the shooting of Indian national, Karmjeet Singh, 37, of Brgy. Villamonte in Bacolod Monday.
Gever said Resty is a recidivist, and has been in and out of jail.
The Pascuals are now at large, but charges for frustrated murder are being readied against them, he added.*SGG
The Women and Children’s Protection Desk of the Bago City Police in Negros Occidental is waiting for a 16-year-old minor to report to it and formally lodge a complaint for abduction.
The minor, whose name is being withheld, said in a television interview, that the mini bus she was riding on the way to Bacolod from Binalbagan encountered mechanical trouble in Bago City Monday night.
She said that when she alighted from the bus and was walking in the street, she was grabbed and forced into a grey van where there were five men, including the driver, and two women.
She said she was brought to a compound but managed to escape and her mother said she believes her daughter.
The Bago Police said that, since Tuesday, they have been waiting for the victim to file a formal complaint so that they can investigate the incident.
Several abduction incidents have been reported to the Negros and Bacolod police, but some of them turned out to be hoaxes, and were only used as alibis of teenagers, who failed in their studies, or as an excuse for not going home, the police said.*SGG
Police ready for ‘Yolanda’
About 45 police personnel trained in search-and-rescue operations are ready to augment the City Risk Reduction and Management Council as part of the preparations for super-typhoon “Yolanda”.
Police personnel are on standby and ready to assist in the forced evacuation of those living in riverbanks, shorelines and underneath bridges, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office, said.
Patrol cars of police stations can also be used, he said.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Western Visayas has raised a “Code White” alert in all government-owned hospitals in the region, including Bacolod City, in anticipation for the onslaught of “Yolanda", a government press release said.
DOH assistant regional director Ma. Paz Corrales said they raised the alert to ensure that health personnel are ready to attend to individuals needing medical care during the calamity.
She said “Code White” is the minimum alert level raised yesterday, but the DOH-CHD 6 can raise it depending on the need.
“Code white” alert means that hospital personnel, like general surgeon, orthopedics, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses, ophthalmologists and otorhinolaryngologists, are ready to respond to emergency situations.
Emergency service personnel, nurses and administrative staff residing at hospital dormitories will also be placed on an on-call status for immediate mobilization, the press release added.*SGG