By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE observance of All Saints’ and Souls’ Days in Western Visayas was relatively peaceful, according to the PNP.

Except for two fire incidents in Aklan and Bacolod City (see related stories), C/Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, said the region remained orderly during the Halloween break.

Cuevas said the regular PNP officers and force multipliers such as tanods and auxiliary police managed to secure peace and order throughout Western Visayas.

S/Supt. Renato Gumban, OIC-Iloilo provincial police director, said municipal police stations tightened their watch on cemeteries and public places to deter criminals from striking.

Gumban said they did not receive any report on major crimes such as robberies in the province.

The 100 police auxiliaries and barangay tanods also helped the Iloilo City Police Office manage traffic and keep peace and order in the metropolis.

In Negros Occidental, only isolated king and shooting incidentas in Cadiz City, Candoni and Isabela were reported to the police.

C/Insp. Rico Santotome Jr, spokesman of the Negros Occidental PNP, said three shooting incidents were reported November 1-2 – two in Isabela town and one in Cadiz City.

On November 1, Francis Menis allegedly shot Junjun Ogatis at Barangay Bungahin, Isabela around 7:30am.

Ronaldo Estanda and Donald Malba survived gunshots from an unidentified suspect at Brgy. 4 Sunday morning. 

In Cadiz City, suspect Rex Tayunting allegedly shot Junrey Noval and Jonel Santillan past midnight Sunday using an unknown gun caliber.

Ramy Gonzales was hacked dead by Paquito Espanola November 1 at Sitio Mailad, Brgy. Cabia-an in Candoni, according to Insp. Anthony Cana, the town’s chief of police.

On Sunday afternoon, anti-illegal drugs operatives and the Pontevedra PNP arrested six persons at Brgy. Antipolo, Pontevedra for selling marijuana sticks and holding pot session.

Santotome said no untoward incidents happened in cemeteries and other public places.

S/Supt. Manuel Felix, Negros Occidental police director, credited the police and the public for cooperating with the PNP’s Oplan Kalag-Kalag drive.

Felix and Supts. Flomar Natuel and Armando Tubongbanua went around the province to check cemeteries and police presence.