Poll bets for top posts air ‘solutions’ to Baguio woes

>> Thursday, April 28, 2016

BAGUIO CITY – Candidates for top positions in this summer capital bared their “solutions” to problems of the city like pollution, decongestion, squatting and traffic.    
And if there is a problem facing Baguio that really stands out, it is overcrowding or congestion. That, as far as two mayoralty candidates and two congressional bets are concerned.
Mayoralty bet, Jose “Joemol” Molintas believes that the BLISTT (Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay) concept may yet provide the answer to the city’s problem of an uncontrolled and ever increasing population.
Molintas, a lawyer said, the sooner the idea is pushed, the better for Baguio as it answers the need to decongest most of the city’s 128 barangays.
Meanwhile, another mayoralty bet, retired regional trial court judge Del Claravall, along with candidates for congressman, engineer Bernardo M. Vergara and Mark Go have come up with their own versions of decongesting the city.
In his campaign material, Claravall who appealed through his “Bangon Baguio Bangon” statement said there is a need to solve traffic congestion, improve water supply and control real estate over-development – concerns that are all related to over-population.
In a previous political forum, businessman Mark Go proposed the creation of an agency such as a BLISTT Development Authority that could address congestion in the city caused by unregulated development.
The congressional bet said, this can help expand the reach of development, commerce and economy outside Baguio.
For his part, Vergara who was a 4-term congressman from 1992 to 2001 said that finishing the circumferential roads which were started during his term could help disperse the population outside Baguio.
Molintas said the BLISTT is an idea that can disperse economic activities such as tourism, education and business around Baguio’s neighboring towns in Benguet.
He claimed that being an Ibaloy, it would give him more the advantage to deal with the leaders of these towns.
“Population is uncontrollable. With the implementation of BLISTT, people will spread out instead of congesting in Baguio. Starting a low-cost housing project and building rent-to-own houses will convince informal settlers to move out from the city,” Molintas said, underscoring the need to stop constructing housing subdivisions that only attract outsiders.
The BLISTT concept makes more sense than favoring the construction of layered parking lot at Burnham Park which is the only remaining wide space for children to run around, Molintas said.
He is not in favor of replacing the public market with a four-story shopping mall as this will only help attract crowds.
The media bureau of the local Timpuyog Party did not issue a press statement on programs or platforms of Mayor Mauricio Domogan who is running for the same post.
 Rep. Nicasio Aliping Jr., who is also seeking reelection did not also issue a press statement on his programs.
Aliping was recently indicted by the Ombudsman for “illegal cutting of trees” at Mt Sto. Tomas had been hounded by residents and netizens who launched a campaign against him for this.  
This, as Vergara urged his rivals for the congressional seat to disclose before the people their health and medical records to prove how physically, mentally and psychologically fit they are to serve as the city’s congressman in the next three years.
Dismissing what he termed as “black propaganda,” the former solon said claims raised this election that he is “just an aging, sickly man who deserves to be retired from the rigors of public office” were unfounded.
It was reportedly an issue that outraged senior citizens and elderly groups who expressed disgust over the discriminating remarks.
“I am very much in good health, have not had any medical or surgical procedures, and I continue to lead a clean, healthy lifestyle. I can very well do the job with the same energy, focus, and determination that have marked my past congressional terms,” he said.
He added he has never thought that one’s physical health or condition was a campaign issue, pointing out that “age is just a number,” and not a hindrance in public service.
 “Dapat pag-usapan, hindi edad, kundi abilidad, kalidad, at higit sa lahat, integridad,” he said.
Addressing the issue of his health, Vergara urged his opponents to bare their medical records for people to know who had heart bypass operations and who are psychologically unfit to handle the pressures of the job.
“Maglabasan na tayo ng ating mga health and medical record nang magka-alaman na! As for me, I am confident enough of my own health condition. “I have not had any hospitalization or surgery at all. I have managed my health well enough to remain fit for the job. I sincerely hope that my rivals are of the same condition,” he added.
Vergara asked his rivals to join him in a public display of their health condition at a time and place of the next congressional debate. “Kung  dapat pag-usapan ang bagay na ito sa eleksyong ito, sige na, ipaalam natin ang tunay na kundisyon ng ating kalusugan.”
He said the coming election is a fresh opportunity for citizens to nurse hopes for Baguio to move forward, based on platforms as against promises, on character as against character assassination, on competence against compromises.
“Abilidad, kalidad, integridad ang dapat na pag-usapan. Diyan tayo magkakasubukan,” Vergara said.


