Baguio City Hall employee decapitated
BAGUIO CITY – The decapitated body of a city hall employee who was found here Thursday morning brought to 51 the number of persons recently killed in Cordillera in relation to government’s all-out war against illegal drugs.
This, even as 8,700 surrendered, 299 arrested and 16 drug personalities arrested by police in the region last week following massive police anti-illegal drugs operations.
Police separately arrested nine individuals in the act of committing illegal drug activities.
In Baguio, the headless body of Alfred Sabado Juquina, 49, a driver of the city environment and parks management office, was found by relatives in his room on the third floor of a building in Barangay Quezon Hill Thursday morning.
He was believed killed Wednesday afternoon.
Police reports said Juquiana could have died over 24 hours prior to being discovered by relatives who traveled to the city for a visit.
Juquiana lives alone and has been absent from work for two days.
Police said the victim was stabbed several times on his chest aside from his head that was missing while the body was found in sitting position.
Police allegedly found two sachets of shabu in one of the tables inside the victim’s room.
Police said they have yet to confirm whether the victim is included in the drug watch list.
Relatives denied the victim was using illegal drugs or involved in the trade.
A head found in a grocery bag dumped in a vacant lot in Barangay Castillo in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya was believed to belong to Juquina.
Chief Insp. Orlando Tacio, Kayapa police chief, said a piece of cardboard identifying the owner of the head as a drug pusher was attached to the grocery bag.
Baguio police later recovered the head of the victim in Nueva Vizcaya.
Authorities said the head was earlier in a funeral home in Aritao, which was identified by the mother of the victim.
Police are investigating motive behind the murder.
Police also captured Michael Bulataoy Villoria, Jocelyn Eduarte Vergara, both residing at Hamada Subdivision, Baguio City and Raymund Basanes Domingo residing at Lourdes Subdivision Extension, Baguio City.
Al Denver Wal Sayan, listed in the priority target drug personalities of the Baguio City Police Office and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, was collared in Adiwang Road, Dontogan by virtue of a search warrant issued by Judge Emanuel Rasing Cacho of the Regional Trial Court Branch 3 in the city in violation of RA 9165 known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, October 5.
Sales executive John Andrei Corpuz Malecdan and a resident of Apugan Poliwes, was also nabbed at Harrison Road.
Arrested in a buy bust operation were Jeggs Richie Panlasigui, John Paul Pabula, John Paul Corpuz, Carlo Layugan and Evelyn Balisi, all residents of Cagayan and Claver Aplod from Tabuk, Kalinga.
They were caught in the act afternoon of Oct. 9 of having drug trade at Sitio Pakak, Agbannawag, Tabuk City, Kalinga.
In Abra, authorities also nabbed Danny Beljamin Babida, Joseph Barbon Alagao and Jimmy Bisquerra Barreras.
The four, who were reported to be security guards of Bangued were arrested while having shabu session at the 2nd floor of Bangued Public Market last week.
Also caught were Benigno Peligman Bulagsay and Winnie Witawit Yatoyat in Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet.
‘Violation of GRP-CPP ceasefire agreement’
SOMEWHERE IN IFUGAO -- The Nona Del Rosario Command of the New People’s Army-Ifugao assailed the Army’s 54th Infantry Battalion for allegedly conducting operations in the province contrary to ceasefire agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Communist Party of the Philippines.
NDRC spokesperson Ka Wigan Moncontad said military troops had been conducting search and destroy operations against NPA guerillas since August in the province despite ceasefire order of President Duterte to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Macontad said in press statement most Army operations are now concentrated in Asipulo and Tinoc towns including Ambaguio in Nueva Vizcaya.
Macontad said army operations were in defiance to Duterte who is their commander in chief. He added targets were also organizations and individuals perceived to be sympathetic to the CPP-NPA.
Operations, Macontad said, were also in the guise of “bayanihan” purportedly to help the people but which actually were implemented to identify leftists and make them including NPA members surrender to the government.
Farmers were reportedly being coerced to admit they were NPA members and surrender to prop up image of military officials for promotions.
He said the offer of the Army for “safe conduct passes” to injured NPA members so they could be given medical attention in health facilities like hospitals were a farce saying they could be arrested.
