>> Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Soil in work site collapses; five workers injured
BAGUIO CITY – Five workers were injured when the soil underneath them collapsed Thursday around 10:45 a.m. at construction site here along Quisumbing St. Barangay Trancoville. Victims were identified as employees of Acerprime Builders: Jimmy Yumul Fernandez, 35, of Bauang, La Union; Bobby Ulac, 49; Avelino Boac, 48; Daniel Estoler, 21 and Jerome Ulac, 23, all natives of Tubao, La Union.
 Investigation disclosed the employees were busy digging at the site when the soil suddenly collapsed and pulling down the scaffold and steel that fell on them. They were extricated immediately by their co-workers and by the responding rescuers. Fernandez was rushed to Pines Doctor’s hospital while the rest were taken to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

Miner hurt as stones fall down tunnel
TUBLAY, Benguet – A miner was seriously injured when the tunnel they were working on here Thursday around 9:30 a.m. at Sapuan, Ambassador collapsed. The victim was identified as Nestor S. Abella, 57. 
Police said the the victim and his three companions were in the tunnel when the acciedenttranpired. The victim was rescued by the residents at about 11 a.m. and was rushed by the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Committee ambulance to Pines City Doctor’s Hospital for medical treatment.
Banaue tourist guide mauled 
BANAUE, Ifugao – A tourist guide was mauled here Tuesday around 6:45 p.m.  in Pangngat, Poblacion identified as Jake Bandao Beltran, 30. Police said the victim’s brother Jeff found the victim lying along the road with bloody face. The victim informed his brother a certain Michael Dumngalon, resident of IsitioIbayong  Bocos, also in the tourist town mauled him. The mother of the victim reported the incident to police who launched a manhunt for Dumngalon who could not be found until press time. The victim was brought to Good News Clinic and Hospital but was referred later to Panopdopan District Hospital for further medication.

Kagawad nabbed over Natubleng shooting 
BUGUIAS, Benguet – Police reported a shooting incident here Monday around 7:30 p.m. in Barangay Natubleng wherein the victim was identified as NovieBellasoGannaban, waitress of Balbalan, Kalinga while the arrested suspect was named Arnold Daliling Tiago, 47, farmer, barangay kagawad of Natubleng.
According to bystanders who allegedly witnessed the incident, the suspect was cautioning a drunk male person to go home as it was already curfew hour. The drunk brought out a handgun and fired at the suspect which prompted the suspect to return fire.
The unidentified man ran and got lost in the dark while the victim who was then standing by at the roadside got hit on her right shoulder and was rushed to the Atok District Hospital, Sayangan, Atok town for medication.
The suspect and the Cal. 380 handgun are now under custody of Buguias police.

Luna couple loses P150,000 to thief
LUNA, Apayao – A couple lost P150,000 to a thief who broke into their house here at Maligaya, Dagupan around 12 noon of June 5. 
Police identified the victimized couple as Oscar Lumbo Bumanglag, 65 and his wife MercedezTernola.
Investigation disclosed Mercedez placed their money in a white envelope and concealed it among folded clothes inside a cabinet. Accordingly, at about 10:30 a.m. the next day, Mercedez discovered their money was already missing including documents. Police lifted latent prints at the attic window of the house.

 Man nabbed at Abra-Kalinga checkpoint with illegal gun
TAYUM, Abra – A man was arrested here along the Abra-Kalinga road at Barangay Gaddani for having in his possession a handgun Monday around 9 a.m.  
         The suspect was identified as Tirso Blasé Tuscano, 43, farmer resident of Abualan, San Juan town.
Police said they were conducting checkpoint operations in the area when the suspect aboard a motorcycle hesitated to pass through the checkpoint and instead retreated to a vacant lot and threw something on the grassy area. Upon seeing it, the team followed the suspect and recovered A Cal. 45 handgun loaded with seven bullets. The suspect failed to present documents so he was brought to Tayum Municipal Health Center for medico-legal examination and later Tayum police station where charges were prepared against him for filing in court. 

