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Abra war front

By Ginalyn Brioso

BANGUED, Abra  -- Even as military operations are ongoing to flush out New People’s Army guerillas in Malibcong, town elders, police, Army and provincial officials met in this capital town to address peace and security concerns following clashes between government troops and communist rebels.
Families fled their homes and schools closed as the military upped operations which included bombing of areas near residential areas.
To date, a food blockade imposed by the military is still on even as all persons entering the town are being checked and accosted by army troops.
This, after the police station of the municipality was assaulted by NPA rebels around 7:30 p.m. last March 12.
They tied three police officers and took all their guns, 7 M16 rifles and three pistols, four cellphones and a laptop.
The following day, the rebels ambushed a police convoy led by provincial police director Supt.  Alexander Tagum while on its way to reinforce Malibcong police. 
Five police officers were wounded in said incident.
Barangay chairman Claro Bugawit of Poblacion Malibcong said in the Bangued dialogue, during the NPA raid, he immediately gathered his barangay tanods and community leaders to respond to the police station upon hearing gunshots.
He said three NPA rebels stopped them as they approached but he talked them and convinced them not to hurt, abduct or kill the police.
He said the negotiation lasted 20 minutes and rebels returned the cop’s wallets but took their guns and gadgets.
Vice Mayor Joseph Duggay, who came from another far barangay to  Poblacion, reported he received a phone call after the incident from someone who claimed to be NPA member and that they will receive a message from them soon.
Col. Leopoldo Imbang Jr., Brigade Commander of 503rd Infantry Division commended Mablicong officials and community members for their bravery and valor in responding to the crisis and being able to convince the rebels not to abduct and harm the police.
“Wala pa akong nakita in my years of service na community at LGU ang nag-respond at dininig ng mga rebels. Maraming salamat at hindi napasama ang ating kapulisan.”

PNP Cordillera police director Chief Supt. Elmo Francis O. Sarona said, as requested by the community, they will deploy more Tingguian police officers in Malibcong who can understand their culture better. 