He cited the case of a civilian who was portrayed as an NPA member after his case for illegal possession of firearms and explosives filed by the Army was dismissed by the court in 2010.
Last month, the civilian was reportedly arrested while he was getting police clearance so he could find a job.
They Army based in the province reportedly conduct so-called humanitarian missions but stay in homes of civilians in such areas.
Following a recent typhoon, 86th IB elements reportedly went to areas saying they would help civilians without hammers or nails to rehabilitate homes but encamped in such places.
Macontad urged the GRP and Army elements in the province to honor peace agreements even as the government and CPP are still holding talks to attain peace in the country.
Don’t buy online tickets, tourists told
By Gina Dizon
SAGADA, Mountain Province – This tourist destination is now being used by unscrupulous individuals and groups outside town to scam unsuspecting people of their hard-earned money.
For one, Sagada netizens and music bands identified to sing during a supposed Sagada Music Festival on Oct. 22-23 say the supposed event is a scam.
Manila-based music bands Ransom Collective and Sud in their Facebook Accounts warned the public not to buy tickets for the fake event.
Ransom Collective and Sud are among 12 identified bands posted in the account name Sagada Music Festival in Facebook.
The poster which registered in Facebook Sept. 27 this year was taken down October 10 after netizens alerted the public not to buy tickets to a fraudulent event not going to happen in dates identified.
The poster identified music bands from Manila including one called Sagada Rasta to sing during supposed event. The poster did not state any exact venue except the place Sagada, no time and no organizers named.
A regular ticket was sold at P5,000 and the early registrants at P2,500 with a round trip transportation, three days, two nights hotel accommodation, 3-day breakfast and a festival poster.
A letter sent by a certain festival organizer named Jesse Red to one of the bands said the supposed event is in cooperation with the local government unit of Sagada. LGU officials however denied this.
In an email sent to one of the bands invited to play, so-called sponsoring organizers White& McGill Events and Manila Music Productions said the band shall receive P65,000 talent fee aside from free accommodation for two nights and three days.
A page in the internet directed ticket buyers to deposit their payment to a certain Francis Dy in money remittance outlets Cebuana Luillier and LBC Express.
Following another scam, and uproar of Sagada netizens against travel and tour agencies selling “Panag-aapoy Festival,” the Vestry of the Church of St Mary the Virgin in their recent meeting said tour groups are prohibited entrance to the cemetery during “panag-aapoy.”
“Panag-aapoy” or “panagdedenet” is a traditional practice among the people of Sagada to light the graves of their departed with “sa-eng” (fatwood) every eve of All Saints Day at the Christian cemetery here.
The CSMV Vestry said group tours are prohibited to enter the cemetery during “panag-aapoy” after the 3 p.m. church service on Nov. 1.
Earlier, Sagada netizens hit travel agencies for selling ‘panag-aapoy’ as a festival and offering to the public their packaged rates as posted in Facebook prompting netizens to tell travel agencies that “panag-aapoy” is not a festival.
The vestry further instructed that visits to Echo Trails at the cemetery, Calvary Hill, Echo Valley and Underground River are suspended from 8 a.m. of Nov. 1 to 9 a.m. of Nov. 2.
The cemetery, Echo Valley, Calvary Hill, and Underground River are favorite attractions that tourists visit in town, located within the Mission Compound of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Philippines.
With the conduct of “panag-aapoy,” drinking, gambling and jamming at the cemetery are prohibited.
Vehicles are not allowed to enter the cemetery on November 1 starting from the road below the Rectory. Parking is open at the left side of the Church, at the softball ground and Tangeb soccer field. Parking at the frontage of the Church is not allowed.
Netizen Philip del Carmen suggested that travel agencies that do not remove or change their “panag-aapoy festival” advertisements be banned.
ITOGON, Benguet – Police are still trying to identify men who held up a gold-buying station here Monday and ran away with around half a million pesos worth of cash, gold dust and gadgets.
A police report said the incident transpired around 3 a.m. in Camp 1, Acupan, Virac.where victims were named as Florence Dopyao, 36, owner of the establishment and her helpers Nollie Timanang Hoggang, 20; Jossana L. Ambojnon, 23; Marilou N. Remiendo, 36 and Mary Jane Hoggang, 35, all a natives of Hingyon, Ifugao and residents of Riverside, Balatoc, Virac.
