CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO –Authorities have arrested 118 persons and seized 91 firearms sincethe implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban.
Chief Supt. Romeo Sapitula, regional director of the Police Regional Office-Ilocos Region (PRO-1) said, “the Region 1 police was able seized 91 assorted firearms composed of 20 pistol, 36 revolvers, 6 rifles, 4 shotguns and one light weapon, 11 improvised firearms and 14 firearm replicas. Other deadly weapons to include 13 bladed weapons, 26 grenade explosives and 660 ammunition were also confiscated.”
“The stern implementation of intensified police operations in collaboration with the COMELEC Rules and Regulations resulted in the arrest of persons and confiscation of firearms and other deadly weapons since January 13, 2019 to present,” Sapitula added.
Based on the data from the PRO1’s National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC), 118 persons were arrested, broken down into 115 civilians and 3 government officials and employees.
Sapitula, said the arrested persons were collared through checkpoint operations, buy-bust and police response, Oplan SITA and Oplan BAKAL.
Meanwhile, Sapitula encouraged firearm holders to surrender their firearms to the nearest police station in their location for safekeeping. He also calls for the continuous conduct of police operations in striving safe and secure National Election 2019 which will be conducted on May 13, 2019. — (With reports from PRO-1)
Camp Major Bado Dangwa, La Trinidad Benguet — The commander of the Mechanized Infantry Division (MID) of the Philippine Army awarded medals to 15 cops of Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) during the flag raising ceremony and Distinguished Visitor Program at Camp Major Bado Dangwa,La Trinidad, Benguet this morning.
Brigadier General Bismarck Soliba, MID commander led the pinning of nine “Medalya ng Papuri”, three “Medalya ng Kagalingan” and three “Medalya ng Paglaban sa Manliligalig” to the 15 uniformed personnel of PROCOR for their excellent performance on police operations and their profound commitment to duty.
Police Captain Juan Carlos Recluta, Patrolman First Class Ben Gabino, Jr. and Patrolman First Class Cyrus Vanci Backen, all from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 15, (RMFB15) received “Medalya ng Papuri” for their commitment and outstanding performance that lead to the successful search and rescue operations in Sablan, Benguet on January 11, 2019.
Same medals were awarded to Police Captain Allanvrix Casia, Patrolman John Macaiba, Jr. and Patrolman Christian Guinnayao, all members of the 1503rd Maneuver Company of RMFB15, for arresting Benny Palason for violation of the RA 10591 or the firearms laws of the Philippines and the confiscation of 9mm Armscor pistol with live ammunition during the conduct of checkpoint at Talaca, Agbannawag, Kalinga on October, 2018.
Three Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) cops also received “Medalya ng Papuri”. Police Captain Arnold Lising, Police Senior Master Sergeant Elmerlito Dangli and Police Staff Sergeant Limuel Charopeng were awarded for the successful arrest of Crisostomo Bernal on January 10, 2019 in Baguio City for violation of Presidential Decree No. 1613 or the Arson Law of the Philippines.
Further, “Medalya ng Kagalingan” were also awarded to Police Captain Zacarias Caloy Dausen, Patrolman Filbert Flores and Patrolman Jefferson Edal, all from RMFB, for the destruction of Php2,560,000.00 worth of marijuana plants at Mt. Bilis, Sitio Batangan, Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet on January 17, 2019.
Police Executive Master Sergeant Ceasar Cattiling, Police Executive Master Sergeant Anthony Cong-o and Police Master Sergeant Dennis Aranca received “Medalya ng Paglaban sa Manliligallig” for their continues participation to PROCOR’s relentless campaign against dissidents here in Cordillera.
Police Brigadier General Rolando Nana, PROCOR Regional Director said that the high sense of commitment, teamwork and devotion to duty in intensifying anti-criminality campaign of the police had greatly contributed in the accomplishment of the PROCOR’s mission.
