3 ‘hold-upper, carnappers’
apprehended in Bacolod
A suspected hold-upper and two carnappers were arrested by policemen of Stations 2 and 9 in barangays 8 and Cabug, Bacolod City, Saturday.
Police identified those arrested as Jolito, 24, and Jimmy Boy, 18, both surnamed Gabales, of Brgy. Bagroy in Bago City, Negros Occidental, and Melvin Emolaga, 19, of Purok Balinday in Brgy. 2, Bacolod.
The Gabaleses were arrested while trying to steal the tricycle of Jerry Barella, 51, of Purok Mainuswagon, Cabug, at about 4:15 a.m. in the purok.
Barella said that his friends, Geos Purillo and Rodell Petalla, saw the suspects attempting to steal the tricycle, police records show.
The Gabaleses, who were mugged by bystanders, are now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 9.
Emolaga, meanwhile, was arrested after he robbed a bookstore employee near the Bureau of Fire Protection in Brgy. 8, Bacolod, at about 8:50 p.m.
Edna Joy Oplas, 21, of Purok Katilingban, Brgy. Banago, Bacolod, told the police that Emolaga, who was armed with a knife, blocked her way, declared a hold-up, took her bag and fled.
Police Officer 1 Vicente Paubaya, heard her shout for help, chased and arrested Emolaga.
The victim’s bag, that contained her wallet with identification and ATM cards, P1,550 in cash, and her cellular phone, was recovered from Emolaga, who is now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 2, the police said.*APN
7 soldiers killed,
8 hurt in ambush
Seven Army soldiers were killed and eight were wounded when a group of New People’s Army rebels ambushed them in the remote mountains of Barangay Mabbayad, Echague, Isabela at 7 a.m. Saturday, reports from the 5th Infantry Division in Gamu town said.
Six of the fatalities were identified as 2nd Lt. Jim Natorre Palma, Sergeant Eduardo Arquero, Corporal Jondilar Ebersole, and Private First Class Jomar Miguel, Gerald Mina and Albert Lagua, all of the 5th Infantry Division Reconnaissance Company.
The seventh fatality, who succumbed to gunshot wounds while being taken to the barracks, has yet to be named, the report said.
Army Colonel Miguel Puyao, outgoing 5th Infantry Army division spokesman, said they have been contacting the relatives of the victims. The bodies were brought to the Funeraria Carbonel in Ilagan City.
He said the rebels also suffered casualties but they either dragged them away or buried them.
Communist guerrillas carted away four M-16 Armalite rifles, three machine guns, two K-3 guns, an M-16 Baby Armalite rifle,12 military backpacks and belongings and guerrilla documents with high-intelligence value, the Army said.*PNA