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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE former village chief accused of being part of the Bukas Kotse gang posted bail for his temporary liberty.

Sergio Dava, former punong barangay of Zaragoza, Bugasong, Antique, posted bail after he was charged with robbery in IS Number VI-10-INV-095-606 dated October 24, 2009.

Dava was arrested October 22 for allegedly robbing the car of Ava Delgado inside the Central Philippine University (CPU) in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Dava quit his post as barangay captain for alleged malversation of public funds.

S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal, Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) director, warned the public to be wary of Dava now that he is out of detention.

“The public, particularly car owners, are advised not to leave valuables inside their parked vehicles such as laptops, cellphones, big amounts of cash and the like as these attract robbers,” Mongcal said.

Mongcal said leaflets with tips on “How not to fall victims to Basag Kotse” were distributed to the media and to the public.  

The Bukas Kotse gang has victimized 28 cars since February 2009.

Meanwhile, the LaPaz police headed by S/Insp. Alexander Rosales nabbed one of the most wanted persons in the district.

A team of LaPaz police led by SPO2 Reynaldo Tanchinco arrested the person of Anthony Porto, 34, of Brgy Aguinaldo Monday morning.

Porto has a pending arrest warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002).

Judge Victor Gelvezon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 36 issued the warrant on Porto.

According to Rosales, Porto is the 5th most wanted person in LaPaz district.

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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

FOUR suspects armed with pistols snatched more or less P80,000 cash from a construction firm in Mandurriao, Iloilo Friday afternoon.

Personnel of JJM Builders at Brgy. Hibao-an Sur, Mandurriao were preparing the payroll for their employees when they noticed a motorcycle stop in front of their office past 4pm.

Jude Landar, JJM administrative officer, said he locked the office’s front door as he was suspicious of the motorcycle.

But he was surprised when the three persons entered the backdoor and ordered them to give their money.

When Landar looked at the direction of the men, he was already staring at the barrel of a caliber .45 pistol.

Landar said the suspects then went to his officemate who was counting the payroll money and grabbed the cash.

The suspects also took Landar’s P3,000 personal money and cellphone.

A fourth suspect, possibly the lookout, entered the office and told the other suspects to flee.

They boarded two motorcycles towards the town of Pavia.

Landar said the two of the suspects wore bandanas around their head while another was wearing a jacket.

The suspects were between 30-40 years old.

The robbery happened a day after C/Insp. Conrado Carganillo assumed the helm of the Mandurriao police station.

The Iloilo City Police Office reshuffled the chiefs of city police precincts following the rash of bukas kotse and robbery incidents.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A FORMER village chief in Antique resigned from his post and ended up as a car thief.

Sergio Dava, 31, ex-punong barangay of Zaragoza, Bugasong in Antique, was arrested Thursday evening by security guards of the Central Philippine University (CPU) in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Dava was caught entering a room at the 3rd Floor of the Nursing Building of the said university which is hosting the 14th University Games.

According to the Jaro police station, Dava is believed to be behind 10 cases of thefts in the said university.

Dava’s latest victim was Ava Delgado, 49, of Brgy Dungon A Jaro, Iloilo City who lost her valuables inside her cars.

The police recovered from Dava’s possession assorted credit and ATM cards and the wallet owned by Delgado.

Also recovered from Dava were bank and identification cards of a certain Mannin F. Cordero.

Dava said he quit as punong barangay of Zaragoza, Bugasong in Antique for alleged malversation of funds.

Dava said he was forced to steal to pay for pension houses and hotels in Iloilo City where he is staying.

C/Insp. Orly Gabinete, Jaro police chief, led follow-up operation in four pension houses where Dava stayed.

Gabinete said they recovered more personal belongings owned by Dava’s victims.

The Jaro police believe that Dava is a member of the notorious Bukas Kotse gang operating in Iloilo City.