Brig. Gen. Soliba, in his speech, lauded the awardees and urged the men and women of PROCOR to sustain and strengthen the level of partnership to the community and provide excellent services to the public whom we have sworn to serve. — PROCOR-PIO
CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO — Police authorities in Ilocos Sur have arrested a gun for hire suspect in a drug buy-bust operation conducted over the week.
Police Chief Superintendent Romulo E. Sapitula, Regional Director, identified the suspect as Marvin Y. Macugay, 30 years old, single and a resident of Sta. Cruz, Sinait, Ilocos Sur, listed as Level 2 High Value Target of the PNP (DI Listed) and identified member of the Igne-Rosete Gun-for-hire Group operating in Region 1 and in National Capital Region (NCR).
Sapitula said, Macugay was arrested in a joint by bust operation conducted by police operatives in Barangay Guimod, Bantay, Ilocos Sur early morning of January 23, 2019.
According to Sapitula, joint operatives from the CIDG Ilocos Sur, Regional Intelligence Division of PRO1 (RID-PRO1), Ilocos Sur Hi-way Patrol Group (HPG), Provincial Intelligence Board (PIB) and Bantay MPS were able to seize one.38 caliber homemade revolver and eight live ammunition for caliber .38 , one hand grenade and two pieces 500-peso bills used as buy-bust money from the suspect.
Based on investigation, Macugay was arrested on November 24, 2016 for violation of R.A. 10591, but the case was dismissed. However, on December 27, 2016 he surrendered to the police after he was tagged as drug personality.
The suspect is now under the custody of CIDG Ilocos Sur for documentation and proper disposition.
Meanwhile, in a separate operation in Pangasinan, joint elements of RID-PRO1 and Calasiao MPS implemented a search warrant against Ringor Zulueta y Osian, 34 years old, married, laborer and a resident of Brgy. Nagsaing, Calasiao, Pangasinan for the Violation of RA 10591. The operation resulted in the confiscation of (1) one caliber 38 revolver with markings Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum with no serial number, (1) one COMO holster and (1) live ammo of cal. 7.62. The suspect is still at large and cases for violation of RA 10591 are being prepared for filing in court against him. — Larry Madarang
CAMP BADO DANGWA, Benguet — 50 police officers of Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) started training their Motorcycle Riding Course (MCRC) at Camp Major Bado Dangwa.
The MCRC is a specialized training for police and other law enforce agencies that is focused on the development and enhancement of the skills of the participants. It is emphasized on developing control, precision, confidence and instinctive skills based on existing industry safety standards in the basic and tactical police operations, handling and maintenance of high performance motorcycles.
Chief Supt Rolando Nana, Cordillera police chief said their importance of finishing the course to enhance their response capability especially in police operations like checkpoints, beat patrol, emergency services and hot pursuit operations.
“This is one effective way we could be felt by the people and easy way we could go after criminals in the streets especially that other criminals use motorcycle as their way of evasion just like the riding-in-tandem.” RD Nana said.
The 45-day course is a joint effort of PROCOR and the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) Cordillera. – PROCOR-RPIO
CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet — An ambulance driver was shot dead after a drinking spree over the week.
Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, Cordillera region police chief identified the victim as as Larry Tanura Baldemor aka “Aning”, 45, ambulance driver in the municipality of San Juan, Abra, and resident of Namit-ingan, Dolores, Abra.
Reports reaching the office of Nana disclosed that, at around 5:00 PM of January 16, 2019, the victim was drinking at the residence of Cristin Jane and had a heated argument with his cousin, Arnel Tagudar, 32, married, and resident of said place.
Baldemor reportedly slapped Tagudar, both were pacified by their companions. Tagudar reportedly went home after the incident.
At around 11:45 p.m. of the same day, Baldemor reportedly left the place and after a few minutes, a gunshot was heard, Baldemor was seen running along the road and fell down in front of the house of Barangay Chairman Noli B. Turqueza.