Investigation disclosed while Hoggang was sleeping, two men entered his room, pointed a gun to him and instructed him to keep quiet or he will be shot, while their two companions were posted as back up outside the room.
The two men tied his hands and feet then covered his mouth with packaging tape and left him.
The two suspects then joined the other two and they all proceeded to the cashier’s room where other victims were sleeping.
One of the men knocked the door and pretended to be Hoggang. When Mary Jane opened the door, the suspects declared hold-up and pointed a gun and knife to the three ladies then asked for key of the drawer but the ladies refused to give it.
This prompted the suspects to tie the hands and feet of the three ladies, and one of the suspects forcibly opened the drawer of the cashier table with a chisel then took P159,560 cash and 154.5 grams gold dust worth P231,610.0
The suspects also took one Nokia cellphone N series worth P7,000 and one WIFI broadband worth P2,500 owned by Ambojnon, Star mobile phone worth P2,500 owned by Nollie and wallet containing P3,000 cash and assorted ID’s and documents owned by Mary Jane.
The suspects fled to unknown directions after the heist.
BAGUIO CITY -- Mayor Mauricio Domogan is pressing re-structuring of agreements surrounding Camp John Hay here even as the Bases Conversion Development Authority said they were not negotiating lease contract of the 247-hectare economic zone.
Domogan said he hopes with new leaders of the John Hay Management Corp, negotiations with the BCDA would result to new agreements beneficial to the city government.
The JHMC is a subsidiary of the BCDA.
“We hope that we can be able to fix and re-negotiate,” the mayor told a press conference here Wednesday.
Domogan said if amendments will be made, shares of the city from the former American military camp should be assured to compel the developer and national government to pay directly to city treasury.
“Para di na dadaan sa BCDA, diretso na sa atin,” added the mayor.
Domogan said a lesson has been learned from legal battles faced by JHMC, BCDA and Camp John Hay Development Corp. (CJHDevCo) which put billions intended for the city in limbo.
“We have learned our lesson from the billions we have yet to receive,” Domogan said.
The city government had alleged the BCDA ignored 19 conditions the former imposed that should govern commercial operation of CJH.
The conditions, under a city council resolution, provides 25 percent annual share from revenues generated in commercial operation of the John Hay.
BCDA allegedly failed to remit city shares since legal battles started with developer CJHDevco.
Domogan said only 25 percent of the identified area in Camp John Hay was developed by CJHDevCo since the agreement was signed between the contracting parties in 1997.
Today, CJHDevCo is waiting for BCDA’s payment of P1.4 billion in cash before it vacates the property.
The payment was the result of a previous Philippine Dispute Resolution Center Inc. (PDRCI) decision urging CJHDevCo to vacate the leased areas and the BCDA to pay billions as reimbursement for rental payments of the developer.
By Roger Sacyaten
NATONIN, Mountain Province – Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo was warmly welcomed by the officialdom and people as she visited this eastern town Thursday though delayed on schedule due to bad weather.
Locals patiently waited as clouds steadily enveloped the town for more than an hour after the scheduled program at 9 a.m.
But when the clouds opened up and as two choppers flew in, the people applauded expecting a very important visitor of national stature in town unprecedented in the past.
The Vice President went directly ahead to a dialog with some provincial, municipal, and barangay officials at the church compound.
She was later adopted at the open gym program to the warm applause of the huge crowd; given the native name “Farangaw” which means a woman for all seasons, a provider in times of need.
After her was named one of the barangays in the municipality - Barangay Balangao.
She referred to the visit as her way to gauge the peoples’ pulse on prevailing issues and sentiments zeroing in on the concerns of the agency she heads and her advocacies such as the war against poverty and housing needs.
Claiming that there was no housing program in the past for indigenous peoples in the north, she said that her agency of Housing and Urban Development is now eyeing reforms to correct the situation.
“We have found a way to help in housing needs for the areas without land titles”, she said referring to the fact that government funds to develop lands require land title ownership documents.
She cited the case of the Emergency Shelter Response for the Yolanda victims when three years has passed but the funds were not used for the purpose due to the absence of land titles of the proposed sites.
