Jealousy eyed as motive
in pregnant woman’s slay
The police eye jealousy as the motive for the killing of a pregnant woman, whose body was found at the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation in Bacolod City Saturday, Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting director of the City Police Office, said yesterday.
Ordaniel said they have received a report that the woman, 32, who was about four months pregnant, and whose name is being withheld on request of her family, was killed in another location and then placed in a sack and abandoned at the BREDCO, where she was found at about 8 a.m. Saturday.
Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Jovil Sedel said the woman, who was frequently seen in the BREDCO area, was found with wounds on her head and lips, and her underwear pulled down to her knees, with her shirt raised to her stomach.
Investigation showed that the victim had not been raped and that the suspect, a construction worker, whose name is being withheld pending his arrest, had only staged an alleged “rape” scene at the area, Ordaniel said.
Police recovered a tube pipe, several cigaret butts, men’s underwear and a bottle of mineral water with bloodstains near the body of the victim, Sedel said.
He said witnesses claimed that the victim was last seen with two unidentified men at about 2 a.m. Saturday.*SGG
IN NEG. OCC.
12 gun ban
After only about 10 days from the enforcement of the Comelec gun ban on Sept. 28, the police have already arrested 12 violators in Negros Occidental, its records show.
In the same period, the police recovered nine firearms, a hand grenade and four bladed weapons, which are covered by the enforcement of the Comelec gun ban, Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday said.
Violations of the Comelec gun ban carry the penalty of a maximum of six years of imprisonment that are not subject to probation. In addition, the guilty party shall be sentenced to suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage, as prescribed by the Comelec resolution.
Lirazan said he also required municipal and city police stations to conduct checkpoints regularly, to prevent the transport of firearms.
The city police station of Sagay registered the most number of arrested violators, police records also show.
The carrying of firearms outside residences, unless authorized by the Comelec, is also prohibited.
In the recent elections, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office recorded the most number of arrested violators, compared to other city and provincial police offices in Western Visayas, police records also show.*GPB
Posting of checkpoint
A resolution requesting the Commission on Elections and the Bacolod City Police Office to strictly implement City Ordnance No. 547 Series of 2011, or “An ordinance requiring the posting of the 10 checkpoint rules outlined in the Advisory Opinion No. 1 of the Department of Justice, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Wednesday.
The resolution, authored by Councilor Caesar Distrito, said CO 547 requires law enforcement agencies to post the checkpoint rules enumerated by the DOJ last March 2011 as provided in their Advisory Opinion No. 1.
The rules state what should be done by law enforcers and by the citizens during the conduct of checkpoints, the resolution said.
Since the election period has already commenced and several checkpoints have already been made, concerned agencies and law enforcers should strictly follow what is provided in the ordinance to prevent legal conflicts in the future, it said.
Distrito said “Posting of checkpoint rules is also one way of informing our constituents that they do have rights when they are being subjected to a checkpoint and that the implementation of the rules also has limitations.”*CGS