6 dead in North Luzon vehicular accidents

By Raymund Catindig

TUGUEGARAO CITY – Six persons died while six others were injured in separate vehicular accidents in Ilocos Sur, Cagayan and Apayao on Tuesday.
Mazon’s motorcycle ended up in the path of a bus, which ran over the motorcycle, according to provincial police spokesman Chief Insp. Greg Guerrero. The bus was driven by Joel de los Santos.
Lozano and his companion, Joemar Javillonar, were taken to the Sta. Lucia District Hospital, where they were listed in critical condition.
De los Santos surrendered to the police after the accident.
In Cagayan, septuagenarian Emilia Samoy and her relative James Andres, 43, died when a tractor hit their house in Barangay Catayauan, Lal-lo town.


Ifugao Peoples Agenda bared for local bets

LAGAWE , Ifugao –  The Ifugao Peoples Agenda headed by the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) and Makabayan Ifugao, enumerated common aspirations of various sectors in Ifugao especially poor farmers.
This will serve as a guideline for local politicians to address key concerns of the Ifugao people. These include:
 1.      Respect for rights over our ancestral domains. The government and the business sector should always respect and recognize our collective rights to our ancestral land and resources, especially the fulfillment of a full and proper Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process.
2.      Denounce and stop the use of extra-judicial killings, force, repression, vilification, intimidation and harassment to silence the people in asserting their Indigenous Peoples Rights to their Ancestral Lands and their Human Rights.
3.      Recognize and respect the rights of indigenous peoples' to self-determination and genuine regional autonomy.
4.      Respect the civil and political rights of the people in organizing themselves into people's organizations, indigenous people's organizations, cooperatives, and associations and respect the conduct of peaceful activities and demonstrations.
5.      Ensure food security and people's welfare. Provide programs on sustainable agriculture and demand increase in agricultural budget to be used in the Barangays.
6.      Provide necessary measures that ensures fair price of farmers' products.
7.      Ensure the delivery of basic social services such as education, health care, potable water, electricity and roads instead of prioritizing military expenditures and debt servicing in the national budget.
8.      Ensure the democratic representation and participation of our people in all levels of government. Decisions and policy making that may affect the people and their communities, recognize elder's participation in decision making process.
9.      Promote a culture of democracy, critical thinking and openness to innovations while upholding our cultural integrity as indigenous communities.
10.  Raise the awareness of communities on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law, especially communities that are affected by the armed conflict.
11.  Support the resumption of peace negotiations between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
12.  Uphold and respect equal rights regardless of societal status and gender especially women and children. Ensure the implementation of the GAD fund to be used by those who are really in need.
13.   Legislate salary increases for workers and government employees, and other benefits for the people such as the Social Security Services (SSS) pensions and others alike.
14.  Uphold democratic rights and welfare of youth and students.
15.   No to graft and corrupt practices. Scrap pork barrel and uphold transparency in public finance.

16.   Fight against traditional politics; promote politics based on principles and commitment to genuine public service and general welfare of the people.


