Drivers of taxis with no blinkers
to be nabbed starting today: PNP
Starting today the Bacolod City police and Traffic Authority Office personnel will apprehend drivers of taxis plying the city’s main thoroughfares without emergency blinkers, police director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.
He said City Ordinance 590, that requires all taxis in Bacolod to install emergency blinkers, was supposed to be implemented last week but the operators asked for an extension.
They have now been given ample time, so there is no reason for the police not to apprehend such drivers, confiscate their licenses and issue them violation tickets, he added.
Aside from taxis with no blinkers, BTAO and BCPO will also after those with defective ones.
Under the ordinance, a driver will be warned for a malfunctioning blinker light for the first offense; a P500 fine for the second offense; P1,000 for the third offense; and a P2,000 fine and cancellation of the permit to operate for the fourth offense, until the malfunctioning EWD is repaired.
As to those with no blinker lights, a taxi operator will be fined P5,000 plus the temporary cancellation of this business permit until the unit is installed.
BTAO has sent copies of the ordinance to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office, and other city and town police stations in Negros Occidental.*APN
2 ‘thieves’ arrested
Two suspected thieves were arrested by Station 9 policemen in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City, yesterday and Tuesday.
Station 9 commander, Chief Insp. Placido Gentoleo, identified those arrested as Donaldo Gonzales, 27, of Brgy. 1, and Evan John Martinez, 18, of Purok Candelaria, Brgy. Sum-ag, both in Bacolod.
Gonzales was apprehended at about 3 p.m. yesterday by Aragon Medina, 31, of San Roque Street, Sum-ag, while allegedly in the act of stealing a laptop computer worth P60,000 from his store.
Gonzales denied the accusation and said he entered Medina’s store to buy rice, Gentoleo said. Investigation showed that Gonzales has previous theft cases in the areas of Police Stations 1 and 2, he added.
Martinez, meanwhile, was arrested at about 12:10 a.m. Tuesday in Purok Candelaria after he stole a car battery and a cellular phone from the house of his neighbor,r Christine Oñate.
Theft charges were filed against Martinez Wednesday and similar raps are being prepared against Gonzales, Gentoleo said.*APN
Indian escapes from
MANILA - An Indian man kidnapped more than a year ago on a troubled southern Philippine island escaped yesterday when his Muslim captors fell asleep after fasting for Ramadan, police said.
Biju Kolara Veetil, 37, was abducted by suspected Muslim extremists in June last year in Jolo while visiting his Filipina wife's family on the strife-torn island.
But he snuck away from his sleeping captors before dawn Friday, hitching a ride then taking refuge with a local official before contacting police, said local police chief Senior Superintendent Antonio Freyra.
"The kidnappers were resting. They had been fasting (for Ramadan) and they got tired and fell asleep, so he slipped away," Freyra said.
The Indian, who said he lost 20 kilogrammes (44 pounds) in captivity, appeared to be in good health, the police chief said.
He was reunited on the island with his wife, who was surprised to see him free and told police she had not paid any ransom, Freyra said. The motive for the kidnapping remains unclear.*AFP