Residents rushed the victim to Dolores Medical Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician with lone gunshot wound (nine pellet holes) on the right lower abdomen and left forearm.
Recovered at the crime scene was black Samsung (keypad) cellular phone of the victim and now subject for further technical examination, while SOCO personnel also recovered a 12 gauge shot shell near the crime scene.
Tagudar was invited for investigation and paraffin casting by authorities and likewise included Ronald Baldemor who witnessed the incident. — Larry Madarang
CAMP MAJOR BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet— A house painter is now in hot water after he is charged of the sale of illegal drugs and for violation of the Commission on Election’s gun ban.
Chief Supt. Rolando Z, Nana, Cordillera police regional director identified the suspect as as Raffy Bondame Reballos, 32, single, house painter, and a resident of Sitio Nangaycayan, Brgy. Zone 7, Bangued, Abra.
Reballos was arrested in the act of selling one heat sealed transparent sachet containing suspected shabu one of the police operatives during the entrapment operation set by authorities about 10:00 PM of January 15, 2019 in Zone 5, Bangued, Abra.
A body search in the presence of a media representative and two barangay officials yielded two pcs of Php500.00 used as buy-bust money, one cherry mobile cellular phone, and one live ammunition for cal. 9mm were recovered in the possession of Reballos.
Nana said, Reballos together with the recovered pieces of evidence were brought to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office (RCLO) at Camp Major Dangwa for examination and proper disposition. He is now facing charges for violating the provisions under Sec.5 and Sec. 11 of RA 9165 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act Of 2002 and Election Gun Ban. – Larry Madarang
CAMP BADO DANGWA, Benguet— An online trader has filed charges of estafa/swindling and reckless imprudence resulting to physical injuries against an online buyer after she was duped by the suspects in Baguio City recently.
Chief Supt. Rolando Nana, Cordillera regional police chief identified the suspects as Carlo Hernandez “aka” Sonny Culimay Caballero, 40 years old, businessman, and his live-in partner, a certain Crisencia Bangdo Coytop, 27 years old, both residents of JA 298 Km. 4, La Trinidad, Benguet.
Joan Desear a resident of San Fabian, Pangasinan, in her statement to authorities said the incident at around 4:44 p.m. on December 28, 2018 along Legarda Road, Baguio City.
Desear said, on December 23, 2018, she posted online that her iPhone 8 worth P29,000 was for sale.
On December 28, Hernandez sent her a message that he is interested in buying the item. After agreements, Desear then traveled immediately to Baguio City to consummate the deal.
Desear and Hernandez, met at a waiting shed located at Phil-Am, Baguio City. Hernandez told Desear to follow him towards his parked vehicle along Legarda Road.
Upon reaching the vehicle, Coytop, who was in the front seat of the vehicle, handed an envelope allegedly containing the payment of the cellphone.
While the envelope was being handed to Desear, Hernandez reportedly started the vehicle and sped away, dragging victim which resulted to her injuries. Checking the envelop, the victim said it only contained pieces of paper.
The case is now under follow-up for proper filing of cases. – Larry Madarang
Bangued, Abra — An Abrenian is the first gun ban violator in the Cordillera region.
Right after instituting checkpoints all over Abra, policemen caught Mark John Bumatnong Biccay tucking a loaded caliber .38 revolver on his waste as he was passing through a Comelec checkpoint at Tangadan, San Quintin, Abra on Monday afternoon.
Unable to show any government sanction why he was carrying a gun, Biccay was taken to the San Quintin police station for further questioning and face criminal charges for illegally bringing a gun.
Authorities were placed on red alert on midnight Sunday as the election season officially started.
Abra though was not identified as among the authorities’ “areas of concern” for the upcoming May midterm polls despite its long history of poll-related violence.
Situation though has significantly improved (in the province), vowed Abra Governor Jocelyn Bernos, compared to the past years when political rivalries had always turned bloody. – Artemio A. Dumlao