2 nabbed in stake-out
A jeepney driver and a suspected drug peddler were arrested in a stake-out operation in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, by the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group at about 7:20 a.m. yesterday.
Arrested were Robert Piconcillo, 46, of Purok Masinadyahon in Brgy. Bata and jeepney driver Johnrey Tison, 27, of Brgy. Miranda in Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental, CAIDSTOG team leader, Senior Insp. Joemarie Occeño, said.
Occeño said that they arrested Piconcillo when one of the policemen caught him handing a small sachet of suspected shabu to Tison in front of a store in Bangga Christian.
He said they had received information that Piconcillo also supplies illegal drugs to other drivers.
An improvised tooter, a plastic straw used as scoop and a disposable lighter were recovered from Piconcillo when he was arrested, while another improvised tooter was seized from Tison, a police record showed.
Tison admitted that he is, indeed, an illegal drug user and but refused to answer when asked if he knew of other drivers who are also into illegal drug use.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said he ordered Occeño to identify jeepney drivers who are into illegal drug use and arrest them because they endanger the lives of passengers.
De la Paz also urged drug testing centers in Bacolod to be rigid so no public utility vehicle drivers who are into illegal drug use can be issued drivers’ license.
Police records show that 81 illegal drug personalities have been arrested in 89 operations since January and they yielded P1,076,403 worth of illegal drugs.*APN
Five fighting cocks all valued at P20,000 were recovered by Station 5 policemen from two residences in barangays Alangilan and Granada in Bacolod City.
Three of the fighting cocks were seized from Hermilinda Homes in Brgy. Granada while two were recovered in Brgy. Alangilan, but the police did not name the persons from whom they were recovered.
Reports to the Bacolod City Police Office showed that the cocks are owned by Richard Figalan, 33, of Tunggoy Village in Brgy. Mandalagan and Julius Lualbe, 35, of Sitio Buk-Buk in Brgy Concepcion, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
Figalan and Lualbe said that Rainheart Talimodao, 18, of Sitio Balogo in Talisay City, told them that their fighting cocks were stolen allegedly by a certain “Rene Cantera”, 19, of Purok 6 in Brgy. Alangilan but they did not specify when the fighting cocks were stolen, police said.
Talimodao also told them that he accompanied Cantera when he sold the fighting cocks.*APN
Rebels admit killing
of ex-CAFGU man
The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army has claimed responsibility for the summary execution of a former member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit on Dec. 20 in Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental.
Police records show that the former CAFGU member, Edwin Flores, 33, who was shot several times at his residence in Sitio Upper Mamballo, Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the neck and head.
In a statement he issued, rebel spokesperson Ka JB Regalado justified the imposition of death penalty on Flores, citing his involvement in “illegal and anti-revolutionary activities”, and for being an intelligence asset of the military.
Flores was reportedly playing cards with neighbors at his residence, when a group of unidentified persons, suspected to be NPA rebels, carrying M-16 assault rifles and a .45 caliber pistol, arrived, and shot him without any provocation. They, however, spared the others, police investigations showed.
Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said he was saddened by the continuing liquidation activities of the NPA, and their bragging about of their summary execution activities.
“Pumatay ka na, ipinagmalaki mo pa (You already killed somebody and still you keep bragging about it),” Lactao said.
He said assassination and murder activities will only result in victims. Whatever their social, political and economic objectives, they will not work them out by the continuing killings, Lactao said.*GPB