‘Man arrested for illegal gun
involved in junkshop robbery'
One of the four persons arrested Monday for illegal possession of firearms in Brgy. Alacaygan, EB Magalona, turned out to be the suspect in the shooting and robbing of a junkshop owner in Victorias City, Negros Occidental, police said.
Senior Insp. Leonardo Cobing, deputy police chief of EB Magalona, yesterday said Albino Delfinado, who was at the police station, positively identified Arnel Alvarez as one of the five suspects, who had entered his residential compound, shot and robbed him of cash.
Alvarez and the three other suspects, identified as Ronald Malihoc, Rodwin Liboon and Jolito Sabalton, were arrested Monday by policemen at Hacienda Gil, Brgy. Alacaygan, EB Magalona, while pursuing the suspects who also shot and robbed a lending firm collector in Brgy. Cudangdang, in the same town.
The arrest of the four suspects yielded a KG99 sub-machine gun with two magazines containing ammunition, a .45 caliber with two magazines with bullets, cellular phones, wrist watches and personal belongings, including bonnets and wet clothes.
Delfinado, the owner of the junkshop, survived the attempt on his life. He was robbed of P150,000 in cash by the five suspects, who were armed with .45 caliber and 9mm pistols, on August 25, in Brgy. 21, Victorias City.
Cobing said they will file charges for illegal possession of firearms today against Alvarez, Malihoc, Liboon and Sabalton before the Negros Occidental Provincial Prosecutor's Office.
The four arrested suspects were subjected to paraffin tests yesterday at the PNP Crime Laboratory in Bacolod City, while the high-powered firearms taken from them will undergo ballistic examinations.
Cobing also said they will present pictures of the four suspects to John Errol Tamayo, a collector of Global Lending Firm, who was also robbed and shot by unidentified hold-up suspects on Monday in Brgy. Cudangdang.
He also encouraged other victims of hold-up incidents to visit the EB Magalona Police Station, to see if the detained persons were the ones who victimized them.
Cobing also said they are coordinating with other police stations to check if the arrested suspects have criminal records.*GPB
162 trikes, trisikads seized
A total of 162 tricycles and trisikads were apprehended for plying the national roads in Bacolod City during the six-day operations of the City Police's Traffic Management Unit.
TMU head, Chief Insp. Luisito Acebuche said the successive operations were conducted after he received several complaints from the public against tricycles and trisikads at the national highways of Bacolod.
Acebuche said that, based on their new rule, impounded trisikads and tricycles will only be released to the owner one week after their apprehension, and after they have paid P100 in fines.
Under City Ordinance 338, tricycles and trisikads are banned at the national highways.
Meanwhile, 42 taxis were nabbed by the TMU for having no early warning devices, Acebuche said.
City Ordinance 590, approved in May this year, states that a taxi operator will be fined P5,000 plus temporary cancellation of his business permit until the unit is installed.
First offense for a malfunctioning blinker light comes with a warning; a P500 fine for the second offense; a fine of P1,000 for the third offense; and, for the fourth offense, a P2,000 fine and cancellation of one's business permit until the malfunctioning blinkers is repaired.*APN