“Such is not anymore true. Tax declarations can now be used”, she said assuring that the change of rules is a result of a conference between government agencies such as COA, BIR, LRA, HUDCC, and other concerned agencies.
On indigenous rights and concerns, she cited the advocacies of her late husband, the respected Secretary Jesse Robredo, that she now continues. Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives now sit in local legislative councils as a result of the memorandum of the late secretary.
Her visit here was timed to the occasion of the celebrations of the Indigenous Peoples Month and 116th Civil Service celebrations.
“We are budgeting for housing to IP communities by adopting municipalities in the Cordillera aside from Kibungan”, she said.
It was not clear if this town will also be adopted to be given housing program.
Her stay was such a short stint as she was set to visit municipalities in nearby Ifugao province. Besides, the threat of the “sky closing again” worried pilots.
Among the LGU officials present were Mayor Mateo Chiyawan and all Sangguniang Bayan members and barangay officials, Mayor Avelino Amangyen and vice mayor Lorenzo Carpio of Paracelis, Mayor Genesis Changilan of Barlig, and Mayor Johnson Bantog 11 of Besao.
Board Member Andre Claver was also present. This writer represented the congressman and the provincial government in the occasion.
By Eva Visperas
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Classes in two public elementary schools here were suspended Wednesday due to a bomb threat.
A team from the local police Explosives and Ordnance Division and Special Weapon and Tactics were deployed to Libsong Elementary School and Lingayen 1 Central School. No bomb was found in both schools.
The threat was allegedly received by a staff of the Libsong Elementary School, prompting school administrators to send the pupils home.
The number of persons killed in relation to the government’s war on drugs continued to pile up in Northern and Central Luzon last week.
In Ilocos Sur, Miguel Dizon, who was on the drug watchlist of Barangay Poblacion Norte in Sta. Maria town, was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding men Wednesday.
Also Wednesday in Pampanga, Mispaf Sarip, alias Muslim, reportedly engaged police officers in a shootout during a drug sting in Barangay Sto. Domingo in Angeles City.
In La Union, armed men stormed the house of Ritchie Mamaril, 37, in Barangay San Simon West in Aringay town and shot her repeatedly on Tuesday night.
Chief Insp. Silverio Ordinado Jr., La Union police spokesman, said the attack occurred at around 10:30 p.m.
Still in La Union, Ereneo Bernardo, chairman of Barangay Calumbaya in Bauang town was arrested in a police operation Wednesday morning.
Bernardo’s arrest was based on a warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 67 Judge Ferdinand Fe.
Gary Garcia, 37, of Agoo town, was also killed by six unidentified men who barged into his home in Barangay Macalva Sur on Monday night.
Garcia was on the drug list of the municipal police, according to Chief Insp. Silverio Ordinado, information officer of the La Union police.
The suspect earlier surrendered during the conduct of Oplan Tokhang in their village, but resumed pushing drugs, he said.
A 9mm pistol, a caliber .38 revolver, an M16 rifle as well as ammunition were seized from the suspect.
Suspected vigilantes shot dead tricycle driver Emil Quiambao, 35, in Barangay Valle Cruz in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
Farmer Lopito Evangelista, 44, a resident of Barangay Cadaclan, Pantabangan town was found hanging from a mango tree. A suicide note was found among his personal belongings.
Police said Quiambao was on the barangay drug watchlist while Evangelista surrendered under Oplan Tokhang recently.
In Pangasinan, Alfredo Castro and Domingo Flores, 45, were gunned down in Binmaley and Sta. Barbara towns, respectively, on Monday afternoon. Police said the fatalities were on the barangay drug watchlist.
Barangay officials nabbed in Isabela
Kyle Bryan Andres, 31, councilman of Barangay Disimpit, was arrested in a sting in Barangay Uno in Jones, Isabela on Tuesday.
Senior Supt. Leon Rafael, Isabela police director, said the suspect yielded a sachet of shabu with an estimated street value of P2,500. Police also seized Andres’ Nissan Urvan.
In Pampanga, four dead bodies believed to be Chinese and Taiwanese were found in separate areas in Pampanga Wednesday morning.
Jia Cheng Chen, alias Michael Chen, was found in a gray Ford Explorer parked along Mac-Arthur Highway in Barangay Baliti, San Fernando City.