COA to Kabayan tourism group: Give P7.9 M fees to LGU

KABAYAN, Benguet -- The Commission on Audit has ordered a private cultural and tourism group in this town to transfer over P7.9 million it collected for three years from tourists to the municipal government of Kabayan.
The Mystical Kabayan Tourism Culture and Arts Council Inc. (MKTCAC), which was reportedly organized by Kabayan Mayor Faustino Aquisan, was ordered to stop collecting cultural and green fees from mountaineers visiting Mt. Pulag located here.
Aquisan is running for vice governor in Benguet.
The COA ordered municipal treasurer Janice Pucay to assume collection of fees from the group.
State auditor Nadelline Orallo said the collection has not been remitted to the coffers of the municipal government.
Records showed that in 2011, the municipal government implemented an ordinance seeking to collect fees from mountaineers and tourists visiting the mountain.
In the same year, the mayor, along with municipal employees and officials, reportedly established a non-stock, non-profit private association, which they named the MKTCAC.
In a complaint filed in 2013, anti-graft advocate Mary Grace Bandoy said Aquisan created the municipal tourism, culture and the arts council, which had the same function and purpose as that of the MKTCAC.
The council was also composed of the same officers.
Bandoy said since 2013, the municipal government has not reported any income from the green fees despite the growing number of tourist arrivals.


Former Bulacan vice mayor dies in ambush

By Franco G. Regala

PANDI, Bulacan — The former vice mayor of this town was killed by a lone gunman here along Barangay Manatal Monday evening.
Town police head Chief Insp. Victor Gatdula Bernabe, identified the slain victim as Roberto Rivera, 62, businessman resident of Barangay Bunsuran, Pandi.
Bernabe said that the victim was on board a White Nissan (pick-up) with plate No. UHU-942 on his way home to Barangay Bunsuran after his visit to his farm in Barangay Bagbaguin and upon reaching Barangay Manatal, one of the unidentified gunmen shot him several times on the head and body.
The suspect fled on foot and boarded a tricycle driven and upon reaching the TODA  terminal of Manantan, Pandi,  transferred to another tricycle.
The victim was brought to Rogaciano Mercado Memorial Medical Center in Sta. Maria, Bulacan where he was pronounced dead on arrival (DOA). He sustained three gunshot wounds on his head and two on his body.
Recovered from the crime scene were five empty shells, one live bullet and one deformed slug of caliber 45.
During the conduct of follow-up operation, a CCTV review showed that the suspect was being backed-up by a dark green Toyota Corolla with plate No. TFZ 612.


Isabela, Nueva Ecija election bets killed

By Raymund Catindig

TUGUEGARAO CITY– Two village chiefs in Isabela and Nueva Ecija, who were running for councilor, were shot dead night of April 14.
Heinrich Apostol of Barangay San Isidro in Jones, Isabela was having a drinking spree with Jimmy Balmilero, chairman of Barangay Dicamay 1, around 8 p.m. when a man appeared from behind and shot him.
Apostol died at the scene from a gunshot to the head. Balmilero was wounded and brought to a hospital for treatment.
Isabela elections supervisor Erwin Valeroso said Jones was added to the list of election “areas of concern” amid a spate of killings in the town.
In Talavera, Nueva Ecija, San Pascual barangay chairman Gerald Fermin was attending a wake when motorcycle-riding men shot him at close range.  


