BCPO warns public against
reporting of made-up crimes
Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting director of the Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday that persons found reporting made-up crimes to the police will be charged for perjury.
This was after a college student in Bacolod, whose name was not disclosed, told her parents that she was kidnapped by four men wearing bonnets and forced into a car, at the Bacolod North Terminal, at about 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Investigations by the BCPO Women and Children’s Complaints Desk show that there was no kidnapping, but that she had gone with her friends to Silay City, Negros Occidental, because she failed to finish her course and was afraid to admit it to her parents.
She told the police that she wanted to cover up for her failure in school with a fake kidnapping story.
Ordaniel said he referred the case to the BCPO Legal Counsel to decide the possible charges to be filed against her. “If her report had not been verified, she could have caused alarm to the public, especially because today is the start of the MassKara Festival,” he said.
The police rescued her in Silay through information from her boyfriend, whom she texted about her whereabouts. She was about to sleep when the police arrived at about 10 p.m., Friday, Ordaniel said.
“The public should not make up kidnap stories because the police will find out whether they are true or not,” Ordaniel said.*SGG
A man allegedly engaged in buying and selling stolen cellular phones was arrested in a police entrapment operation in front of the San Sebastian Cathedral at Rizal Street in Bacolod City Saturday.
Station 1 chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada, yesterday identified the suspect as Jillord Escalona, 33, of Purok Masagana in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod.
He said the complainant, Rogie Mae Lagahit, 26, of Brgy. Granada in Bacolod, reported to the police that her white iPhone 4S with pink casing, worth P30,000, and other personal belongings were snatched by an unidentified person while she was on a jeepney at about 9:35 p.m. Friday.
Leada added that on Saturday morning, Escalona, who reportedly bought the phone from the suspected snatcher he identified as Francis Guarin, alias “Alog”, contacted Lagahit through the number stored in the phone since he needed the security code to open it.
Escalona told Lagahit that he will return the phone in exchange for P8,000.
Station 1 policemen planned the entrapment operation and nabbed Escalona. They recovered from him the P5,000 in marked money he demanded from Lagahit and the cell phone. Leada said Escalona resisted arrest and tried to escape on his Honda CV110 motorcycle.
He was charged yesterday for violation of Presidential Decree 1612, or the Anti-Fencing Law of 1979, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office, Leada said.*SGG
2 hurt in stabbing,
Two were injured in stabbing and hacking incidents in barangays Handumanan and Felisa in Bacolod City, Sunday, Station 10 chief, Senior Insp. Edgar Gulmatico, said yesterday.
Gulmatico said Marvin Polistico, 18, of Purok Lubi, Phase 3 in Handumanan, sustained two stab wounds on his chest and back, and was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Police investigation showed that Polistico was stabbed with an ice pick by Reynaldo Gamayon, 22, of Purok Uhong, Phase 3, in the barangay, at about 8:15 p.m., in the neighboring Purok Paho, over an old grudge.
Gamayon fled and brought the ice pick with him, but charges against him are being readied by the police, Gulmatico said.
Meanwhile, a man hacked and injured his nephew-in-law over a misunderstanding, at about 9:15 p.m. in Hacienda Edmar, Brgy. Felisa in Bacolod, police reports show.
Gulmatico identified the victim as Felix Bagiuo, 28, of Purok Paraiso in Brgy. Mansilingan, who sustained two hack wounds on his right ear and forehead and was brought to the CLMMRH. He is in stable condition now, the police said.
Investigation showed that Cristitoto Aguilar, 52, hacked Bagiuo with a bolo knife.
Gulmatico said Bagiuo is not interested in filing charges against Aguilar, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of Station 10.*SGG