But Dava said he is not a member of any criminal gang preying on cars. He said he only picks the lock of cars, unlike the Bukas Kotse gang which smashes car windows to carry out the heist.

Dava is presently detained at the Jaro police station.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

ARE car robbers smarter than Iloilo City cops?

Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, said members of the Bukas Kotse Gang study their tactics reason why they elude arrest.

Cuevas said the gang, which is responsible for 28 car heists in the last eight months, does it homework and are always a step ahead of the police.

Cuevas said the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) should also adopt the same attitude to finally neutralize the group.

Cuevas has directed the ICPO to double its efforts against the Basag Kotse syndicate by gathering more intelligence information and pinpoint the identities of the suspects.

The PRO-6 also wants city cops to observe the 7-9-7 duty scheme instead of the three-day work, two-day off system.

The duty scheme, which Cuevas implemented in 2008, requires policemen in a station to render duties in three rotating shifts. The first shift starts at 7am to 5pm while second shift starts 9am to 7pm. The last shift is from 7pm until 7am of the following day.

Cuevas said the scheme ensures that policemen are present at the station and their assigned posts.

The ICPO cracked the whip on its personnel by reshuffling the chiefs of three police precincts starting Thursday.

After more than two years, C/Insp. Conrado Carganillo was transferred from the Iloilo City Proper police station to Mandurriao district.

C/Insp. Elizer Baclagon was moved from Mandurriao PNP to Arevalo district while C/Insp. Federico Silvestre III took over the Iloilo City proper police station.

The chiefs of police in Jaro, LaPaz and Molo will remain in their posts for the meantime.

S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal, ICPO director, gave an ultimatum to the Jaro and Iloilo City police stations to crack the three basag kotse incidents that happened last October 12-13, 2009.

Mongcal said they also organized the Task Group on Anti Theft and Robbery composed of Intelligence and Investigation and Detective Management Section (IDMS) personnel of ICPO.

The task group will focus on the gang and other robbery incidents in the city.

The ICPO also sought help from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to track down the gang members.

Mongcal said they have noticed that suspects transfer to Bacolod City after operating in Iloilo.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

GOOD enough.

This was the reaction of C/Insp. Conrado Carganillo, Iloilo City Proper police chief, with the filing of homicide charge against the suspects in the death of an office accountant and secretary early this year.

Carganillo said the filing of the case confirmed their investigation that Julife Balbanida did not commit suicide but was shot to death.

Balbanida, a native of Arevalo, Iloilo City, was found dead February 4 inside the comfort room of Uni Eco Steel Corp. on Valeria Street, Iloilo City.

The Iloilo City Prosecutors Office (ICPO) has approved the filing of homicide charges with the Regional Trial Court against Teofilo and Raymond Kho, owners of sang Uni Eco Steel and employee Ike Panganiban.  

The suspects initially claimed that Balbanida committed suicide inside the CR but the Iloilo City Proper police discovered evidence that point to foul play.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) originally filed murder raps against the Khos and Panganiban April 2009 but the ICPO lowered the charges to homicide.

Carganillo said they sought the help of the NBI in gathering more evidence and statements of witnesses and suspects “because we have no subpoena powers.”

“The NBI can summon any person for investigation through a subpoena. We were able to gather more proof of foul play with the help of the NBI,” Carganillo said.

Carganillo said they are contented with the decision of the ICPO “as it proves that Balbinada was killed and did not commit suicide.”

“We are vindicated. At least, the prosecutors were able to find probable cause to sue the suspects for homicide.” Carganillo said.

Based on the final NBI investigation report, Balbanida’s death was not a case of suicide as claimed by her employers.

NBI Special Agent (SA) Ernesto Lim said Balbanida was killed after the Kos discovered the tampered check worth P60,000 which they entrusted to the victim being the accountant and trusted employee.

The altered check surfaced after bank employee Paul Albert Javian brought it to Uni-Eco to verify Teofilo Kho’s signature.