NCIP Cordi head hit for non- affirmation of Baguio IP rep

BAGUIO CITY – Roger D. Sinot, the selected indigenous people’s mandatory representative to the city council said regional National Commission on Indigenous Peoples Cordillera director Roland Calde made “several inconsistencies and very irresponsible statements” during the city council’s recent regular session on his selection which he said was unfair and uncalled for.   
Sinot was selected November last year as IPMR in what the Baguio NCIP office and a special regional review body of the issue ruled as “in order” and done according to NCIP rules and regulations and customs and traditions.
But to date, Calde has not yet issued certificate of affirmation so Sinot could sit as member of city council.
This, despite order from NCIP chairperson Leonor Quintayu to Calde for him to issue the COA during en  banc meeting here morning of March 20.
Instead, Calde sought audience with city council that afternoon which  immediately scheduled in agenda.
Among others, Calde told the city council selection of Sinot “had irregularities,” other indigenous peoples in Baguio were not consulted and he was not a registered voter of Baguio since he was registered in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.
This, despite ruling of the Commission on Elections that “in case of double  registration, the second registration is void and the first one subsists.”
The special regional NCIP review body cited this in its findings and had earlier given Calde copies of its findings saying   Sinot was earlier registered in Baguio. But still, Calde told the city council Sinot was not registered in Baguio.
Sinot furnished the city council Friday through Vice Mayor Edison R. Bilog position paper of NCIP Baguio office lawyer Harriet N. Abyadang and all staff dated March 10, 2017 to Calde regarding Sinot’s selection as IPMR.
Abyadang, and all her staff wrote Calde in a letter confirming “all processes in selection of Sinot were in order” contrary to allegations of three or four personalities from the Kalanguya and Kankanaey tribes.
They said notices on selection of IP representative and guidelines were posted in all city barangays, published in a newspaper of general circulation since October 2016.
The same was also announced through radio while letter invitations were personally delivered by members of the council of elders/leaders of ancestral lands claimants.
Invitation letters containing schedule of activities and request for an inspiration message were also sent to Mayor Mauricio Domogan, city council through Vice Mayor Edison Bilog, NCIP Ethnographic Commissioner for Cordillera Administrative Region and Region 1 lawyer Basilio Wandag and Calde as Cordillera NCIP director.
Abyadang and NCIP staff said series of public consultations had also been held on the issue thus on Nov. 4, 2016, IPMR aspirant/nominees were identified: Jackson Chiday, Basilio Binay-an, Phillip Canuto, Vicky Macay and Sinot.
Sinot was later elected and proclaimed first IPMR for Baguio.
Following this, Baguio indigenous elders signed resolution in favor of Sinot which included former Tuba, Benguet mayor Jose P. Baluda, former Dept. of Transportation and Communications Cordillera regional director Isabelo Cosalan Sr. who also headed later the regional National Telecommunications Commission, journalist David March L. Fianza, Philip Canuto, Michael Alos, Margarita Dong-e, Marie S. Kitma, Pancho Alinos, Jose Kani, Leilia Cuilan, Mario Vicente, Nheil S. Endrano and nominees Jackson Chiday and Basilio Binay-an.
A copy of the resolution was sent to the NCIP central office in Manila.
Following Sinot’s election, protesters Paul B. Pasigon and Gaspar Cayat said they were not informed of the selection process while lawyer Manuel Cuilan and Joselito Shontogan said there were irregularities in the process thus the NCIP special regional review body was created which affirmed the process was “in order” according to laws and indigenous customs and traditions.
This, even if Cuilan reportedly  presided the process.   
But despite this, Calde still refused to issue to the COA so Abyadang and NCIP staff in their letter told the regional director “refusing to address the issue is a mockery of a duly facilitated process in favor of a few personalities” (protesters). “Refusing to address the issue is delaying and in effect delaying the representation of ICCs/IPs to the City council of Baguio.”
The NCIP special regional review body also upheld Sinot’s selection, but still Calde didn’t issue the COA.
The review body was headed by lawyer Manuel G. Lumiqued, Michael Umaming, Gary Roger L. Tumapang and Crislyn H. Zarate.
Calde was urged by the review body in a letter dated Feb. 6, 2017 to issue to COA to Sinot considering all processes were in order. 
The Baguio Ancestral Land Claimants Executive Council of Elders had reiterated to Quintayu the need for Calde to issue the COA to Sinot during the en banc meeting.
Sinot, in a position paper also furnished to Bilog Friday received earlier by the NCIP March 14 cited a “very disturbing observation of Abyadang in their position paper of a “supporting affidavit of Mr. Paul Pasigon and Mr. Gaspar Cayat in support of the appeal protest that was subsequently filed on November 17, 2016, was not furnished the NCIP Baguio CSC,”  and likewise not furnished to the NCIP Baguio CSC were affidavits in support of the protest, from Atty. Manuel Cuilan and Joselito Shontogan,” submitted to the regional office on Dec. 1, 2016 for their office to appropriately comment and/or process so that the concerns raised by the protestants could have been objectively validated.”
Sinot said, “This brings about a very disturbing concern so much so that it questions the motive and objectivity of the regional director in keeping to himself and not routing to its natural course and making the appropriate referrals of the said vital documents containing vital information and accusations that needed clarifications and answers from the concerned individuals and those mentioned in the protest. It infringes on the issue of whether we can still trust judgment and objectivity of the regional (NCIP) director in properly handling this case.”
Sinot urged Calde to issue the COA considering indigenous peoples of Baguio were being deprived of their right to representation in the city council.
This as some sources said Sinot’s affirmation was also being politicized by quarters who don’t want him to assume office as IPMR due to selfish or obvious reasons considering he had been in the forefront in the fight for ancestral land rights not only in the city but in Benguet.
They said an NCIP official could be held liable in some land cases wherein some people like kankanaeys who are not Ibalois have applied or were able to  get certificates of ancestral land claims or domains in Baguio.

This considering historical accounts have documented only Ibalois were the first settlers of Baguio, thus they should only be the ones who could apply and get titles or certificates over ancestral land in the city.    