Chen’s feet were tied with packaging tape, according to Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office-3 director.
In Angeles City, Ricardo Santos, was killed by police officers following a sting on Monday.
City police chief Senior Supt. Sidney Villaflor said Santos pulled out a gun and shot at a team of police officers out to arrest him, triggering a firefight.
Prior to the alleged shootout, the suspect reportedly sold shabu to an undercover agent.
Probers recovered from Santos a .22 caliber revolver, a plastic sachet said to contain shabu and P500 marked money.
Four dead bodies believed to be Chinese and Taiwanese were found in separate areas in Pampanga Tuesday morning.
Jia Cheng Chen, alias Michael Chen, was found in a gray Ford Explorer parked along Mac-Arthur Highway in Barangay Baliti, San Fernando City.
Chen’s feet were tied with packaging tape, according to Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office-3 director.
Meanwhile, three more bodies, said to be Taiwanese nationals, were found at a sugarcane plantation in Barangay Maliwalo, Bacolor at about 6 a.m.
Police have yet to determine whether the killings were drug-related.
Bulacan cops shot, injured
In Bulacan, Police Officer 3 Auster Bolina of the Meycauayan police and a man who has yet to be identified were wounded in an alleged shootout in Barangay Malhacan in Meycauyan City before dawn Thursday.
Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat, Bulacan police acting director, said Meycauayan police officers were patrolling the area after receiving reports on the sale of illegal drugs when four men fired at them.
Bolina was taken to Sta. Maria General Hospital for treatment.
Senior Police Officer 1 Dominador Mag-uyon of the Bulacan Provincial Public Safety Co. was walking in Barangay Bangcal in Meycauayan City when unidentified motorcycle-riding men shot him at around 2 p.m., said Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat, Bulacan police acting director.
Caramat said Mag-uyon was accused of collecting protection money from drug pushers.
In San Ildefonso town, a man who has yet to be identified was dumped along the road in Barangay Pasong Bangkal before dawn Tuesdasy.
The body bore gunshot wounds and a placard identifying him as a drug pusher. His face was covered with packing tape. – With reports from, Raymund Catindig, Francis Elevado, Manny Galvez, Eva Visperas
Businessman in PDEA drug list shot dead
BAGUIO CITY – A businessman was shot dead here Thursday around 9 p.m. along St. Joseph St. San Carlos Heights, Irisan. Police identified the victim as Dominic Fernandez Tan, 41, resident of No. 10 Saint Joseph St. Sariling Sikap Purok 22 San Carlos Heights.
Victim was rushed by his family to Baguio General Hospital for medical treatment but around 12 noon, he was pronounced dead by attending physician.
Investigation disclosed around 9 p.m., victim together with his family alighted from a taxi when two unidentified suspects fired at the victim who sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body. Cops found several spent bullets at crime scene.
The victim was under drug list of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Tabuk driver shot
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – A shooting incident transpired here Thursday morning in front of welding and vulcanizing shop owned by Nelson Luyaben wherein the victim identified as Berny Tamang Depagon, 36, driver ,was shot by two unidentified suspects wearing black jacket and helmet.
The victim was shot secveral times and rushed by bystanders to Kalinga Provincial Hospital for treatment.
Investigation disclosed while the victim was repairing his passenger jeep, two unidentified men on board a XRM motorcycle stopped near him then the back rider got downt and shot the victim several times with a Cal. 45 pistol, then fled towards eastward to General Luna Street.
Man stabbed for refusing to drink more liquor
BANGUED, Abra – For refusing to drink more liquor, a noodles maker was stabbed by a tricyle driver Thursday around 2 p.m. at Linasin, Zone 1. Police named the victim as Jaybert Baro Belena, 31 while suspect was identified as Daniel Millare.
Police said the victim went to christening party of the son of one Gaspar Darang in Zone 1. While the victim and his companions were having a drinking session at said place, the suspect arrived and joined them. After a while, the victim asked permission to go home as he was already drunk. The suspect tried to stop him, however, it resulted to an argument.
At the height of their argument, the suspect took his knife and stabbed the victim on his back. Belena was rushed by a concerned citizen to Abra Provincial Hospital for medical treatment. The suspect fled to unknown direction after the incident.
