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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A MEMBER of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) was shot Tuesday evening in Jaro, Iloilo City.

PO3 Job J. Lujan, 36, of Sitio Little Janiuay, Brgy Tabuc-Suba was wounded in his nose after a gunman shot him with a caliber .38 revolver around 8:30pm the other day.

He was rushed to St. Paul’s Hospital for treatment.

Lujan was standing outside their house gate when he was shot. According to a son of the victim, Lujan was talking to three persons before the incident.

Lujan’s colleagues at the CIDG said the shooting may have something to do with their recent operation against an illegal video karera operator in the city.

Jaro police investigators recovered a live caliber .38 bullet from the crime scene.

Reports from the Iloilo City Police Office identified the gunman as a certain Rusty Jablo of Brgy. Cubay, Jaro.

S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal, ICPO director, ordered the Jaro police and the Iloilo City Mobile Group to chase and arrest Jablo.

MACHINE PISTOL RECOVERED

A BOUNCER of a popular nightspot in Iloilo City turned over a machine pistol to the Mandurrio police Tuesday afternoon.

Glen Erezuela, 28, bouncer of MO2 Ice Bar in Smallville complex called the Mandurriao police to report that an unidentified person left a firearm in his custody.

PO2 Ariel Eres of the Mandurriao PNP went to the area around 2:30pm in response to the call.

Eres then took custody of a caliber .9mm machine pistol with serial number 360495. The gun also bore the markings “Cobrayo, Macio RPB Engram .9mm Military Armament Corp. Marrieta GA  30082 USA.”

The gun, which will be submitted to the Crime Laboratory for ballistic tests, has a steel magazine with Cobrayo marking and seven live bullets.

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Village chief raps CIDG for closing down feria

 

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) is under fire from a village chief in Jaro, Iloilo City for raiding their feria Saturday evening.

 

Punong Barangay Abelardo Salting of Benedicto, Jaro accused the CIDG of conducting an “illegal raid” on the feria at the Jaro plaza and “pocketing” some P80,000 cash confiscated from several stalls.

 

Salting said the feria, which featured the “six-color game”, has a permit from the City Hall, thus it cannot be considered a form of illegal game.

 

The barangay captain also rapped the CIDG for not coordinating with his office before conducting the raid.

 

“Many of our residents can attest to what the CIDG did, particularly the money they took away,” he added.

 

Salting registered his complaint in the blotter reports of the Jaro police right after the raid.

 

The village chief said he does not question the CIDG’s authority to conduct the raid but he did not like the manner by which it was conducted.

 

The CIDG did not record the raid in the Jaro police blotter as what is usually done after their operations, Salting said.

 

Col. Luisito Ruiz, CIDG-6 deputy regional chief, denied Salting’s accusation saying they only confiscated more than P3,000 from the feria.

 

Ruiz said they also arrested four operators of the six-color games. He insisted the games in the plaza were illegal because the operators failed to present valid permits from the local government.

Singaporean recruiter faces raps

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A SINGAPOREAN national is facing charges of large-scale estafa for alleged illegal recruitment victimizing Ilonggo jobseekers.

Vijaya Raj, a native of Singapore City, of DMK Placement Agency was arrested 7pm Saturday at Four Season Hotel after an entrapment operation conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group headed by Senior Supt. Donato Angara.

Raj is the subject of a criminal complaint filed by six Ilonggos who dreamed of working in Singapore only to return back empty handed.

The complainants are part of the 21 jobseekers who were forced to return home from Singapore as they had no working permit issued by Raj’s agency.

Based on the complainants’ accounts, they were made to pay between P18,000 to P45,000 for the opportunity to work in Singapore.

The complainants also tagged a certain Mone Sumugod of Zarraga, Iloilo as Raj’s alleged counterpart in the city and province.

The charge against Raj was filed with the Iloilo City Prosecutor’s Office yesterday even as another complaint will be filed within this week which might include Sumugod as one of the respondents.

Raj is presently detained at the CIDG-6 headquarters in Camp Delgado. His lawyer and a consul from the Singaporean embassy are expected to arrive in Iloilo City and assist the suspect in his case. 

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