PUJ ‘barker’ stabbed dead
A “barker,” the term for one who calls passengers to ride public utility vehicles, was stabbed dead by his colleague at the Bacolod City downtown area at about 5:35 p.m. Sunday.
Station 1 commander, Chief Insp. Adonis Rosales identified the fatality as Jay Basco Ortonio, 29, of Purok Jose Rizal in Brgy. 14, Bacolod.
Investigation conducted by Police Officer 2 Jared Esquilla showed that Ortonio was in front of the Bacolod Consumer’s Bank when the suspect, identified as Christopher Valderama, and his two unidentified companions approached him. An argument ensued that eventually led to the stabbing.
Valderama and his companions fled while Ortonio was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where he died while being treated.
Rosales said they are eyeing revenge as the possible motive for the killing because Ortonio had also stabbed Valderama a few months ago. Valderama filed frustrated homicide charges against Ortonio but the case was settled after Ortonio’s family paid him P10,000, he said.
Before the stabbing on Sunday, Ortonio and Valderama also fought Friday night, Rosales added.
Autopsy report conducted by City Medico Legal Officer Ely Cong showed that Ortonio sustained at least 10 stab wounds, with the ones on his neck and back all fatal, the police said.
Rosales said they are studying what charges will be filed against Valderama, but are yet to establish the participation of his two unidentified companions in the killing.
Meanwhile, Station 4 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Grce Aquitania reported yesterday that Adrian Adrias, 27, of Mabini-Corral streets, was stabbed at about 8:50 a.m. at Galo Street, Bacolod for still unknown reason.
Adrias had stab wounds on his chest and back and was rushed to CLMMRH. The suspect, Jeboy Arnaiz, 25, of Purok Solar Blocks in Brgy. 23 in Guihulngan City, Negros Occidental, evaded arrest, the police added.*APN
Ex-traffic enforcer arrested
for robbing Indian national
A former traffic enforcer of Bacolod City was apprehended by Station 5 policemen at noon yesterday after he allegedly held up an Indian national and his motorcycle driver in Brgy. Granada in the city.
Station 5 chief, Senior Insp. Richie Gohee, identified the one arrested as Raymund Ochoa, 36, of Hacienda Rosario in Brgy. Granada.
Motorcycle driver Jifon Operiano, 27, of Purok Progresso in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod, told the DAILY STAR that he and his employer, Kuwinder Singh, 37, of Capitol Hills in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod, were on their way to Brgy. Granada proper when Ochoa blocked their way.
Operiano said Ochoa threatened them with a firearm, declared a hold-up, took P1,270 in cash and fled towards the sugarcane plantation near the road.
Operiano reported the incident immediately to Station 5 policemen, who conducted a follow-up operation and apprehended Ochoa, who was hiding in the sugarcane plantation, after almost an hour, Gohee said.
The police recovered the P1,270 Ochoa took from the complainants, and seized his bonnet, and his improvised firearm, or sulpak, with two bullets, Gohee also said.
He added that Ochoa, who is now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 5, admitted the crime, saying he has no other means of livelihood.*APN
DESPITE TORTURE RAPS
Station 2 policemen
to receive awards
Despite the controversy they are now facing, several policemen and Station 2 chief, Senior Insp. Robert Dejucos, are set to receive awards for the arrest of three alleged car burglary suspects, city police director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, said yesterday.
Ian Dionson, 32, of Purok Sigay in Brgy. 2, Bacolod, was apprehended on July 15 in an alleged illegal drug den while Sammy Hilado, 26, of Brgy. Rumirang, Isabela town, and his 17-year-old companion, were apprehended Monday and Tuesday respectively, last week, police records showed.
Dionson’s family has filed a complaint before the Commission on Human Rights, claiming that the policemen tortured him to admit the crime by putting chili pepper and hot water on his sex organ, and hit his head with a hard object.
De la Paz ordered a thorough investigation of the case but, as of yesterday, Dejucos has not yet submitted an explanation on the complaints of Dionson.
Meanwhile, De la Paz said that the team of inspectors he formed already gave him feedback that no more police stations are closed during the wee hours of the morning and that no police personnel were sleeping.
De la Paz said that deputy chiefs of police were directed to ensure that their police stations are not closed and that no policemen are sleeping while on duty.*APN