Farmer arrested for illegal gun 
SAN JUAN, Abra --- A man was nabbed here Monday around 6:45 p.m. at Lanalan, Culliong for illegal possession of firearm. Police named the  suspect as Noel Bosque Bersamin, 55, farmer and a resident of Barangay Nangobongan.
 Investigation disclosed that town police PO1 Benjamin Boado, with his friends were at the house of AgustingBalaoro in Lanalan when the suspect arrived. Boado noticed the gun tucked on the waist of Bersamin while he was standing near them. Boado grabbed the Cal. 45 gun loaded with seven bullets. Bersmain could not produce papers for the gun so he was arrested.

Driver falls in P90,000 Baguio shabu buy-bust
BAGUIO CITY – Polcie arrested a driver here here Monday in a buy-bust operation resulting to confiscation of 15 grams of shabu worth P90,000 from the suspect.  A police report said the operation was held in front of Amro Aggregates along Tacay Road here that resulted to arrest of Alfonso LawinganVenturea, 33, of Barangay Irisan. Also recovered from him was P9,000 buy bust money.

OFW arrested for adultery
MANKAYAN, Benguet – An overseas foreign worker (OFW) was nabbed here Monday around 1:30p.m. at Poblacion here for adultery. Arrested was Ruby LatosBucasan, 33, married, resident of Sinacbat, Bakun town. Judge Amparo M. Malinias-Espada, Municipal Trial Court, Mankayan, who issued her arrest warrant recommended bail of P10,000 for her temporary liberty. She was brought to Mankayan police station then later to the court where she posted bail.

Hairdresser, companion run away with parlor equipment
BAGUIO CITY – Police reported a case of theft Monday here  at Xpress Yourself Salon, Balisong Building, Assumption Road.The victim identified as Myrna CalubEspinueva, 50,  businesswoman was rep[ortedly victimized by Brix “Ashly” Timpug, hair dresser, resident of San Pedro First Lubao, Florida, Pampanga and Warley James Estrella,  who aided one another in allegedly stealing Changong flat screen TV  worth P9,000.00; ABS CBN block box worth to P2,000, two sets of clippers worth P9,000.00, hair iron worth P4,000, two blowers worth P2,000 and two scissors worth P1,400.
Investigation disclosed Timpug was trusted by the victim’s daughter-in-law so she gave the key of the establishment. However, at around 5 p.m. that day, the complainant’s friend called and informed her that the salon was closed. The victim proceeded immediately to her salon and discovered that the following items stated above were missing. She tried to contact the suspects to no avail. Victim said she will file charges against the suspects.

Man found dead in shanty
BAGUIO CITY – The body of a certain Erickson De Guzman Cuison, 44, unemployed was found at a shanty below their house here Monday around 6:30 a.m. at Barangay Sto. Rosario. 
Based on the statement of their neighbour identified as Jose Duda Parentila, both of them had drinking spree afternoon of June 5 until early morning of June 6 inside the shanty. At around 6:30 a.m. when  Parentila went back at the shanty he discovered the lifeless body of the victim prompting him to inform his family.
Dr. Hector Sorra examined the body which was was stiff with no sign of external injury. The father of the deceased identified as Jose Cuison  executed a waiver refusing autopsy of the body.

La Trinidad farmer found dead after hanging self
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A farmer allegedly died after he hanged himself Monday around 1 to 2 p.m. here at their residence here at A-79, Poblacion. The victim was identified as Edward Garcia Refugia, 54, married.
Ferdie Norvin Garcia, 19, eldest son of the victim, tiold police after taking their lunch, he and his two younger brothers left to play basketball leaving their father seated and resting inside their house  around 1 p.m. that day. Around 2:45 p.m., they found their father hanging on the railing of the stairs in their residence with a nylon rope. The victim was immediately brought to the Benguet General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. Ferdie said his father was undergoing psychological treatment at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center and was given a medical maintenance for his sickness.