Baguio’s Verzosa wins as Ms Binibining International

By Jobelle Anselmo Batanes

BAGUIO CITY -- For the first time in the history of the Summer Capital of the Philippines, the candidate of this city, Kylie Verzosa (No.31) was crowned Bb. International on the prestigious Search for Bb. Pilipinas 2016 April 17 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Kylie also bagged two minor awards; Ms. Manila Bulletin and She’s So Jag on coronation night.
“The person who deserves to win the Bb.Pilipinas crown tonight is the person who worked hard for it and is willing to do everything to continue the legacy of the Philippines. She is confident with an attitude and has a personality and I believe I am her,” answered Kylie Verzosa when asked the question, “Why do you deserve to win a Bb. Pilipinas crown tonight?” by USA Universe, Olivia Jordan during question and answer portion.
Kylie is a 24 year old,  5'7" and with vital statistics of 32½ - 25½ - 32½ . She was awarded one of Cosmo’s Sexiest Models in 2013.
She is also a member of the Philippine Model Association of the Philippines.
At an early age of 14 she was modeling in Singapore and Hong Kong and was a recipient of the Model of the Year Award by the Fashion Council of Baguio City at 16.
She was an academic achiever since her pre-school and belongs to the Science Class of Saint Louis University Laboratory High School in Navy Base, Baguio City.
She is also a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 2013 at Ateneo de Manila. Last year, she also represented Baguio City in the same nationwide battle of beauty and wits and bagged Ms. Philippine Airline Awards among the Top 15. Ms. International is the eldest daughter among the five children of Ari and Raquel Versoza, who were both former flight attendants and now business owners in Baguio.
In 1985, her mother, Raquel Verzosa, also joined the Bb. Pilipinas and was chosen as one of the Top 10.
In interview, Kylie revealed she likes to surf, read books, bake, compose songs, and writes her journal every day.
Her greatest asset for her is her personality. She is bubbly and loves to make other people feel good about themselves and wants to motivate them to have high self-esteem for them to be positive and happy.
“People think that I am not approachable. They have to get to know the real me. I love being with people and like what I mentioned, I value relationships. I am easy to talk to. I like helping people that is why I volunteered to assist in the Natasha Goulborn Foundation to help people who suffer from depression. I know I can help them,” Kylie said when asked the common notion of people about her.
She is also proud for representing the City for she believes that the people here are naturally friendly, warm and caring.
She also wants to promote beautiful tourist spots in the Baguio especially Wright Park, Burnham Park, BenCab Museum, Tam-awan Viilage, Mines View Park, and Camp John Hay.
When asked to describe the real Kylie she answered, “I am strong but a simple person. I love having fun and exploring new places and things. I love family and friends and I value relationships. I value honesty, integrity, and hard work. I like reading books, spending time with nature, good music, and time with loved ones.”
Kylie also aims to promote mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being and to spread message of balancing whole lifestyle especially to the youth who have a bright future ahead of them.
After the coronation, Kylie thanked her supporters on Instagram, "I am still in awe. I can't believe it. I am ecstatic and overjoyed. I am so grateful to have this moment; it took some time to sink in. Thank you to everyone who supported me, especially to my Angels, you were also the stars of the night. To my parents, you are the best. I love you. To Aces and Queens, Mama Rommel, Mac, Harry, Francis. Thank you for believing and helping me win that night.I'll be representing the Philippines for Miss International 2016 and I promise I won’t let you down."
The other winners are: Maxine Medina – Ms. Universe Philippines, Ms. Joanna Eden – Bb. Pilipinas Supranational, Ms. Jennifer Hammond – Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental, Ms. Nichole Manalo – Bb. Pilipinas Globe, Ms. Nicole Cordoves – Bb. Pilipinas Frand International.
The Runners-up are: Ms. Angelica Alita – 1st Runner Up and Ms. Jehza Mae Huelar – 2nd Runner-up



>> Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Female security guard shoots self dead
BAGUIO CITY – A female security guard here was killed after she shot herself in the head Wednesday around 6:55 p.m., apparently after a quarrel with her live-in partner.
Police identified the victim as Marjorie Padtoc Dichoso, 36, of the City Engineering Office, Motor Pool at Lower Rock Quarry.
Her live-in partner, a female and also security guard of same office was named as Janet Aquino Soriano, 32. Both were residents at LC-136 Rockyside, Lubas, La Trinidad, Benguet.
 Initial investigation revealed that on Wednesday around 6:55 p.m., a burst of gunfire was heard by security guards at the main gate that prompted one of the security guards identified as Romel Fuentes Adante, 42 to check.
At the area, he saw Soriano lying on the ground while Dichoso was holding a handgun.
Adante asked Discocho to put her gun down but she pointed the gun at him and squeezed the trigger but the gun failed to fire.
Dichoso then reloaded her gun and shot herself on her head that caused her instant death.
Responding cops rushed Soriano to Benguet General Hospital and Medical Center for medical attention while police headed by Senior Insp. Hiquiana found Dichoso’s body  holding a Cal. 9mm pistol  in her right hand with an empty magazine.
Two unfired bullet were found at the scene. Dichoso’s body was brought to St. Peter Chapel.