6 slain, 38 arrested in Central, North drug war

SIX MORE suspected drug pushers were killed in stings and by suspected vigilantes in Luzon last week while 38 were arrested.
On Wednesday Russel Lariosa, Nelson Rosales and Bernard Montañez reportedly shot it out with anti-drug operatives in Barangay First Look in Malolos City;
Albert Lopez, 30, alias Ambet, a resident of Sitio Dike in Barangay Banga 2nd in Plaridel, and Michael Reyes, alias Hug, of Tibag in Pulilan were walking in their barangays when unidentified men opened fire.
Sachets of shabu and guns were recovered from the fatalities, said Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, Bulacan police acting director.
Caramat said the fatalities were known drug pushers in their respective areas.
Meanwhile, police have yet to determine if Daycarlo Millare, 39, chairman of Barangay Budac in Tayum, Abra, who was gunned down by unidentified motorcycle-riding men is a drug pusher.
Twelve other drug suspects were arrested in stings in Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Pangasinan and Isabela on Wednesday.
On Monday, a drug suspect was killed while 26 more drug suspects were arrested in stings in Central and Northern Luzon that day. 
Police shot dead Anthony Hernandez, a resident of Barangay Bambang in Bocaue, Bulacan when he allegedly drew his gun when he sensed he sold shabu to undercover agents.
Police said 12 sachets of shabu a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition were recovered from Hernandez.
In Baguio City, police arrested Anthony T. Orpilla, 33, in his residence at Quezon Elementary School Compound, Military Cut Off Barangay,  Monday morning for keeping bullets and drug paraphernalia in his house.
Also arrested Monday in buy-bust operation in nearby La Trinidad, Benguet  were Lyndon Renz Chalano Jacinto, 21, laborer and Emil Rolloda Bernal, 32, technician, drug surrenderee, both of Western Buyagan.
Both were nabbed at Poblacion Tuesday evening. Seized from their possession were four sachets containing suspected shabu, P720 buy-bust money and two cell phones.
The following day afternoon, two drug suspects identified as Charles Nathaniel Padilla Ende a.k.a Matias Ende, 23, and Abdul Karim Sabaway Sambitory, 20, both laborers and residents of Banig, Tawang, La Trinidad, were arrested in the area.
Confiscated from them were sachets containing suspected shabu, two cell phones, P30,000 cash and P1,000 buy-bust money.
Meanwhile, at least P4.7 million worth of shabu was seized from several suspects also on Monday.
Among those arrested were Teresita Leonardo, 41, alias Meka, and Danilo Leonardo, 42, of Barangay Bonga Mayor in Bustos, Bulacan.
At least 841 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of P3 million, a weighing scale and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the suspects, police said.
Four barangay officials, three of them barangay captains, were arrested after sachets of shabu were reportedly recovered during raids on their residences in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija on March 26.
The village chiefs were identified as Armando Esmeralda of Natividad North, Noel Amurao (San Fernando Sur) and Vladimir Velasquez (San Juan North).
Also arrested was a certain Eduardo, a barangay councilman.
The raids were based on warrants issued by a local court.
Dante Aguinaldo, a pastor of the Church of Christ in Dingras, Ilocos Norte, was collared after a raid on his house in Barangay Parado yielded a caliber .22 rifle. The raid was based on a search warrant for illegal drugs.

At least 16 others were arrested in stings in Bulacan. –Ric Sapnu, Eva Visperas and Raymund Catindig


P3.7-M MJ seized; three men nabbed in Bauko

BAUKO, Mountain Province -- At least 15 kilos of dried marijuana leaves were seized from three drug suspects here last week at checkpoint in Barangay Sinto along Halsema Highway.
John Cario Reynera, 19; Kerwin Ortega, 22, and Angelito Dilao, 19, residents of Sampaloc, Manila, were collared in a Rising Sun bus (AYU-865) from Bontoc bound to Baguio City for carrying the marijuana leaves valued at P3.7 million.