Retired cop dies in relative’s wake
BAUKO, Mountain Province – A retired policeman succumbed to heart failure here Tuesday around 1:30 a.m. while attending the wake of a relative a Bagnen Proper. The victim was identified as Senior Insp. Walter LatigeoCompala, 60, resident of Camp 7, Baguio City.
Compala was brought to the Luis Hora Regional Memorial Hospital in Barangay Abatan after he collapsed. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital by attending physician, Dr. Richard Boado.

Cordi regional police rank, file pass drug test
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Police here complied with  president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's order for mandatory drug test among rnak and file. Regional police director Chief Supt. Ulysses J. Abellera, led drug test after Monday flag-raising conducted by Regional Crime Lab Office.
Abellera said all passed the test yielding negative presence of dangerous drugs in their bodies.

Manila tourist falls down Sagada big cave  
SAGADA, Mountain Province – A tourist from Manila fell down the Frog Pool here inside Sumaguing Cave June 5 around 10:30 a.m. and suffered multiple abrasions. 
The victim was identified as Joshua Blanco Del Remedios, 25, single, technical supervisor of Convergence company at Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, and a resident of San Mathew, Rizal. 
Police responded around 10:40 a.m. with tour guides and brought the victim to the St. Theodore’s Hospital for medication. Interview with their tour guide, Kithlee Aben Carlin, revealed the victim with his two companions Austin John S. Magsino and Regene S. Mallain both from Angeles City were at the Frog pool when the victim accidentally slipped.

Trike, tricycle drivers hurt in Lagawe collision  
LAGAWE, Ifugao – A motorcycle and tricycle collided here June 5 around 7:30 a.m. along the national road at Dullagan, Poblacion West, resulting to injuries to both drivers.
A police report said the motorcycle was driven by Melvin C. Visencio, 22, single, (with no driver’s license) while the tricycle was driven by Raffy Rex D. Pit-ong, 23, single, (with student permit) resident of Poblacion West, Lagawe.
Investigation disclosed both vehicles were heading towards the same direction along the national road. The tricycle was about to turn left towards Cuta but the motorcycle tried to overtake and accidentally bumped the tricycle. Both drivers were brought to Natuwolan Clinic by responding cops for medical treatment.

5 hurt as 2 Tamaraw FX vehicles collide along Tabuk, Bontoc road
LUBUAGAN, Kalinga – Five persons were seriously hurt when the vehicles they were riding in collided here along the Tabuk-Bontoc road at StoIyucan, Manangol June 5 around 8:45 a.m.
Police said Tamaraw FX was driven by James PodesKitan, 42, driver by profession of Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet while the other Tamaraw FX was driven by Samuel BayanganRosito, 55,  miner,  resident of Mankayan, Benguet
Police investigation disclosed the Tamaraw FX driven by Kitan was negotiating a sharp curve when it accidentally collided with the Tamaraw FX driven by Rosito coming from the opposite direction. As a result, the passengers of Rosito, identified as Melinda LugaoRosito, Malik Lugao, ShaninePuyao, all natives of Pasil, Kalinga and residents of Mankayan, Benguet sustained injuries.
Meanwhile, passengers of Kitan identified as Rita Foy-os Kitan, 38 and Abigail Foy-os Kitan, 19 both residents at Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet were also hurt. All passengers were brought to Lubuagan District Hospital by responding cops for medical treatment.
Both drivers were not injured while their driver’s licenses were confiscated. Both vehicles were impounded.

Man wanted for frustrated murder in Apayao nabbed
ABULUG, Cagayan – A certain Bernabe A. Nicolas, wanted for frustrated murder, was arrested here in Barangay Guiddam last week by Flora, apayao cops and Police Provincial Office of the province following arrest warrant issued by Judge Quirino M. Andaya of RTC Branch 26, Luna, Apayao with a fixed bail bond of P200, 000.