Singer nabbed for shabu
BAGUIO CITY – A singer was nabbed here Thursday for allegedly having in her possession shabu. The suspect was identified as Carmina Dizon Atienza, 27, of Mabalacat, Pampanga and presently residing here at No. 877 Adiwang Road, Green Valley.
Former OFW arrested for shabu
BAGUIO CITY – Cops conducted drug buy-bust operation here at Balacbac, Sto. Tomas Proper around 4 p.m. Thursday that resulted to arrest of Antonio Bustamante Arevalo Jr., 53, former OFW, native of Bugallon, Pangasinan and resident here of Purok 1, Dontogan. Arevalo was in police drug list. Found in his posssessioj was shabu of undetermined worth.
4 dead in Cagayan, Laoag trike mishaps
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, – Four persons died while four others were injured in separate motorcycle accidents in Buguey, Cagayan and Laoag City, Ilocos Norte on Monday.
Edgar Carbonel, 52, and his passenger Reynaldo de Guzman died after their motorcycle collided with a similar vehicle in Barangay San Lorenzo, Buguey.
Taken to the hospital for treatment were Ricky Calandoy, Bernard Grande, Rick Pabua and Rowin Cardenas.
In Laoag City, Jessie Andaya and his passenger Bonifacio Resurreccion died while being treated at the Governor Roque Ablan Sr. Memorial Hospital.
The victims were traveling in Barangay San Mateo when their motorcyle collided with a sport utility vehicle driven by Jomarie Pascual. – Raymund Catindig
US citizen nabbed in Itogon buy-bust
ITOGON, Benguet -- An American citizen was arrested after police seized illegal drugs and other paraphernalia inside his rented house in this mining town.
US citizen Francis Capra who was earlier charged for malicious mischief and unjust vexation year, may now stay longer in jail following seizure of 1.97 grams of suspected shabu.
The items were discovered when home owners Leah and brother Pablito Guamos here about to move the personal belongings of the suspect following non-renewal of lease of agreement.
The Guamos called police which led to seizure of the illegal drugs.
IFSU student gets drunk; sexually abused by co-stude
LAMUT, Ifugao – A female student of the Ifugao State University here reported to police Monday she was sexually abused by a student of the same school.
The victim said the incident happened Sept. 27 at Barangay Nayon around 6-7 p.m. She said she was sexually abused by a certain Ryan Magwelang, 18, also resident of said barangay.
Investigation disclosed that the victim with her friend Charmie Cardelario saw Denver Nadyahan with his friend Magwelang wherein Denver introduced his friend to the victim and her friend Charmie.
After a short conversation, they decided to go to Agang-ang, Bimpal, Lamut and had a drinking spree at Grace store.
Upon consuming two bottles of 2x2 gin, they proceeded to the boarding house of the suspect and continued drinking. Due to heavy intoxication, the victim could not remember what happened and said she was surprised she was naked and lying beside the suspect with no upper garment.
Victim immediately put on her clothes and slapped the suspect’s face while uttering bad words against him. Suspect stood up, opened the door and ran away. Victim was examined at the Municipal Health Office.
1 dead, 11 hurt in Bocaue fireworks explosions
CAMP JULIAN OLIVAS, Pampanga—One person was reported killed and at least 11 were injured after an explosion occurred inside a fireworks store in Bocaue, Bulacan in Barangay Binang First, Wednesday around 10 a.m.
Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, concurrent chair of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said he is still verifying the actual number of casualties after citing police reports that one person was confirmed dead in the fatal fireworks blast.
Citing the reports, Sy-Alvarado also said that more or less 11 persons were hurt in the explosion.
In a radio interview earlier, Bocaue mayor Joni Villanueva said the explosion was caused by a fire that ripped through a group of fireworks stores situated along a major road in Bocaue, a town about 30 km north of Manila.
Villanueva said there were casualties but could not confirmed if there were fatalities.
“Unfortunately, we are hearing some people are dead already but we don’t have the exact figures,” she told a television station in a later interview.
The Governor said the fire had been contained early Wednesday afternoon, and that he ordered an immediate investigation into the explosion.