Senior Supt. Tellio Ngis-o, Mountain Province police director, said they conducted the operation after being tipped off  suspects would transport the marijuana leaves from Bontoc. 


Benguet farmers expose ‘oppressive system’ at La Trinidad trading post

By Jenny M. Dayao        
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Farmers are still being victimized by an “oppressive system” imposed by middlemen at the trading post and public market here which they said had been going on for years.
Augusta Castaneda, president, and members of Pambansang Mannalon, Magbabaul, Mag-uuma, Magsasaka ng Pilipinas (P4MP)-Bokod, said middlemen at the areas where they deliver and sell their commodities, had been tricking and controlling them which resulted to millions of pesos lost.
She said middlemen buy their produce at very low prices. She added when there is an increase in price announced in the radio, middlemen do not follow it.
Some reportedly even tell farmers to sell their produce in radio stations. “Suda (middlemen) ti agkakakwarta (they are the ones gaining),” she said.
One farmer said, “addayu da (produce) nu agkilo da. Ket nu sumubli da bawasan da djay kilo nan (They stay away from us when they weigh our produce, and when they return, they do not declare the right volume.).”
She said farmers are aware of the estimated kilo of their produce and that five to ten kilos are deducted from estimated weight of their produce per sack.
Emilia Na-ag, an Atok farmer, said, “Ti ikasta mi nga ag-garden ditoy ket agkita kami ti pag-utangan mi. Nu adda ited djay disposer mi isu pag-utangan mi. Nu awan, apan kami adi agkita ti porsyentuen (Before planting, we usually look for individuals who can lend us capital. Usually, we borrow money from disposers. If there’s none, we look for someone who can lend money with interest).”
Amado William, a Buguias farmer said, “Utangen dagijay traders ti produkto mi, ket aguray kami pay,” adding there are times they are not immediately paid by traders of their products.
“Ti namnamaen mi nga amin nga farmers ah ket djay rigat mi met ah kuma ket makita mi nga sumayaat ti biyag mi. Ti posta ti biyag mi ket kasla agsubsubli lang rigat mi (We hope that our sweat and pains will be paid off, that our lives will become better. We are actually not gaining anything),” Na-ag said.
Farmers said they don’t have a specific market for their produce, one of the reasons why they can’t do anything when their vegetables are bought cheaply.
“Idjay marketing set-up, makita ti discrepancies; dagijay farmers suda ti agrigrigat, businessmen ti kumitkita ket suda pay ti agprespresyo (discrepancy is evident in the marketing set-up; the farmers who are working hard and the businessman who are earning more are the ones dictating the price). The farmers have been helpless with this system for a long time. Awan ti control ti farmer ijay pricing. Farmer kuma ti agpresyo ta suda ti akin ammu ti ginastos na (The farmers have no control of pricing when in fact, they should be the ones giving the price because they know their production cost),” said Jefferson Laruan, a farmer.
Ardan Copaz, Benguet AgriPinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) trading post operation management director, said the current existing trading system has many controversies, which BAPTC aims to straighten.
One of these is need for disposers or middlemen to be fair in their dealings with the farmers.

He said middlemen who control farmers and buyers will have no place at the BAPTC. 


Sandigan junks graft raps against Pangasinan mayor

By Elizabeth Marcelo

ANDA, Pangasinan -- The mayor of this town has been cleared of graft in connection with the lease of heavy equipment.
In a seven-page resolution released last week, the Sandiganbayan First Division granted the motion of Aldrin Cerdan to dismiss the case for violation of his right to its speedy disposition.
Court records show that a complaint was filed against Cerdan before the Office of the Ombudsman on Aug. 15, 2012 for entering into a lease agreement with JASA Builders without approval of the Sangguniang Bayan.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales approved the resolution finding probable cause to file a case only on March 18, 2016.
It took another 10 months to file the case.
 “Such delay is inordinate and unreasonable considering that the issue involved in the case is not complex,” the ruling penned by Associate Justice Efren de la Cruz read.

The court ordered the lifting of the hold departure order it issued against Cerdan as well as the return of the P30,000 bond that he posted. 


