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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Police Regional Office (PRO-6) will not re-install a special police task force that will oversee peace and order in the alleged drug haven in Iloilo City.

C/Supt. Isagani Cuevas, PRO-6 director, said there is no need to reinstall Task Force Bakhaw at Bry. Bakhaw, Mandurriao district even if it has become the purported sanctuary of criminals in the city.

Cuevas said the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) can handle the peace and order concerns of Bakhaw.

The PDEA has classified Bakhaw as one of the drug havens in the city because of the presence of an alleged illegal drugs syndicate in the village.

The village has also been the subject of numerous anti-drug raids by PDEA and PNP. The latest operation netted five suspects caught in the middle of a pot session inside a suspected drug den.

Arrested were Boyet Lupina, 40, owner of the raided house; Merwin Granzon, 30, of Brgy. Tabuc Suba, Jaro and three minors.

Cuevas said they have received reports that members of the Bukas Kotse gang and other thieves hide in Bakhaw.

Cuevas said these car thieves are also drug users, snatchers and robbers who shifted to another strategy to earn money.

During the recent PDEA raid, a pickup truck believed to be used in Bukas Kotse operations was spotted near the alleged drug den.

The owner of the pickup truck is a businesswoman who operates a restaurant in Iloilo City. She has denied allegations that her vehicle is being used by car thieves operating in the metropolis.

Task Force Bakhaw was first formed during the time of then Iloilo City Police Office director Norlito Bautista because of the rampant illegal drugs trade in the village.

The task force was later disbanded following allegations that its members were in cahoots with suspected drug peddlers.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

AN engineer is facing criminal raps for indiscriminate firing which wounded two nursing students in LaPaz, Iloilo City Thursday evening.

Engr. Marcial Jocson Jr., 43, a native of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo is detained at the LaPaz PNP station when he fired his gun at Brgy. Magdalo, LaPaz 9pm the other day.

Nursing students Jennifer Sigue, 22, a native of Tapaz, Capiz and Hannah Disumimba of LaPaz district were wounded in the incident.

One of Disumimba’s kidneys was removed after it was damaged by the bullet while Sigue was wounded in the right portion of her abdomen.

The LaPaz police investigation report said that Jocson and two other companions were passing through Brgy. Magdalo onboard a Mitsubishi Elf Truck when he fired his caliber .9mm pistol.

A witness called the LaPaz police for assistance while PO2 Harold Artillo who is assigned at Camp Delgado helped chase the truck with registration plate YDP-566.

Jocson was cornered at Brgy. Baldoza after a brief chase with the police.

Recovered from the truck was a black belt bag containing Jocson’s caliber .9mm pistol (Taurus) with 10 live ammunitions. An extra magazine with 10 live bullets and a holster were also found in the bag.

Jocson presented his gun license which is valid until January 9, 2010 and a permit to carry firearms outside residence which will expire on November 23, 2009.

Jocson said he fired his gun after several persons shouted invectives at him. He also claimed that the same persons tried to hang on his truck while cursing him.

Jocson said he only tried to scare the said persons and had no intention of hurting the two nursing students.

He said he is willing to face the charges to be filed against him and shoulder the hospital expenses of the victims.

Jocson said he was drunk when the incident happened.

Investigators said Jocson’s driving may have piqued some of the residents at Magdalo reason why they harangued him.

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