Number of deaths due to
road mishaps up 35.7%
The number of deaths caused by vehicular accidents in Bacolod City in the first five months of 2012 rose by 35.7 percent compared to the same period last year, City Police Traffic Management Unit records showed yesterday.
From January to May this year, TMU recorded 19 fatalities from road accidents, against the 14 listed last year.
TMU head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, yesterday called the increase “alarming.”
He said most of the victims were pedestrians who did not use pedestrian lanes in crossing the street. He added that they have not been remiss in reminding the public to avoid jaywalking, but many still defy the traffic rule.
Acebuche stressed that injuries or deaths can be prevented if only motorists and pedestrians strictly follow traffic rules and regulations.
TMU records also show that the accidents increased during the summer vacation. Acebuche said this is because drivers drive faster as there are few vehicles in the streets.
There were fewer accidents in December because the streets were crowded with vehicles; and motorists drove carefully during the rainy months as the roads are wet and slippery, Acebuche added.*APN
4 nabbed for illegal gambling
Four men were apprehended for illegal gambling in Brgy. Tangub and at the north terminal in Bacolod City, Wednesday.
Kenneth Alcaito, 29, of Brgy. Canatungan; Christopher Cabate, 32, and Eduardo Bayon, 51 of Brgy. Matab-ang, both in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, were arrested at the north terminal in Brgy. Bata, at about 5:50 p.m. for allegedly playing tong-its, an illegal cards game.
Police Officers 1 Lee Christian Genovea and John Paul Baladhay recovered a deck of playing cards and P163 in bet money from Alcaito, Cabate and Bayon during their arrest.
Station 8 policemen, meanwhile, arrested Tristan Montepio, 33, of Purok Villa Esperanza in Brgy. Tangub, Bacolod, at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, while allegedly collecting bets for jai alai.
Policemen seized a tipster with the codename “Guitar” and other jai alai paraphernalia from Montepio.*APN
An American national wanted for various cases in the United States was arrested Wednesday by agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Region 7.
William Elliott Phillips III, 55, was apprehended by a team led by special agent Arnel Pura in Purok 2, Barangay San Jose, Cebu City, NBI 7 Assistant Regional Director Lauro Reyes, said yesterday.
Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Department of Treasury went with Pura’s team, Reyes said.
Philips has an arrest warrant for conspiracy to defraud the United States of America and making a false personal income tax return. A court in Ohio issued a federal felony arrest warrant against Phillips last December 14, Reyes said.
Phillips was brought to the US Embassy in Manila Wednesday afternoon for his deportation.
Reyes said they received information from the Bureau of Immigration that Phillips was in Cebu City last week. He said they conducted surveillance that led to the arrest of the American, who has been staying in the city for two years.
The BI summary deportation order said that Phillips was undocumented, and undesirable for being a fugitive from justice and an overstaying alien.*PNA
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