Transport leaders urge Duterte: Kill colorum drivers, LTO execs

By Nelson Bolos

PANIQUI, Tarlac -- “Desperate and helpless,” transport leaders here urged President Rodrigo Duterte to “kill” colorum owners and drivers and Land Transportation Office officials.“Masyado na kaming kinakawawa, wala na kaming mapuntahan, kaya umaapela kami kay Presidente (Duterte) na ipag-utos niya na pagpapatayin na lamang ang mga colorum drivers at operators, pati na ang mga taga-LTO,” said Bernie Fajardo, chairman of the Tarlac-Moncada-Gerona-Paniqui Transport Cooperative Inc. (TAMOGEPA).
TAMOGEPA records show the transport group have submitted letter-complaints to LTO Region 3 Director Marina De Jesus and former Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region 3 Director Zona Russet Tamayo on March 12, 2016, and also to LTO local offices in Tarlac City and Paniqui but nothing came out on their request to apprehend colorum UV vans plying their franchise route.
Similar complaints were also submitted to the mayors of Tarlac City, Gerona and Paniqui including the former PNP Region 3 Director Chief Supt Rudy Lacadin who is now retired.
It was, however, found that Paniqui, Gerona and Tarlac City have no local ordinances penalizing the operation of colorum vans, only ordinances against operation without business permit.  
“Walang nangyayari, araw-araw dumadami pa ang mga colorum, dahil ayaw talaga nilang hulihin ang mga ito simula pa noong 2010. Halos pitong taon na nila kaming ninanakawan ng aming lehitimong hanapbuhay”, also said Fajardo. 
TAMOGEPA earlier submitted their complaint to Malacanang seeking the relief and investigation of LTO officials in Tarlac City and Paniqui, including the LTO region 3 officials, but they received a belated response only last January that it was referred to the DOTR but the operation of the more than 200 colorum vans continued.
“Ginoong Presidente, kung nararapat patayin ang mga drug pushers, mas nararapat sigurong patayin ang mga colorum drivers, operators at mga taga-LTO dahil mahigit 6 na taon na nila kaming pinapahirapan at patuloy nilang binabastos ang batas trapiko. Walang silang takot sa inyo”, added Fajardo.   
Last July, out of TAMOGEPA’s complaint, now retired region 3 PNP director Lacadin then ordered former Gerona police chief Supt Ariel Red to apprehend colorum vans passing in front the Gerona police station daily and turn them over to LTO offices. Angered by the order, instead of apprehending colorum, Red turned his ire on the TAMOGEPA jipney units and drove them away from the vacant lot which they rented as sub-terminal along the Mac Arthur highway.    
Since last year only around 10 colorum vans were “apprehended” by the LTO officials but these were later on released and still continue to operate.
Last month, one of the unmarked colorum UV express (ADG 6367) owned by Insp. Jeffrey De Guzman was apprehended and impounded by the PNP PRO 3-assisted LTFRB Regional Anti Colorum Task force but since then, according to Fajardo, 3 brand new uv vans were added to the fleet of illegal public utility vehicles.
According to TAMOGEPA member Januard Mendoza, De Guzman’s other UV van (ACM 1943) is still plying the road as colorum.
“Noon pag naghuhuli sila moro’moro lamang. Nayong ayaw ng manghuli ng colorum ang mga taga LTO Paniqui at Tarlac City, kaya patuloy ang operation ng mga illegal at wala ng batas trapiko ang umiiral dito,” Fajardo said. 



Man mauled, killed in La Trinidad 
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A young man was killed after he was mauled here Tuesday around 10 p.m. by still unidentified men.
A police report said the incident happened at swamp area in Barangay Puguis wherein the victim was identified as Denver Munar Belen, 18, unemployed, of Western Buyagan.
Police got a phone call from Benguet General Hospital around 10:45 p.m. saying a mauling victim was brought there.
Investigation disclosed the victim was brought at around 10:22 p.m. by two females and four male persons in a Toyota FX with plate No. UJM 457 to the BeGH where he was declared dead at around 12:15 a.m. by Dr. Lizette Refuerzo who said cause of death was neurogenic shock. Police are still trying to identify the victim’s maulers.

