Three security guards allegedly involved in a robbery incident were arrested by local police authorities at about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the Kabankalan City New Public Market.
Psupt. Calixto Mabugat, police chief with PO3 Rafael Y. Sta. Ana IV and PO1 Efren T. Gaspillo Jr. arrested Jaime Linas, Rene Estremera and Octavio Gascon, all of E&R Security Agency assigned at Kabankalan City New Public Market. The three were reportedly suspects in the robbery incident that occurred about 10AM, today inside Marasigan Store.
Police probers are now conducting follow-up investigation on the case; while robbery charges are being prepared to be filed against them.
Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) head directed all chiefs of police to strengthen its anti-illegal gambling operations in their areas of responsibility which resulted to the confiscation of various paraphernalia and arrest of suspected solicitors and gamblers.
PSSupt. Ricardo T. De la Paz, NOPPO director related that three persons in Sagay City were nabbed while in the act of soliciting bets, Wednesday.
PCInsp. Edel Jose Manzano, Sagay City Police chief led the operation which collared Jose Manuel Bayot,of Brgy. Fabrica; Jimmy Cuadron and Isaias Gallo, both of Brgy. Maquiling in the City.
Bayot, 28, was caught in the act of collecting bet money for jai-alai and recovered from him were pad papers with written number combinations, Fronton tipster, one mountain bike and P35.00
Several sachets of suspected shabu were incidentally confiscated from a man with standing warrant of arrest for illegal gambling during a raid about 12:25PM, yesterday at Don Miguel Ossorio St., Lopez Subdivision, Brgy. VI in Victorias City.
PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, police chief reported that three elongated and three small heat-sealed sachets of suspected shabu with P2,400 estimated market value were confiscated from Michelle Sumaria alias Paport, 31, of Sitio Pinanubol, Brgy. VI.
Police authorities in Victorias City were on manhunt operation against a 34-year old for allegedly attacking his brother to death Thursday night at Hacienda Gaston in Brgy. VIII.
PSupt. Santiago Y. Rapiz, station chief led the pursuit operation against Russel Berja, 34, for killing his 24-year-old brother, Robert.
Initial investigations re-vealed that the brothers were under the influence of liquor.
The older Berja stabbed Robert hitting him in the back.
Third District Rep. Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez yesterday criticized the administration of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. saying thatthe governor does not exercise prudence in managing the fiscal resources of the province.
Benitez, in a press conference at Victorias City yesterday, lambasted the alleged lack of frugality of the governor by obtaining loans for the various projects of the Provincial Capitol, that was obviously done in haste.
Richard Yap a.k.a Sir Chief with Congressman Alfredo "Albee" Benitez (3rd District Negros Occidental) answer questions from the media in Victorias City yesterday.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)
Re-electionist 3rd District Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez yesterday said he is coming up with a masterplan for road network that will interconnect the "mountain communities" in his district.
Benitez disclosed that he is regularly meeting with local officials and planning officers of Victorias City, E. B. Magalona, Silay City, Talisay City, Murcia, and Victorias City for the said road network plan.
In conjunction with the national government and the local government, the committee is assessing where exactly the roads will be built so the 3rd District will be accessed evenly, he said.
By Eduardo A. Duarte
VICTORIAS City- For more than two months already since February 1, Canetown Subdivision, this city, has been waterless as the V-M-C Rural Electric Service Cooperative (VRES-CO) had disconnected its power connection to the Canetown water system. The Canetown Homeowners’ Association (CHA), manag-ing the water system, had failed to settle its huge arrears in power consumption with VRESCO.
For this sad plight on basic water service in the com-munity is adversely affecting the over 1,000 households at the subdivision, the residents are earnestly appealing to Victorias Acting City Mayor Wantan Palanca to supply water twice a week to the subdivision utilizing the city’s fire trucks.
Police authorities in Victorias City arrested a local resident for violation of illegal gambling act in a raid this week intensifying the Philippine National Police (PNP) campaign against all forms of gambling.
PSupt. Alexander Muñoz, police chief with PO3 Lindsey Caraballe and PO2s Wilson Lataquin and Sixto Delos Santos arrested Adonis Don, 24, of Remedios St., Canetown Subd., Brgy. 19-A.
Gov. Marañon Calls for
Guara’s ‘Immediate Relief’
Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. yesterday called for the immediate relief of Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office OIC director, Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, because of political partisanship and failure to give due courtesy to the Office of the Governor whenever there are high profile incidents in the province.
Insulted by the silence of Guara and the delayed response of the Escalante City PNP headed by Supt. Jefferson Descallar, Gov. Marañon said he will ask for a replacement of the NOPPO chief when he talks to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas.
On Monday, April 1, suspected NPA Sparrow hitmen killed PO1 Bejein Tanguan and Joseph Lutrago, a police asset and campaigner of ex-Mayor Santiago Barcelona and United Negros Alliance (UNA) headed by Marañon, at around 6:35 p.m. in Barangay Balintawak, Escalante City.