Two arrested in drug-bust
A teenager and a fish vendor were nabbed by operatives of the Bacolod City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group in a buy-bust operation in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2 in Bacolod City, at about 2:40 p.m. yesterday.
Socorro Rojo, 18, of Purok Sigay was arrested after she handed an elongated heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu, in exchange for P500 to the poseur-buyer, CAIDSOTG chief, Senior Insp. Neil Exaltado said.
Recovered from Rojo after her arrest were three elongated heat-sealed plastic sachets and two small heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu, police records show.
The police also seized several drugs paraphernalia, a Nokia cellular phone, and P380 in cash, believed to be proceeds of the illegal sale of shabu, on top of a table in the house of Rojo, Exaltado said.
He said they also nabbed Mark Estilo, 27, of Zone 3 in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, whom they caught sniffing suspected shabu at an adjacent house.
A piece of aluminum foil containing visible traces of suspected shabu, a rolled aluminum foil used as tooter, and two disposable lighters were recovered from Estilo, police records show.
The inventories of the recovered items were made in the presence of Captain Emelda Banguanga and kagawad Noe Romero Sr., both of Brgy. 2, Exaltado said.
Rojo, who admitted her involvement in the illegal sale of drugs for a year now, told the DAILY STAR that selling illegal drugs is her only choice since she has never been to college and does not have any alternatives for earning a living.
Estilo, meanwhile, said his friend, whose name he did not disclose, encouraged him to try using illegal drugs. He admitted being caught sniffing the shabu.
Exaltado said the seized suspected shabu, with an estimated value of P6,000, and the drugs paraphernalia were turned over to the Provincial Crime Laboratory for testing before charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, are filed against Rojo and Estilo.*SGG
Farmer nabbed for
A farmer long wanted for illegal logging was apprehended by the members of the Regional Intelligence Unit-6, PNP Intelligence Group at Skylab, Brgy. Minoyan in Murcia town, Negros Occidental, at about 9 p.m. Friday.
Police Officer 3 Joshua Barile of the RIU identified the suspect as Ricaredo Palomo, alias “Nono”, 58, of Brgy. Minoyan in Murcia.
Armed with a warrant of arrest for violation of Republic Act 9154, or the Mt. Kanla-on Natural Park Act of 2001, issued by Regional Trial Court, Branch 44 Judge Franklin Demonteverde, who set his bail at P24,000, the RIU team went to the house of Palomo that is on the top of a hill, Barile said.
Barile said Palomo is a habitual cutter of trees in the area and, in 2012, the Kanla-on Green Brigade that is under the provincial government of Negros Occidental, filed the charges against him and his son, who is still at large.
After the arrest of Palomo, the police also nabbed four persons for allegedly engaging in the illegal numbers game, “jai alai”, also in the barangay, when they happened to pass by them at about 10 p.m.
Those arrested were identified as Danico Edet, 21, Alfredo Hojilla, 50, Gina Hojilla, 48, and Rene Nicavera, 32, all of Brgy. Minoyan, by Barile.
A bundle of tipsters with the codename “Bullet”, and voluminous gambling paraphernalia were recovered from them, police records show.*SGG
Vendor shot in forehead
A peanut vendor was shot and injured by two unidentified men on a motorcycle at BBB-Galo streets, Barangay 20, in Bacolod City, at about 3:15 a.m. yesterday.
Station 4 commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales, identified the victim as Junmar Caburnay, 30, of Purok Herbabuena, Brgy. Villamonte in Bacolod, who was hit on his forehead and was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Investigation by Police Officer 2 Sherwin Rojas showed that Caburnay was selling peanuts in the area when two unidentified persons attempted to steal his wares and he got mad. A fight was pre-empted by bystanders in the area, but minutes later, two unidentified men on a black Kawasaki barako approached, and one of them shot Caburnay with a .38 caliber revolver, investigations showed.
The police are investigating the case to identify and arrest the suspects, who escaped going north of the city after the incident.*SGG