1,600 motorcycles seized
in road safety campaign
The Bacolod City Police Office has seized about 1,600 motorcycles and tricycles since the start of the “Katawhayan sa Dalan (road safety)” campaign last month, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche, City Police Traffic Management Unit head, said yesterday.
Acebuche said some of the drivers failed to present documents to prove their ownership, while others have expired licenses.
He added that 47 drivers were stopped by the police because they had passengers below 7-years-old, which is prohibited under the law.
Acebuche added that there are about 171 drivers applying for “clean stickers”.
The vehicles are impounded at the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office and will be released to the owners only after they have paid the fines.
Personnel of the Land Transportation Office, the Highway Patrol Group, the BTAO, and the BCPO-TMU are conducting 24-hour checkpoint operations at main thoroughfares of the city.
Senior Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, BCPO director, said that crimes perpetrated by suspects riding on motorcycles have been reduced since the implementation of “Katawhayan sa Dalan.”
He emphasized that the campaign is not “ningas cogon”, but will be sustained to curb lawlessness in Bacolod.*APN
Drug raps filed versus 3 women
Drug charges were filed against three women at the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office Monday, Supt. Santiago Rapiz, City Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group head, said.
The charges were filed against Jennelyn Felizario, 27; Mae Ray Jean “alias Bebing”; and Mamer Diopita, “alias Little”, who evaded arrest. Felizario and Jean, meanwhile, were nabbed with six others in an anti-drugs operation last week in Purok Sigay, Brgy. 2, Bacolod City.
But the CPO has ordered the release of James Padernilla Colinco, 40, of City Heights Subdivision and Christopher Salazar Purdente, 29, of Doña Juliana Subdivision, both in Brgy. Taculing; Fernando Catoto, 32, of Burgos-Lopez Jaena, Alfredo Toledo, 29, of Purok King Fisher in Brgy. 16, Cindy Torres, 38, and Jovy Dacumos, 29, of Brgy. 2, all of Bacolod City, pending the results of their drug tests.
They were arrested at the residence of Jean after the police conducted a buy-bust operation against Diopita, who handed a small sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer in exchange for P500, police records show.
Diopita escaped when she perceived that she was dealing with policemen.*APN
Barangay tanod kills self
A tanod of Barangay Batuan, Valladolid, in Negros Occidental, committed suicide Monday at his residence, reportedly due to family problems, the police said.
Insp. Anthony Burgos, Valladolid police chief, said Francis Imperial, 41, was reported to have hanged himself using a rope.
Investigation showed that Imperial’s wife has left him, Burgos added.
Imperial’s body was brought to the Municipal Health Office of Valladolid for postmortem examinations by Dr. Nelson George de la Fuente, the police added.*GPB