Former police asset nabbed
in drug buy-bust operation
A woman, reportedly a former police asset, was arrested by members of the Bacolod City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, and Station 10 policemen, in a busy-bust operation at about 3 p.m. yesterday, in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod City.
CAIDSTOG head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, identified the suspect as Erica Celiz, 28, of Purok San Roque in Brgy. Handumanan.
Celiz was arrested after she gave a small sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer, in exchange for P500. Two cellular phones, a pair of scissor, a lighter, a canister and P1,800 in cash were, seized from her during her arrest, Rapiz said.
He added that Celiz, who used to be a police asset, has been under surveillance for several days, on information that she is into the illegal drugs trade.
Police records show that this is the third time Celiz has been arrested for an illegal drugs offense.
Rapiz told the DAILY STAR that Celiz had been arrested by CAIDSTOG before, when Senior Insp. Joemarie Occeño was still its head, and again by Station 10 policemen, then led by Insp. Carmelo Nermal.
Celiz is now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 10, and charges for illegal drugs sale and possession will be filed against her.*APN
A suspected robber was apprehended by Station 6 policemen, in a follow-up operation, at about 10:05 a.m. Wednesday in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City.
Station 6 commander, Chief Insp. Noel Polines, identified the suspect as Bryan Bayot, 29, of Purok Violeta in Brgy. Taculing.
Polines said they were able to arrest Bayot through the help of an informant, who claimed that the suspect was one of those who robbed the barangay daycare center Monday.
Haydee Pompong, 53, of Purok Paho, told the police she discovered the break-in at the center when she opened it at about 9 a.m.
Initial investigation showed that the suspects destroyed the window of the center and stole a DVD player, two electric fans, kitchen utensils, boxes of vitamins, and five sacks of rice.
Polines said some of the stolen items were recovered from the people who bought them from Bayot and his companions.
He said robbery charges will be filed against Bayot, whom he tagged as a notorious robber.*APN
Add’l warrant out
An additional arrest warrant for illegal possession of firearms was issued yesterday against a suspected gun-for-hire leader, who is detained at the Bacolod City Jail Management and Penology in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City.
The warrant against Ric Raymond Longno, alias “Small Boy”, was issued by Judge Napoleon Diamante of the Bacolod Municipal Trial Court Branch 3, who set his bail at P60,000, SPO1 Victor Dante Escorpion of the Bacolod City Police Station 4, said.
Longno was nabbed Nov. 18, 2009, by virtue of arrest warrants for frustrated and attempted murder charges, after he was tagged as the primary suspect in the failed assassination of former Brgy. Banago Captain Roel Cordova, in 2008.
The warrants were issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 51 Judge Anita Chua, who set his bail at P320,000.
Longno was also linked to the ambush of businessman Benedict Gochango, in Bacolod City, on August 18, 2009, and the killing of businessman Remo Javellana in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, November 3 that same year, police records show.
He is also the suspect in the break-in at a lending firm in Bacolod, September 2009 where about P200,000 in cash and the service firearm of a security guard were stolen, as reported by Senior Supt. Celestino Guara, former city police director.*LTG