2 teens drown in Agno River
SAN CARLOS CITY, Pangasinan – Two teenage girls drowned in Agno River in this city on Monday.
Mary Jane Tamayo, 15, and Michelle Sudio, 13, Grade 8 students of the Salinap High School, were declared dead on arrival at the Virgen Milagrosa Hospital.
Investigation showed the victims, who went swimming with their friends, went to a deeper part of the river. – Eva Visperas

Widower arrestedfor attempted murder
BAGUIO CITY – A 63-year-old widower was arrested here Tuesday for trying to kill his neighbor around 2:45 p.m. at No. 81 Purok Magsaysay, Loakan Proper.
The victim named as Michael Villaduz Dumagcao, 40, driver and resident of said house filed complaint for attempted murder against his neighbor Perfector Aniban Mabalot of No. 235 Purok Magsaysay, Loakan Proper.
Police investigation disclosed while the victim was resting inside his bedroom, the suspect entered in their house and without any words attacked and swung using kitchen knife against the victim who defended himself using a blanket. He was not hurt until a relative of the suspect came and pacified Mabalot. Dumagcao sought police assistance which resulted in the arrest of the suspect.

Man found dead under uprooted pine tree
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A farmer was found dead near the Busol Watershed here by his son, identified as Jordan A. Daniwis , 22 an overseas foreign worker around 10 a.m. Monday.
A police report said Jordan found his father Esculy Ponciano Daniwis, 41, barangay volunteer in maintaining nursery and resident of AU-261 Upper Ambiong, La Trinidad.
Investigation disclosed around 6:30 a.m. of March 26, the victim took his chain saw and informed Jordan Daniwis that he will go to the mountain and will be back before 9 a.m. of same date. However, the victim did not return which prompted Jordan to look for his father. While at the mountain, he met a certain Claro Pitas who accompanied him and they saw the lifeless body of the victim under the roots of the uprooted pine tree with the chain saw beside him. The victim was brought at their residence. At press time, it was not known if the victim’s wife was amenable for an autopsy.

Dolores, Abra bocap arrested for rape
DOLORES, Abra – Police arrested Lub-luba barangay chairman Leonardo Trinidad Advincula, 45 here Monday for rape. This, after
Corpuz B. Alzate, presiding judge of RTC, Branch 2, Bangued issued warrant for his arrest with no bail recommended.

4 suspects nabbed for illegal drugs
BAGUIO CITY – Police recently arrested four suspects here for illegal drugs.  
Danilo Panis Suguitan, 47, of Pinsao Proper, and Raul Fontanilla Dacpano, 28, of Cabinet Hill, were arrested night of March 18 fronting Caltex Station, Upper Session Road, DPS Compound for having in his possession 30 pieces of plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, a cell phone phone, and  P500 buy-bust money.
The following day, another three drug dealers were arrested inside Molly’s Inn, Kayang St. identified as Matty Andrada Llanes, 33; Roel Aberin Salude, 40; andAbegail Abenes Calawagan, 19. 
Confiscated from their possession were 16 pieces of plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and marijuana leaves with a total Dangerous Drug Board Value of P12,075 and buy-bust money.

2 men arrested in Bulacan drug stings
SAN DEL MONTE CITY, Bulacan -- Renato Tuliao, 45, a resident of Barangay Sapang Palay here and Reneir Allan Cruz, 31, of Tiaong in Baliwag were arrested in stings. They reportedly yielded a total of 17 sachets of shabu with an estimated value of over P100,000.