Man arrested for illegal guns
BANGUED, Abra – A certain Rogelio “Tugol” Almazan, 32 was arrested here in Calaba South last week for illegal possession of firearms after warrant was issued against him by Judge Corpus Alzate of RTC Branch 2, Bangued who recommended bail of P100,000 for his temporary liberty.

Man lands in Abrajail for acts of lasciviousness
PENARRUBIA, Abra – A man identified as Alexander Billeza Eduarte, 37 was arrested here in Barangay Riang last week by cops for acts of lasciviousness in relation to Republic Act 7610 or an “act providing for stronger deterrence and special protection against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination.” Bail was set at P180, 000 for Eduarte’s temporary liberty.

Man stabbed in Tabuk City; cellphone taken
TABUK, Kalinga – Police got a call Tuesday around 8 p.m. from St. Peter Claver Hospital informing them a man was stabbed at Barangay Casigayan  and was brought to said hospital.
Investigation disclosed that the victim, Kenny Ray Dawing Gumpad, 25, of Balacang Street, of the barangay went to buy items at a store when an unidentified man suddenly grabbed his cell phone prompting him to fight back but was stabbed by the suspect.
The suspect with two other companions fled aboard a Honda TMX motorcycle. Police could not identify the suspects yet at press time.

2 suspects nabbed in Ifugao for store theft
ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao – Two men were arrested for allegedly breaking into a a sari-sari store here Tuesday here in SitioBanahao, San Marcos on complaint of owner Jayson Simon Javillonar, 39.
Police said the complainant locked his store Monday evening and noticed the when he opened the next day that the window was destroyed with groceries worth P7,000 and cash of P3,000 taken by the suspects.
            Police later arrested suspects named as Rey Lamarca Galleto, 40 and Gil Ancheta Villarba, 53, both Banahao residents.

 Thieves snatch P60,000 from drunk men sleeping in vehicle  
BAGUIO CITY – Never sleep while drunk inside your vehicle. Three men were robbed of their belongings here Tuesday night while sleeping in a Toyota Grandia in front of TG Home Builders, RFT Building, along Naguilian Road.  Investigation disclosed Eric Besic Orcino, 33, of Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet with two companions had a drinking session, and slept inside the vehicle leaving the window open. Around 3:30 a.m. of June 7, complainant noticed that his pocket was slashed and his money amounting to P60,000 together with his two cell phones were missing believed taken by unidentified suspects.

Two men maul driver; drive tricycle to Kalinga 
BONTOC, Mountain Province – Two unidentified suspects stole the tricycle of a businesswoman identified as Shelou Domingo Mangatam, 25, here Tuesday around 11 p.m. Investigation disclosed that earlier around 7:30 p.m., the husband of complainant identified as Loreto Taynan asked him if they could hire the tricycle. Atynan drover the tricycle and while at Sitio Latang, suspects suddenly mauled him and placed him at the passenger seat.
They dropped the complainant at SitioGawa, Barangay Tococan, Bontoc, and suspects proceeded towards Kalinga on board the tricycle. Responding cops conducted pursuit operation to no avail.

Student vandal caught with marijuana leaves 
BAGUIO CITY – A 19-year-old student vandalizing a telephone box along Kalaw St. here was arrested Tuesday around 3 p.m. for having in his possession marijuana. Nabbed was Andrew Chadwick Muros Escorpizo, of Hamada Subdivision.
Investigation disclosed roving policemen caught the suspect vandalizing tgher telephone steel box located beside the Court of Appeals. Confiscated from Excorpizo were chalk pen, dried marijuana leaves and sticks, rolling papers and  lighter.
Buy-bust lands young man in jail 
BAGUIO CITY – Narcotics and National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested
A certain Abdul Raffy Zenab Ampaso, 24, of Lower Quirino Hill here Tuesday around 8 p.m. in a buy-bust operation. 
Confiscated from the suspect were four grams of shabu P1,000 and cell phone. Ampaso was incarcerated at the city jail.