Tineg bocap surrenders gun
TINEG, Abra -- Edward Molina Gavino, 42, barangay captain of Apao here surrendered  a shotgun to police in support of the PNP’s campaign against illegal firearms.

Miner nabbed for illegal drugs
BANGUED, Abra – Police arrested Thursday a certain Bonifacio Manzano Garcia, 32, miner resident of Poblacion, Lacub for illegal drugs 
Confiscated from the suspect were several sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu. Dexter Abella, media representative and Joel Guzman, barangay kagawad of Lipcan, Bangued, witnessed the arrest of Garcia who was jailed at the local police station.

Cook arrested after stabbing partner
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A cook was arrested at Barangay Puguis here after she allegedly stabbed her partner below the armpit around 9 p.m. of April 12.  Renilou Magbangwa, 35 and companions were drinking liquor at nearby shop beside their residences when he was called by the suspect because their baby girl was crying. When the victim went aside their boarding house, they had verbal alteration that led to manhandling of the mother who retaliated by grabbing a kitchen knife and allegedly stabbed the victim.
Magbangwa was rushed to the Benguet General Hospital by his companions for treatment and confined at the surgical ward. Both parties agreed to settle the matter amicably. – Princess Natividad

 Thief attacks 50-year-old man; takes his money
 BAGUIO CITY -A 50-year-old man was struck on his forehead with a stone at Rizal Park April 18 around 11 p.m.
Hernan Cruz Leckias was attacked by still unidentified man who forcibly took his cash worth  P 1,500. The victim said he went to the park to wait for somebody after a drinking activity at Kayang Street. While seated at the chain around Rizal Park bust, the man approached him then attacked him. He managed to run away while blood was oozing from his head. He  boarded a taxi along KMS Bus Terminal along Chanum Street and was brought the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. – Leoniel Perez

2 young men nabbed for sniffing shabu inside trike 
BANGUED, Abra – Cops arrested two young men here Wednesday for sniffing shabu aboard a tricycle.
Suspects were identified as Wilfredo Millare Abella, 22, single, employee of OPVET Breeding Stationa and Jonard Agaloos Millare, 23,  unemployed. 
Cops were patrolling the road at Barangay Bacsil Angad when they caught the suspects sniffing shabu aboard a Black Euro 150 tricycle parked in the dark portion of the road. confiscated from the suspects were a Cal. 38 revolver, loaded with four bullets, knife, four plastic sachets allegedly containing shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Inventory was witnessed by barangay chairman Ronie Bringas of Angad and Dexter Abella, reporter of DZPA.  

P660K marijuana plants destroyed in Benguet
BAKUN, Benguet -- More than P660,000 worth of marijuana plants were uprooted and burned in plantations here in Sitios Owasan, Maingan and Nagawa in Barangay Kayapa April 16-17.
 Chief Supt. Ulysses J. Abellera, Cordillera police director said 2,900 fully-grown marijuana plants and 2,000 pieces of marijuana seedlings were destroyed even as identity of planters was being ascertained.
Abellera said he was grateful to the support of the community in givig cops information on illegal drugs.  – Jorton Campana

Laborer hacks minor 
BAGUIO CITY – A laborer was arrested Tuesday after hacking a minor Tuesday around 8:20 p.m. here at Pinesville Subdivision, Fort del Pilar. The victim was identified as Christopher Cabanes Navarro, 16, of Virac-Kias, Itogon, Benguet while his assailant was named as Edmundo Makasibang Abella, 44, resident of the area.
Investigation showed  the victim and suspect had a drinking spree when an argument ensued between them making the latter to hack Navarro. The victim immediately went home but due to injuries on his head and left hand, he was rushed to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center by his stepfather where he is still confined.

