3 nabbed with guns, ‘shabu'
Guns and suspected shabu were seized from three arrested suspects, including a couple, during the police raids in the cities of Kabankalan and La Carlota, Negros Occidental, Thursday.
Police said that Danilo Jimenez, 30, and his wife, Leah, 33, were arrested for possession of prohibited drugs in Kabankalan City; while Roberto Tagle Jr. was nabbed with loose guns in La Carlota City.
Chief Inspector Eduardo Corpuz, La Carlota City police chief, yesterday said the arrest of Tagle, an audio technician, yielded a .38 caliber revolver with four ammunition, a homemade pistolized shotgun, four live ammunition of .22 caliber firearm, seven empty shells of a .45 caliber and 9mm pistol, a .38 revolver and three airsoft rifles with three magazines and pellets.
The raid at the house of Tagle was covered by a search warrant issued by Judge Anita Guanzon Chua and witnessed by kagawads Mario Sulatra and Vicente Baliguta, Corpuz said.
Armed with a search warrant issued by Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Fernando Elumba, a police team led by Senior Inspector Nerito Lobrido swooped down on the house of the Jimenez couple at Tayum Street in Brgy. 4, Kabankalan City.
Supt. Calixto Mabugat, Kabankalan police chief, said the arrest of the couple yielded five sachets of suspected shabu, two plastic sachets containing alleged shabu residue, assorted drug paraphernalia, two Cherry mobile cellular phones, and the four P100 bills used as marked money.
The search was witnessed by Brgy. Captain Rey Edward Oyos and kagawad Delmar Garduce, among others.*GPB
Kagawad, 14 others charged
for Comelec gun ban violation
Fifteen persons, including a barangay kagawad, were charged for violating the Commission on Elections gun ban in Western Visayas since September 28, Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., police regional director, said yesterday.
Only those with gun ban exemption from the Comelec can carry firearms during the election period that started last Saturday, so Cruz urged other gun owners to leave theirs at home even if these are licensed.
He said the PRO-6 is ready for the barangay polls on October 28, and the 500 barangays in the region that are under the watch list will be monitored closely to ensure that violence will be prevented.
From 2004-2010, Cruz said there was a decrease in the number of election-related violence in the region, and they will implement similar security and safety procedures they did during the May elections.
Meanwhile, Cruz said he has not received reports of any chief of police in Bacolod receiving money from illegal gambling operators.
He encouraged those with information about policemen engaged in, or are protectors of the illegal gambling operation, to coordinate with the regional or national police headquarters.
He warned policemen receiving money from illegal activities that they will be punished accordingly.*SGG
Bacolod cops act
A farmer, whom police suspect is a member of an organized theft group operating in Bacolod City, was arrested by the Special Operations Group in Brgy. 27, Bacolod, at about 8 p.m. Thursday, its deputy chief, Senior Insp. Ruel Culanag, said yesterday.
Culanag identified the suspect as Jessie Pabuaya, 48, of Sitio Sampinit, Escalante City in Negros Occidental. He said they swooped down on the rented house of the suspect on information that he is in possession of stolen items.
Culanag said they recovered from a tricycle near the rented house several beauty products and toys, all worth about P21,000. He said they will check with stores in the city to determine if they had lost similar items.
Culanag said Pabuaya identified his companions as a certain Jeffrey of Toboso, and “Jojet”, “Inday” and “Tasya” of Iloilo City.
He said the modus of the group, that has about 15 members, is to shoplift items from department stores and give them to someone waiting outside. They attack at noon to 1 p.m., which is lunchtime for most store personnel.
Culanag said the suspects come to Bacolod during festivals to steal since store personnel are usually busy then.
Pabuaya said he did not steal the items, he only received them from the shoplifters.
Culanag appealed to business establishments to be more vigilant, especially with the expected influx of people for the MassKara Festival.
Meanwhile, Ermigilda de la Cruz, 59, of Brgy. Singcang-Airport in Bacolod was charged before the City Prosecutor's Office yesterday for selling fake money in violation of Presidential Decree 168, and Republic Act 9165, Senior Insp. Charles Gever, Station 8 chief, said.
He said de la Cruz was arrested in an entrapment operation in front of the Twin Shell Gasoline Station at Magsaysay Avenue at about 6 p.m. Thursday, and recovered from her were three P500 bills, a P1,000 bill, and several illegal drugs paraphernalia.*SGG