Man wanted for rape in Banaue nabbed in  Baguio 
BAGUIO CITY -- A man wanted for rape in Banaue, Ifugao was arrested here Tuesday around 9 p.m. at Kadaclan Village, Barangay Loakan, by Baguio and Banaue police. Arrested was Levihope Tucdaan Numbanal, 40, married after Judge Ester L. Piscoso-Flor of Regional Trial Court, Branch 34 issued warrant for his arrest. No bail was recommended. Banaue cops brought the suspect to the tourist town where he was jailed.

Man lands in jail for frustrated murder
MAYOYAO, Ifugao –  Police arrested here Tuesday a certain PepeAtlunaLinnong, 51, married for frustrated murder after warrant was issued against him by Judge Ester Piscoso-Flor, RTC Br 34, Banaue, Ifugao who set bail of P200,000 for his temporary liberty.
Linnong was jailed at the municipal jail.

Man nabbed for frustrated murder
MANKAYAN, Benguet --  A certain Jess NalicaoWansi, 26, single, was arrested here Tuesday for frustrated murder following arrest warrant issued against him by  Judge Sergio Angnganay Jr. RTC Br 64, Abatan, Buguias.
The judge set bail of P100,000 for Wansi’s temporary liberty.
The suspect was arrested around 3 p.m. in Barangay Balili and incarcerated at the municipal jail.

Acts of lasciviousness lands man in jail
BAUKO, Mountain Province – Police nabbed a certain Johnjan CutengJ oven, 42,resident of Barangay Abatan here for acts of lasciviousness after Judge Jocelyn Pespe-Humiwat, of Municipal Circuit Trial Court issued warrant for his arrest recommending bail of  P40,000 for his temporary liberty.
Man drowns in Abra River  
LANGIDEN, Abra – A certain Antonio Murphy, 51, told police here Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. he saw a cadaver at river bank of Abra River in Barangay Poblacion, Langiden. Police found the lifeless body of Ward Allan Rabaya Balla, 18, single, resident of Poblacion West, Pidigan town.
The victim reportedly drowned June 5, around 1:15 p.m. along the river particularly at SitioPidpidig, Poblacion West, Pidigan, Abra. Joint personnel of Pidigan police, firemen and residents retrieved the body and brought it to a local funeral home.

Europa caretaker mauled, robbed by co-drinkers 
BAGUIO CITY – The caretaker of Europa Condominium here at Barangay Mines View was mauled by two men who took his wallet containing cash of P3,000 and his Sony cellphone worth P3,000. 
 Police said the incident happened around 11:30 p.m. of May 22 along Modesta St. in the barangay where the complainant was identified as Eddie Macasakit y Mauricio, 52, married.
His assailants were named as Oliver Ciriaco and Clydon Tomas, both residents of Mines View. Investigation disclosed around 10:30 p.m. that day, the victim and his friend Kenneth Swida Alvin went to buy liquor at Pantew Bar in the area. While at said place, they were seen by the suspects who were drinking and were invited to drink. After consuming one bottle of Red Horse beer, victims paid their bill and both decided to go home. However, they were followed by the suspects who aided one another in mauling the victim and taking his personal belongings.
Responding cops brought the victim to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center for treatment while a case for physical injuries was prepared against the suspe