Farmer stabs young man in graduation party
BANGUED, Abra – Police launched a manhunt against a farmer for stabbing a young man during a graduation party here Tuesday around 11 p.m. in Cosili East.
Following this, police received a phone call saying a victim of stabbing was rushed to Seares Memorial Hospital here who was later identified as Christian Jay Tagura Domingo, 19, of Wayya, Velasco, Tayum while  the suspect was named as Jerwin Cabadsan, 25, of Sitio Barbarit, Cosili East.
Investigation disclosed the victim and his friend, Concepcion Purisima, 21, attended graduation party  of Mary Joy Cabadsan (girlfriend of the victim) in Cosili East and had drinking session with other visitors.
After consuming several bottles of liquor, the victim asked permission from the mother of Cabadsan to go home when the suspect went near the victim and asked what went wrong and why he was leaving.  The victim ignored the suspect and went near his motorcycle but the suspect ran towards him holding a knife and stabbed the victim once.
Domingo was stabbed on his chest and rushed in critical condition to SMH for medical treatment. The suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident.

3 men enter girlie bar; charged with theft, estafa  
BAGUIO CITY – Three men are now in  hot water for going inside a girlie bar here Tuesday night around 11 p.m., not paying their bill, and stealing personal items of employees.
Police said the incident happened inside Three Angels Girly Bar here along Marcos Highway, Bakakeng Central with suspects named as Arnel A. Lapastura, 18; Jospeh Lapastura and Robert P. Monar, all residing at here Barangay Bakakeng, Crystal Cave area and natives of Gen Tinio, Nueva Ecija. 
Investigation disclosed the trio went to the establishment and consumed drinks. Later. Arnel went inside the room of female entertainers and was then caught taking personal belongings. He was subdued by Juniel Asanion, 24, bouncer. When said suspect was frisked, he yielded a Cherry Mobile cell phone, portable video DVD Coby and Tribal T-shirt worth P900.. Said recovered items were owned by complainant, a dancer who said her pair of earrings worth P2,000 was also missing. The three suspects who were not able to pay their P920 bill were arrested and charged for theft and estafa.

Laborer jailed for attempted rape 
BANAUE, Ifugao – A laborer was arrested here Tuesday for attempted rape at Tam-an. The suspect was named as Nathaniel A. Bogwana 26, of Talboc, Mayoyao town.
This after arrest warrant was issued against him by Ester L. Piscoso-Flor, presiding judge, RTC, Banaue who set bail of P120,000 for his temporary liberty.

Laborer, technician
nabbed for shabu 
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Two persons were nabbed in a buy-bust operation here Tuesday around 7 p.m. at Poblacion. Arrested were Lyndon Renz Chalano Jacinto, 21, labourer and Emil Rolloda Bernal, 32, technician and drug surrenderee.
Seized from them were shabu, P720 buy-bust money and two cell phones. Barangay kagawad Manuel Amoy and media practitioner Jorton Campana witness the inventory of seized items.

Man charged for malicious mischief, threats in Tuba
TUBA, Benguet – A man was charged for malicious mischief and threats for damaging a vehicle even as the owner’s father in law was watching.  
Police said the incident happened Monday around 9:35 p.m. at
Osio Road, Tadiangan based on account of Rickson Vidaña Bala-oy, 38, accountant, who filed complaint against their neighbor Earl Frederick Dacanay. Investigation disclosed that Bala-oy’s father-in-law, Roy Cagayanan, saw the suspect punching and kicking the rain guard of the so he confronted the suspect why he was doing it but instead of stopping, the suspect got irked and kicked the victim’s gate repeatedly while  repeatedly shouting saying “Ricky, may araw ka rin. . Papatayin kita” Dacanay went to vehicle again and boxed its back wind shield while shouting.
At that, the suspect’s father came out and pacified the suspect but the latter became more unruly. The suspect climbed the vehicle’s front hood stepping and destroying the license plate holder then stomped on the hood.
The vehicle incurred dents on its left front fender, detached license plate holder, scratched hood, broken driver’s side rain guard and scratched driver’s side door frame.