P4 million marijuana burned in  Kalinga
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Marijuana worth PP4,282,815 was burned in a ceremony at Police Provincial Office Grounds at Camp Juan Duyan, Bulanao Tuesday.
The illegal hemp weighing 85,656.314 grams was torched by regional police director Chief Supt. Ulysses J. Abellera, Kalinga Gov. Jocel C.  Baac, Kalinga police director Senior Supt. Victor K. Wanchakan, lawyer John B. Balao-as of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera, Aquino Perez of DZRK-Radyo ng Bayan, provincial Environment chief Daniel Iyadan and Pastor Luis Ao-as from religious sector.

Farmer dead after jumping out of bus to retrieve sack of rice
KABAYAN, Benguet – A farmer was killed after he tried to catch a sack of rice from falling off a bus here Tuesday around 9;30 a.m.  Police investigation bared the victim identified as Jimmy Dala-oy Elio 67, of Barangay Adaoay here hitched ride with the A-Liner Bus at Sitio Kenejang, Adaoay.
John Montes Culay-an, 20, of Tubungan, Kayapa, Nueva, Vizcaya, conductor of the bus adviced the victim to put his cargo, a sack of rice at the basement compartment of the bus but the victim said he would rather place it at the step board near entrance door of the bus since he would drop off about half kilometer away. While the bus was traversing a curved ascending road, the sack of rice slid out from the door and dropped to the road prompting the victim to hurriedly jump off regain the fallen cavan of rice without telling the driver to stop. The victim landed on the road outbalanced that his body and head hit the ground with strong impact.
The victim was earlier brought to Dennis Molintas Memorial Hospital in nearby Bokod town but was later brought to Baguio General Hospital where he was declared by attending physicians at about 12 p.m. Doctors said he died from severe injuries on his head and body.

Motorcycle taken, returned
BAGUIO CITY -- - A motorcycle was stolen here April 16 along Upper Mabini Street.
The unidentified victim said it was parked unattended in front of GP building and was discovered missing around 9:45 am. He also said he searched Upper Mabini Street but to no avail. After hours of searching, the motorcycle was found parked along Kayang Street and was returned to the owner. –Leoniel Perez

Housewife loses P31K to 3 men who bump her
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A housewife lost P31,000 she had just withdrawn from money remittance firm M Lhuillier to three thieves here Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. at Km 5, Barangay Balili. The victim was identified as Raquel Curisay Cortez, 25, resident of Barangay Luboc.
Police said the victim had just taken took her remittance when she met three men who suddenly bumped and grabbed her pouch containing the money. The suspects ran towards Balili area while the victim who was shocked and felt unconscious. She later boarded a taxi then went to Benguet General Hospital for treatment. The victim reported the incident at La Trinidad police at about 7:40 p.m. Policed are now trying to ascertain identity of the thieves.

Taxi driver steals Korean student’s pricey cell phone
BAGUIO CITY – A Korean lady student identified as Hanna Shin, Korean National, 23, reported to police she was victimized Tuesday around 3 p.m.by unidentified taxi driver who stole her I-Phone 6 cell phone in front of De Leon building Upper Session Road.
The victim and her two friends flagged down a taxi then requested to be ferried to Session Road. When the victim was about to pay their fare, she placed her cell phone on her lap then alit near KFC Restaurant. They went to De Leon Building where she noticed that her cell phone was missing believed to have been taken by the cab driver.

Bocap, utility workers surrender shotguns
DOLORES, Abra – Abraham Buentipo, barangay captain of Namit-ingan here  surrendered a shotgun to police Tuesday along with a utility workers named as
Ronald Claro, 44, who also gave to authorities a shotgun.

Farmer lands in jail for rape 
TINOC, Ifugao – A farmer wanted for rape was arrested here Tuesday around 8 a.m. at Mabbalat, Gumhang. Nabbed was Romeo Pateyec Baldahen, 63 after warrant was issued against him by Judge Romeo U. Habbiling of Regional Trial Court, Branch 14, Lagawe, Ifugao. No bail was set by the judge for Baldahen’s temporary liberty. The accused was detained at the Tinoc municipal jail.