Crime down in Cordillera
BAGUIO CITY - A downward trend in crimes committed was reported during the Cordillera Regional Peace and Order Council last Wednesday at the Ridgewood residences, Lualhati barangay, here.
From January to April 2016, regionwide crime volume was 4,749; 1,674 index and 3,075 non- index; compared to 6,945 during the same period in 2015, Police Regional Office (PRO-Cordillera) Senior Supt. Brent Madjaco reported, a 31.62% decrease.
 During first quarter of 2015 and 2016, all Cordillera provinces registered decrease in crime:Abra, 69.27%; Apayao, 14.28%; Benguet, 50%; Ifugao, 21.11%; Kalinga, 78.34%; Mt. Province, 67.75%;  as with Baguio City, 24.15%;   
The reduced crime volume was attributed to 90% personnel assigned on patrol duty, and remaining to offices, it was known.
            There were also top wanted criminals arrested and firearms confiscated, as per report. 
In a report from PDEA regional director Juvenal Azurin, 135 barangays are drug-affected regionwide, from the earlier 124. Vehicles for hire are often used in the transport of said drugs. No laboratory exists in the region, Azurin clarified.     
Seizures of illegal and prohibited drugs were done in January up to April 2016, for crystalline Methamphetamine (shabu), Cannabis sativa (Marijuana) leaves, hash, bricks, seeds, seedlings, stalks and grown plants. A new form of illegal drugs, liquid shabu was also confiscated.
Coordination between and among the community, PNP and other agencies matter much in the war against illegal drugs, it was known.  
In an earlier meeting and during the forum the establishment of a drug rehabilitation venue is suggested at the Luis Hora Memorial Hospital in Bauko, Mt. Province.    
It was also requested during the forum that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) be informed of individuals having questionable drug and criminal backgrounds.        
In the DENR BantayGubat report, forest guards are still working against illegal activities, forest fires, encroachment and destruction over 290,742 hectare. They also do site clearing, fire line clearing, foot patrol, seedling potting and other plant nursery activities.
Indigenous seeds are also collected for preservation and planting, and in consonance with the National Greening Program (NGP).
In the comprehensive local integration program, 52 former rebels were assisted, with P132,300 administrative support; immediate financial assistance, P705,000; livelihood assistance, P2,300,000; firearm remuneration, P10,000 for a total of P3,147,300.00. -  Julie G. Fianza

Crime down in Baguio City
BAGUIO CITY- With slight fluctuations, a downward trend in crimes in the city was reported by the Baguio City Police Office during the second quarter City Human Rights, Justice, Peace and Order Council meeting at city hall last week.
The meeting was presided over by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, and attended by Councilors Roberto Ortega and Mike Lawana, Prosecutor Elmer Sagsago, Acting BCPO Director PSSupt. George Daskeo, National Police Commission (NaPolCom ) head Soledad Benwaren, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) head Gil Castro, Barangay Official Editha Ibarra, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Baguio Field Office head Evelyn Trinidad, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) officer April Rose Ayangwa, and other concerned agencies.
The BCPO report focused on crimes on a weekly basis. Theft cases top the list, with physical injuries and robbery next. There were a case each of motornapping and homicide, within four weeks. In April 20 to 26, there were 43 crimes committed; April 27 to May 3, 40; May 4 to 10, 50; and May 11 to 17, 35. Crimes slowly peaks at 4AM, drops during most of the day, up at 4 PM up to 5PM, down by 6PM and ups again at 7PM.
On illegal drugs, PDEA regional head Castro reported existence of liquefied shabu (Methamphetamine) in the city in addition to that in crystallized form. Liquid shabu is easy to ingest, while fruiting tops and stalks of Cannabis sativa (Marijuana or weed) are now preferred, Castro said. Solvents are commonly bought and used by children on streets, he added.   
Since January this year, 23 operations were conducted, 27 drug personalities arrested, and 140.2116 grams of Shabu and 1,709.51 grams Marijuana, three Marijuana seedlings, 2.4 ml liquid Shabu and other suspected illegal drugs were confiscated.
            According to Councilor Ortega, chair of the Human Rights, Justice, Public Protection and Safety, Peace and Order committee, a rehabilitation center for those addicted to illegal drugs is mulled. Ortega also said rewards are given to tipsters on drug pushers and merchandisers.      
As to a call for the creation of a crisis management committee, the body agreed on strengthening the existing functions to the CHRJPOC. Meanwhile, Napolcom officer Soledad Benwaren called on those interested to join the police force. Online applications for the Oct. 16, 2016 entrance examinations is on July 18 to 22, for Police Officers, July 25 to 29, and for all other positions, applications will be on Aug. 1-5. – Julie G. Fianza


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