Drunk Cafgu members hurt in road accident
BANGUED, Abra – A motorcycle driver and his rider, both drunk, were injured here Wednesday around 1:50 a.m. when they lost control of their vehicle along Abra-Kalinga National road in Barangay Patucannay. The motorcycle, without plate number was driven by Edgar Danao Lingbawan, 28 while his rider was named Jaddy Dannang Wacquisan, 27, both members of Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit based in Pitao, Tayum town.
                Investigation bared the  motorcycle was traversing the said road coming from Bangued going to Tayum when the driver lost control of the steering and swerved on side of the road. Both were injured and rushed by responding cops to Abra Provincial Hospital for treatment and confined thereat. The motorcycle was also damaged and taken into custody by Bangued police.

Guns, bullets seized in Flora, Apayao
FLORA, Apayao -- Silverio S. Juan was arrested in his residence here at Purok Guinto, Poblacion East early morning of March 24for keeping firearms and ammunitions without documents. Seized from him were were a Cal. 45 handgun, magazine and 17 bullets for Cal. 45; 18 fired bullets of Cal 45 and one long firearm. 

Man nabbed, 2 escape in illegal gambling raid
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A certain Raul Pataweg Bantiyan, 30, of Atok, Benguet was caught playing card games in a building near Kollebeng refilling station here at Upper Tomay morning of March 24, while his two companions evaded arrest.
Playing cards and P1,200 bet money were confiscated by cops from the suspect.

 Thieves in rice heist still unidentified 
BAGUIO CITY – Police have yet to identify thieves who robbed a store here around 4 a.m. on March 26 and carted away 132 sacks of rice and P10,000 cash.    
A police report said the incident happened at Rommel’s Grain Retailer, Engineers Hill Barangay, store of Rommel Acosta Ulat, 39,  of Scout Barrio.
Investigation disclosed that Rodel Saclayan Santiago and his companion Mark Cabanilla y Penamura, both sales clerks of said establishment conducted inventory before closing the store around 9 p.m. of March 25. On March 26,t around 5:45 a.m., Santiago was about to open the store when he noticed padlock hinges were forcibly removed and items were missing.
Cops found no fingerprints. Footages of CCTV the barangay and one installed at nearby Miguel’s Bar were checked by police who have yet to report on the matter.

Man finds gun along Kennon road

TUBA, Benguet -- A 9mm Armscor pistol loaded with magazine and bullets was turned over here to police here of Camp 1, Kennon Road by a certain Michael Elis Leano. The latter admitted to have discovered said firearm along the road in the area on March 11 around 8 a.m.


Teacher shot dead by father-in-law

KABUGAO, Apayao – A school teacher was allegedly shot dead by his father in law here at Sta Pukaw, Poblacion around 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Police identified the victim as Jaime Tamayao Enciso, 45, who was allegedly shot by his father in-law, Peter Patayan, 68, retired government employee.
               Investigation disclosed prior to incident, victim arrived at their house allegedly under influence of liquor looking for his wife who was at her father’s house, adjacent to theirs, preparing for their travel going to Luna town.
A police report said Tamayao threw stones thrice at the house of his father in-law and a heated argument ensued between them.
The suspect went out of their house and followed the victim inside his house holding a handgun and shot the former.
The suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident while the victim was rushed to Kabugao District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician.
The victim suffered one gunshot wound on his left chest.
Responding personnel police found a fired Ca. 45 bullet in crime site. Police are still looking for Patayan.


Two men stabbed dead in Tabuk City

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Two men were stabbed dead here Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. by two still unidentified men.
Police said the incident happened at San Francisco, Dagupan Weste in front of Las Vegas Hotel.
The victims identified as Brix Digmo Lumbag, 22, farmer and Norman Sinmay Anniban, both of Laya West, arrived at the hotel  on board of their motorcycles described as Rusi 150, (BY1152) and Motoposh, ( BC67202).
The security guard named as William Gackkad Cayabo, 27, told them there was no available table after which they left the area.
After few minutes, Cayabo went outside the hotel gate and saw two men running eastward.
He saw a person sprawled in a pool of blood prompting him to seek for help.
Police responded and saw two victims identified later as Lumbag and Anniban sprawled and bloody on the road.
Lumbag had multiple stab wounds while Anniban was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead on arrival due to multiple stab wounds.


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