In the report submitted to Gov. Sy-Alvarado by PDRRMO officers, residents saw huge smoke billowing from a fireworks store after a strong explosion. As the fire spread out, several more explosions were heard from the fireworks market.
The PDRRMO said at least four vehicles have also been damaged by the fire. -- Franco Regala
Scam artist tricks stall seller of P5,000
BAGUIO CITY – Beware of scam artists. A certain Jennifer Buawey Navida, 29, of km 3 Balili, La Trinidad, Benguet was allegedly victimized last week by Diana Lyn Igme Moran, 19, of No. 42 Magsaysay Dive, Loakan by allegedly tricking the victim and collecting P5,500 inside a stall at Sky World Commercial, Session Road.
Investigation disclosed that victim was tending her stall when the suspect came and demanded from her daily cash collection of the stall amounting to P5,500 as allegedly directed by her employer Demy Cayabas Balabag.
She convinced the victim by showing a text message allegedly sent by Balabag allowing her to collect the said daily cash collection. Victim gave the said amount after which, the suspect hurriedly left the place. After a half hour, Balabag arrived only to find out that the money was released without her authorizing anyone to get the daily cash collection. On Oct. 9, Moran was arrested for estafa based on complaint of Karla Jane Belmoro Centeno. On Monday, Balabag and Navida filed a case of estafa against Moran.
2 found dead in van in Nueva Ecija
CABANATUAN CITY – Two persons were found dead in an abandoned van along the provincial road in Barangay Mataas na Kahoy in Gen. Natividad town in Nueva Ecija on Oct. 7.
Senior Police Officer 1 Nonato Aguilar identified the fatalities as internet shop owner Resito de la Cruz, 45, and computer technician Alvin Libed, 37, residents of Barangay Calaocan in San Jose City.
The bodies of the victims bore signs of torture, their hands and feet tied and a length of wire looped around their necks.
Aguilar said a village watchman who found the van reported the incident to the police. -- Manny Galvez
Ilocos drug group member collared
BANAYOYO, Ilocos Sur -- An anti-narcotics operation by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Regional Office 1 and the local police led to the capture of a drug group member and his cohort in here Wednesday.
PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña through PDEA RO1 Regional Director Jeoffrey C. Tacio, identified the drug group member as Wilson A. Salingbay, 44 and cohort Leo b. Tel-e, 32. Salingay and his group are known to be obtaining their shabu as far as Manila and transporting it to Ilocos for distribution in Candon City and nearby municipalities. Both suspects reside at Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur where they were arrested through a buy-bust operation Wednesday afternoon. The plastic sachet of shabu, buy bust money and motorcycle used in delivering the illegal items were all confiscated. – Bismarck Bengwayan
Mechanic arrested for frustrated homicide
LUNA, Apayao – A mechanic was arrested here Monday for frustrated homicide. This after police served arrested warrant to David Paragas Sagayaga, 29, resident of Buluan, Conner. Francisco S. Donato, of RTC, Branch 26,2nd Judicial Region of Luna set bail of P30, 000 for his temporary liberty.
Pastor lands in Baguio
City jail for estafa
BAGUIO CITY -- A pastor was arrested here Monday along Abanao St. for estafa. Nabbed was Elmer Macalo, 32, resident of Puguis, La Trinidad, Benguet. Bail of P150,000 was set by Cecilia Corazon S. Dulay-Archog, presiding judge, First Judicial Region, Regional Trial Court, Branch 6, Baguio City. Said person is now detained at Baguio City Jail.
Body found in Kibungan, identified
KIBUNGAN, Benguet – Police received Monday a phone call from Bobby Bugtong, village watchman of Masala Madaymen here a cadaver was found at River Side, Madaymen. Late afternoon, the body was identified as that of Melver Dixon, 28, farmer of Tagpaya, Madaymen, Kibungan and a native of Inaba, Pasdong, Atok, Benguet. The cause of death is still unknown.
Bocap nabbed for illegal gun, shabu
PIDIGAN, Abra – A barangay captain here was arrested here Monday for allegedly having in his possession an illegal Cal. 38 revolver, shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Police identified the suspect as village chief Mayong Kumilang of Barangay Laskig.Cases for illegal drugs and firearms were filed against him.
