‘Witnesses in fatal shooting
of police asset backed out’
The witnesses in the fatal shooting of a police asset at a pension house in Bacolod City last month have backed out and are no longer cooperative, City Police director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said yesterday.
With the witnesses backing out, de la Paz said no charges have been filed against the killers of Lauro Delgado Jr., “alias Onyot”, of Brgy. Alicante in E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.
The BCPO has the identities of the suspects, who were identified by the witnesses through the pictures presented to them. However, until criminal charges are filed against them, their identities will be withheld, de la Paz said.
He said they are continuing to convince the witnesses to execute their affidavits, and are assuring them of their security.
Delgado, son of a former kagawad of Brgy. Canlusong, E.B. Magalona, and an asset of the Silay City PNP, was gunned down at the bar lounge of the Kimas Pension House in Brgy. Mandalagan at about 6 p.m. November 17.
The police theorized that the killing was triggered by an old family feud against the Sevas, their rival clan.
On August 24, 2011, Delgado’s father, Lauro Delgado Sr., was also killed, allegedly by members of the Seva clan, police records show.
The victim himself had been tagged in the killing of a certain Joseph dela Torre, a relative of the Sevas, although no charges were filed against him.*APN
P90,000 ‘shabu’ seized
About P90,000 worth of suspected shabu was seized by members of the Bacolod City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group from a suspected illegal drug peddler in a buy-bust operation at the city’s downtown area yesterday.
Supt. Santiago Rapiz, CAIDSTOG head, identified the one arrested as Larry Sultan, 37, of Capitol Hills Subdivision and a resident of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
Rapiz said they arrested Sultan after he gave an elongated sachet of suspected shabu to a police-poseur buyer in exchange for P1,500, at San Juan Street at about 2 p.m.
Three more big plastic sachets of the banned substance and P9,000 in cash were recovered from Sultan when he was arrested, a police record showed.
Rapiz said Sultan is not in their drugs watch list, but he has been under surveillance in the past months for allegedly being into the illegal drug trade.
Charges for the sale and possession of illegal drugs are being readied against Sultan, who is now detained at the lockup cell of the Bacolod City Police headquarters.*APN
2 theft suspects nabbed
A suspected pickpocket was arrested in a mall at Gatuslao Street, Bacolod City, while a man wanted for theft was arrested at his house in Brgy. 16, also in the city, Wednesday.
Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Robert Dejucos said Jamelyn Soreño, 26, of Purok Pag-asa in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod, was arrested by security guard John Rey Javoc of 888 Chinatown Square mall at about 6:30 p.m. for stealing the wallet of one of their customers.
Complainant Gina Arro, 39, an overseas Filipino worker, of NDF Subdivision in Brgy. Handumanan, Bacolod, told the police she was at the entrance of the mall when she caught Soreño stealing her wallet and she sought the help of Javoc.
Arro’s wallet, that contained her ATM cards and P13,000, was recovered from Soreño during her arrest, a police record showed.
Station 1 commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales, also reported the arrest of Romulo Dipon at his house in Purok Kingfisher in Brgy. 16, Bacolod at about 12:30 p.m.
Dipon was nabbed by Police Officer 2 Felipe Moncatar on the strength of an arrest warrant issued by Bago City Regional Trial Court Branch 62 Judge Frances Guanzon, who set his bail at P40,000.*APN