Telecom worker, two others
nabbed in CIDG entrapment
A contractual employee of a telecommunications company and his two companions were apprehended in an entrapment operation by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group at about 4 p.m. Tuesday near a hotel at Mabini-Rizal Streets, Bacolod City.
The three were nabbed for unauthorized reactivation and sale of deactivated Internet modems, CIDG-Bacolod head, Chief Insp. Fernando Salvatierra, said.
He identified those arrested as Charles Chang, 25 and Martin Gineta, 18, both of Rizal-Hilado streets, and Globe Telecom contractual employee Reynaldo Gonzaga, 31, of Charito Heights Subdivision, Bacolod City.
Salvatierra said that days before the entrapment, Globe head security Jojo Viray had complained that some of the Internet modems their company had pulled out from subscribers for nonpayment of accounts are being re activated and sold online.
He said one of their agents posed as a buyer and agreed to purchase four Internet modems, valued at P9,200, and meet with Chang,Gineta and Gonzaga, and this led to their arrest.
Salvatierra added that the firm incurred losses from the illegal sale of the modems because the buyers do not pay their monthly bills.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 8484, or the law regulating the issuance and use of access devices will be filed against those arrested before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.*APN
Guns, marijuana seized in Ilog
Policemen seized a sack containing dried marijuana leaves and stems, and 20 marijuana plants in Brgy. Balicotoc, Ilog, Negros Occidental, Wednesday.
Senior Inspector Joshua Villasis said yesterday that the plants and a sack of marijuana were discovered at the backyard of Dindo To-og, alias Aming, while others were planted in a sugarcane field, that is about 30 meters from his house.
Villasis, who is the Ilog police chief, said the arrest of To-og, 36, also yielded a homemade 357 caliber revolver with five pieces of ammunition.
The suspect also surrendered a small transparent plastic containing dried marijuana leaves, a backpack with a small plastic container of dried marijuana seeds, and a homemade shotgun with four live ammunition.
Police investigations show that the arrested suspect was engaged in the planting and cultivating of marijuana plants.
Before his arrest, Villasis said the suspect had already harvested his cultivated marijuana plants four times.
To-og was charged yesterday with illegal possession of firearms before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Negros Occidental, on top of charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Villasis said the seizure operation was witnessed by Brgy. Capt. Rogelio Elumba and kagawad Mark Valenciano.*GPB
‘Cops verifying robbery group’
The police is probing the claims of a minor that she had escaped from her alleged abductors, who had dragged her into a black van on Tuesday in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.
Senior Inspector Conrado Rances III, EB Magalona police chief, however, said yesterday that they noted inconsistencies in the statements issued by the alleged victim. This prompted them to seek the help of a child psychologist to evaluate her claims.
The 10-year-old girl, claimed in an interview with MBC Aksyon Radyo, that she was forced into a van at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, by a woman, who was with four other persons.
She claimed that she was brought to Bacolod City, but, she was able to escape from her abductors, and seek the help of a dispatcher at the Ceres Bus terminal, from whom she asked for the location of the Bacolod police station 3 headquarters.
The EB Magalona police conducted an ocular inspection at the bus stop in EB Magalona and the Ceres bus terminal in Bacolod City, to validate her claims. Witnesses at the EB Magalona bus stop, however, said they had not witnessed the alleged abduction, or the presence of a black van in the area.
The Ceres bus dispatcher from whom the minor asked for help, told the police probers that she had only asked him what vehicle she will ride to go to the Police Station 3 headquarters, Rances said.
He said they found out that the mother of the minor resides in Brgy, Mandalagan, Bacolod City, where Police Station 3 is located, and that the girl lives with her grandfather in EB Magalona.
While he described the claims of the minor, as serious, the evaluation of the child psychologist is important and if she is not making up stories, they will ask the National Bureau of Investigation for cartographic sketches of the alleged suspects, Rances said.
Similar incidents of alleged kidnapping of minors and women, with suspects using a black van, were also reported in Kabankalan, Himamaylan, Calatrava and Bacolod City, in previous months. However, they remain unsubstantiated until now.*GPB