Man arrested in Urdaneta buy-bust
URDANETA CITY -- Pangasinan Special Enforcement Unit a team under PDEA RO1, went to Zone 5, Barangay Pinmaludpod here Wednesday to meet Gerry S. Del Rosario who agreed to sell shabu to the law enforcers through cellphone transaction.
An agent posing as a buyer met the 37-year-old in front of his house. The deal completed, the PDEA RO1 Agent immediately identified himself which forced the suspect to run and escape but was instantly cornered by backup agents. A plastic sachet of shabu was confiscated while the buy bust money, drug paraphernalia and cellular phone used in the transaction were recovered. -- Bismarck Bengwayan
Shabu found in Abra village chief’s house
DOLORES, Abra – A barangay chairman was nabbed here at Barangay Lubluba Monday after ha search in his house yielded illegal drugs. The suspect was named as Leonardo Trinidad Advincula, 45. Shabu and illegal drug paraphernalia were confiscated from his residence by cops. Said person was listed in police and narcotics offices as drug personality.
Gun, shabu lands man in Abra jail
PIDIGAN, Abra -- Judge Raphiel F Alzate, presiding judge of RTC, Branch 58, Bucay, Abra issued arrest warrant against Mario Trondillo Comilang a.k.a “Mayong” of Barangay Laskig here that resulted to his being jailed.
Confiscated from the suspect’s house were Cal. 38 loaded with ive bullets, shabu and drug paraphernalia.
The confiscated pieces of evidence and the arrested person were brought to Investigation Detection Group office where cases fir illegal firearm and drugs were prepared against him.
Old jobless man jailed for estafa
ITOGON, Benguet -- A jobless man was arrested here at Tuding Proper Monday for estafa. The suspect was named as Jose Bustamante Tejada, 69, resident of No.211 Tuding Proper. Cecilia Corazon S. Dulay-Archog presiding judge of RTC Branch 6 Baguio City recommended bail of P200,000 for his temporary liberty.
BANGUED, Abra – A man having a drinking spress with friends was shot here Oct. 6 along Turod, Angad. The victim was identified as John Rio Alconis Baronia, 36, resident of said place who was shot by still unidentified suspect.
The victim with five male companions were drrinking liquor at his shanty and later went out to urinat but unidentified suspect shot him at his back, prompting his companions to scamper away for safety and later tried to look for the suspect but failed. Rolly Tacis, neighbor of the victim rushed the victim to nearby Abra Provincial Hospital.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – This capital town is set to fully implement anti–smoking law to be enforced by the Smoking Control Enforcement Unit.
Mayor Romeo Salda in a recent administrative order re-organized the town’s SCEU to plan tobacco control measures as and conduct educational awareness campaigns.
Salda said the ordinance was passed to regulate smoking, selling, distribution and advertisement of tobacco products and imposing penalty for violation of the ordinance.
The SCEU will be under La Trinidad’s Tobacco Control Board chaired by the mayor with Municipal Health Officer Dr. Editha Francisco as co-chair.
Vice Mayor Jovencio Marrero and Medical Office III Dr. Genevieve Wagang-Degay will co-chair the board while representatives from line agencies in the municipality are members.
Members of the Tobacco Control Board may recommend relevant policies, assign hotlines, endorse updated programs, promote activities, publicize awareness campaigns, facilitate monitoring, and evaluate reported violations and its penalties for local legislation.
SCEU will implement and enforce compliance of the ordinance, preparation of detailed procedures for apprehensions, receive and review reports including processing pertinent documents and complaints for violators, prepare official file and provide further assistance to the board.
The ordinance prohibits smoking in public places including selling, distributing, or promoting tobacco products to minors.
Tobacco advertising except inside the premises of an authorized/licensed retail establishment, selling within the 100-meter perimeter of the school, playground or facility frequented by minors and others are also punishable under the ordinance.
Any establishment which fails to comply can be fined P1,500 for the first offense,P2,000 for the second offense, P2,500 for the third and subsequent offenses or imprisonment or a period of not exceeding one year or both at the discretion of the court.
A government employee or official violating the law will also pay applicable amount of penalties and will be dealt with administrative sanctions.
Fines and suspension or revocation of franchise or license to operate and immediate closure will also be imposed to erring establishments.
Business establishments are also required to designate a smoking area.