Body found with stab wounds in Alfonso Lista
ALFONSO LISTA, Ifugao – A male cadaver was found by police along the the national road here at Pabalay, Namillangan. Police said the unidentified body was handcuffed from behind while feet were hog tied. The victim sustained nine stab wounds on right side of his chest and one stab wound on his back as declared by the municipal medico-legal. Said cadaver was located exactly sixteen feet from the edge of the pavement and was placed behind a tree with  blood stains trailing from the road up to where he was abandoned which showed  he was pulled from a vehicle and dumped into the area. Nearby residents said they did not notice any unusual incident nor commotion that attracted their attention during the night.

Television firm bill collector robbed
LATRINIDAD, BENGUET – A bill collector of Mountainview Satellite was robbed of P43,000 pesos while he was delivering bills to three houses at the back of PureGold KM4, Balili around 3 p.m. of April 15.
Victim, David Joaquin, 50 said that he was walking  when an unidentified man  covered his face with a piece of cloth and pointed a gun at his lover back and uttered the words “Lumaban ka?” He replied “Haan”. The suspect then opened all the zippers of his hand woven sling bag and got his collection. The victim said the suspect opened his wallet and got his cash of P600 and returned his wallet inside his pocket. After taking the items, the suspect removed the cloth cover from his eyes, instructed the victim to close his eyes, then fled with a companion towards unknown direction. -- Princess Natividad

2 Kiangan farmers arrested for arson
KIANGAN, Ifugao – Two farmers of Alimit, Hucab here landed in jail Tuesday for arson.  They were identified as Leon Bokyag, 57 and Lourdes Ligmayo Domingo, 58, both Alimit residents.
This, after Judge Romeo U. Habbiling of RTC, Br 14, Lagawe, Ifugao issued warrant against them. The judge set P200,000 for their temporary liberty.

Men fire guns as mayoralty candidate holds rally
LAGAYAN, Abra – Edmarc  Crisologo, mayoralty candidate under National Unity Party was conducting a political rally here in Barangay Ba-I when successive gunfire was heard coming from forested area going to Nagba, Pang-ot. Police scoured the area and invited two men identified as Arjay Bolante Alucday and Dexter Masalay Seguerra, both from Nagba, Pang-ot, Lagayan for questioning. Both agreed to undergo paraffin tests at the Abra Provincial Crime Laboratory Office Camp Juan Villamor, Bangued.

Man nabbed for firing gun
LAGAWE, Ifugao – A man was arrested here for illegally firing his gun Tuesday at about 11 p.m. along JP Rizal Avenue, Poblacion East. Nabbed was Jayson Changiwan Nadugo, 37, of Bolog, Kiangan town.
Police said they were conducting patrol when they heard successive gunfire that prompted them to respond. They saw two men along the road. Nadugo’s companion ran after noticing the cops taking with him the firearm from Nadugo.
Recovered from the scene were three bullets and three cartridges of Cal. 9 mm pistol while the arrested suspect was brought to Lagawe police station.

207 firearms confiscated, 97 arrested in Cordillera
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Police Regional Office Cordillera has in possession 207 firearms since January to April with 104  turned-in for safe keeping, 73 confiscated, 25 voluntarily surrendered and five  recovered.
Chief Supt. Ulysses Abellera said Abra Provincial Police Office had the highest number of firearms of which 77 were for safekeeping, 35  confiscated, 19 surrendered and two was recovered totaling 135. Next was Apayao with 25, Kalinga with 17, both Baguio and Ifugao with 10 each, Benguet with eight, and Mountain Province with one.
Latest report was turn-in of 15 firearms and a hand grenade in Abra in which some owners are public official and political candidates.
PROCOR had 97 arrests related to election gun ban in which 35 came  from Abra; 19, Kalinga; 16, Baguio; 14, Benguet; 6, Apayao, 1,  Mt. Province, and three arrests by Regional Police Safety Battalion.

