136 wanted persons nabbed
The number of wanted persons arrested by the Bacolod City Police from January to April this year increased by 151 percent compared to the same period last year, records from the Warrant and Subpoena Section showed yesterday.
BCPO-WSS chief, Senior Insp. Charles Gever, said they only arrested 54 wanted personalities from January to April last year, while 136 personalities with arrest warrants were accounted in the same period this year.
Gever said that in January this year, they arrested 21 wanted personalities, 27 in February, and 50 in March. He also said that the 1st, 2nd and the 10th most wanted personalities in Bacolod City, were arrested and jailed in less than four months this year.
Gever said the intensified campaign against wanted personalities in Bacolod is being implemented through the “manhunt bravo” program of Philippine National Police chief Nicanor Bartolome.
When he assumed his office last year, one of the thrusts of Bartolome was to account for all the wanted persons and the service of warrants.
Gever said they will continue to exert efforts in locating other wanted personalities in Bacolod City.*APN
3 ‘jai alai operators’
arrested in Bacolod
Station 1 policemen arrested three suspected jai alai operators in Brgy. 16, Bacolod City, and at the Central Market yesterday.
Police identified those arrested as Jimmy Jimenez, 60, of Rodriguez Baybay in Brgy. 35; Nelson Apas, 40, of Purok Rosas-Pandan in Brgy. Banago; and Giovani Villacruis, 19, of Purok Boulevard in Brgy. 14, all in Bacolod City.
Apas and Villacruis were arrested by Station 1 policemen at about 7:35 a.m. yesterday while allegedly in the act of collecting bets for jai alai at the city’s central market.
The police recovered two bundles of betting stubs, ballpens and five tipsters with the codename “Target” from Apas and Villacruis when they were arrested.
Jimenez was arrested at about 7:35 p.m. in the act of collecting bets for jai alai in Purok King Fisher in Brgy. 16, and the police recovered bundles of betting stubs, a ballpen and two tipsters with the codename “Target” from him.
Bacolod City Police Special Operations Task Group head, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, said there is no let-up in their operations against illegal gambling, specifically jai alai. He said their efforts are gaining ground and have caused some operators to stop their activities.
He also warned computer shops and Internet cafes against printing jai alai tipsters.
Police intelligence monitoring showed that there are still five jai alai operators in Bacolod, with the codenames “Solar”, “Dragon”, “Diamond”, “Target” and “Meredien”.*APN