4 wanted persons arrested
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet – Four wanted persons were arrestged early last week in the Cordillera.
Nabbed were Artemio Gatchalian Mabutas, 36 of Abatan, Bauko, Mountain Province who was arrested in his residence for rape; Welling Dalipog, 34 of Dangoy, Lubuagan, for attempted murder;
Roland Cabuga Sagisi, 28 of Poblacion West, Flora, Apayao for illegal drugs and Pedro Calpito Bambilla at Sitio Kimmalasag, Barangay Tangbao, San Isidro, Abra for illegal guns.

Baguio vehicular accidents down
BAGUIO CITY – Vehicular accidents are down here with three to seven  cases now recorded daily as compared last year.
From January to March last year, 557 accidents were reported in three months while this year, from January to this month 483 vehicular incidents were recorded.
No deaths were recorded but a lot were injured within time frame. Police advised people to be careful and have discipline while on the road. – Denver Moreno

‘Lambat-Sibat’ nets 84 wanted persons in Cordillera
CAMP DANGWA, Benguet — Operatives of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera arrested 84 person wanted for various crimes in just one day through the massive implementation of “Oplan Lambat-Sibat” last week.
“This is a big accomplishment in the history of the “Oplan Lambat-Sibat which is strictly being implemented in the region. This is a result of the industry of the police in the region,” said Chief Supt. Ulysses Abellera, PRO-Cor director.
The arrests implemented by operatives of the Benguet Police Provincial Office (PPO), 43 persons; Ifugao, 13; Kalinga, 10; BCPO, 9; Abra, 6; Apayao, 2 and Mountain Province, 1.
Abellera called on the community’s continued participation saying “we continue to seek the community’s participation by report the presence of wanted person in their areas to help stop criminality, attain a peaceful life and give justice to the victims of crimes.”
The arrests, he said, will also help achieve the goal of assuring a peaceful conduct of the election, especially in areas identified as Comelec hot spot areas.
Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ricardo Marquez lauded the PROCOR in his visit in Abra on April 6, for its accomplishments in the maintenance of peace and order and the arrest of wanted persons.

Man assaulted; money taken
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – A man was robbed of P950 after being hit on the forehead by one of three thieves he encountered while on his way to Broadway Bar, Trading Post around 8 p.m. April 15.


Cop wanted for carnapping, homicide nabbed in Angeles

By Franco C. Regala

CAMP JULIAN OLIVAS, Pampanga – A former police officer tagged as Central Luzon’s second most wanted person who evaded arrest for two years, was arrested by elements of the Angeles City police authorities Monday afternoon in Barangay Cuayan, Angeles City.
The Pampanga Highway Patrol Group linked Capinpin to a notorious carnapping syndicate operating in the province.
Capinpin has a pending warrant for carnapping with homicide issued by Judge Eda Dizon-Era of the Regional Trial Court Branch 60 in Angeles City.
Sometime in August 20, 2014, Capinpin, along with Adrian Magat, Julius Quiambao and Francis Daya were all accused of killing Fernando Manabat, 22, who refused to turn over his tricycle to the three suspects.
The investigation showed that the victim was shot several times with a cal. 38 Armscor revolver which was pawned for P2,000 to a security guard after a few days.
Magat, a former supervisor of CDM security agency, was arrested on August 28, 2014 in nearby Magalang town after he and another former policeman, PO2 Vic Chua, were held for illegal possession of firearms.


Curfew imposed in Isabela due to spate of killings

By Raymind Catindig

JONES, Isabela – A curfew has been enforced in this town amid a spate of killings.
Jones Mayor Leticia Sebastian signed an ordinance last week setting a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Chief Insp. Noel Patalittan, Jones police chief, said.
Patalittan said the ordinance was in response to persistent reports that men on motorcycles were seen roaming in the town at night.
Provincial elections officer Erwin Valeroso said Jones was added to the list of “areas of concern” by the Commission on Elections due to intense political rivalry, violence and presence of armed groups.
Last week, the New People’s Army killed Vice Mayor Reynaldo Lucas, who was seized during a campaign sortie.
Lucas’ cousin, San Isidro barangay chairman Heinrich Apostol, was also gunned down while having a drinking spree with another village chief in his house.  Apostol was running for councilor under the United Nationalist Alliance.


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