The Khos wondered why the check was marked “paid to cash” instead of indicating the name of the payee.

“The situation worsened when the employers alleged that they discovered more tampered checks after conducting their own investigation. The killing emanated from the discovery of dishonesty, deceit and fraud allegedly committed by the victim when she was entrusted huge amounts of money. Another reason is the alleged abuse of confidence by the victim who virtually ran the finances of the company. When they discovered the anomaly, they erupted. These are the crystal clear motives of the respondents,” Lim said in his investigation.

While they cannot determine who shot Balbanida, the NBI said the Khos and Panganiban were the only persons with the victim before she was found dead inside the CR.

“Panganiban is not part of management and he claimed that it was his day off when the incident happened. But he was there after he was summoned by his employers. Why was he there when he had nothing to do with money matters? He is too obedient,” Lim said.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE alleged fake priest soliciting for money in exchange for prayers for the dead visited two government offices based in Iloilo City.

Edwin Trompeta, Department of Tourism regional director, said a certain Charles Lobaton went to their office on Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City last week and introduced himself as a member of the Franciscan Missionaries in Quezon City.

Trompeta said Lobaton first called his office two months ago to invite him to view antique furniture he is selling.

“But I had no time to visit his place as I was very busy. He called our office three times to invite me. I even learned that he also went to the offices of the Department of Education, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG),” Trompeta said.

The DILG is headed by Trompeta’s wife, Evelyn.

Last Friday, Lobaton appeared at the DOT office with an image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Since Trompeta was out of town, DOT employees entertained Lobaton who distributed envelopes for prayer intentions and donations.

“He even sold religious frames to the employees. He even told our employees that the DOT is very lucky because our office was the last place to be visited by the image which is bound to return to Barcelona, Spain,” he added.

On Sunday, Lobaton called the Trompetas’ residence and asked for an audience with the DOT chief even for just 15 minutes.

Lobaton finally met Trompeta and they discussed about the relief efforts and donation drive of the Franciscan Missionaries.

“Lobaton told me that their school in Pangasinan was damaged during the flood and they are asking for donations,” Trompeta said.

Trompeta said he asked for Lobaton’s address and contact number “but he kept changing the details he gave me.”

When Trompeta verified Lobaton’s identity and affiliation with the Franciscan Missionaries, he learned that the religious order was composed mostly of nuns.

“They only have a handful of priests whom they know by heart and they cannot recall any member by the name of Charles Lobaton. That’s when I became suspicious of this person,” Trompeta said.

The Franciscan Missionaries also told Trompeta that their members bear ID cards and authorization letters to conduct religious activities.

Trompeta said he referred the matter to the Archdiocese of Jaro which later released an advisory on the alleged fake priest.

‘Maybe we should be wary because we have the tendency to be respectful of persons who claim to be priests. A little caution won’t harm,” Trompeta said.

But city police releases him

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A SUSPECTED car robber surrendered to the Iloilo City Proper police station after he was tagged in Bukas Kotse incident last Tuesday morning.

Francisco Tamayo of Brgy. Monica, Iloilo City Proper is one of the two suspects who allegedly smashed open the Isuzu Crosswind of Wilfredo Lim at Burgos Street in the City Proper district near the Social Security System office.

Lim lost more or less P100,000 worth of gift checks and P25,000 cash.

Chief Insp. Conrado Carganillo, Iloilo City Proper police chief, said Punong Barangay Lilliane Sorioso of Monica convinced Tamayo to surrender after a witness identified him as a suspect in the incident.

According to Carganillo, Tamayo was the person who asked helped from two charcoal haulers who were near the crime scene to push his stalled car near Plaza Libertad.

“Tamayo allegedly drew the haulers’ attention to Plaza Libertad so his cohort can break open Lim’s car and steal the bag containing the gift checks and cash. When his companion was finished with the heist, Tamayo told the haulers that his car was okay then picked up the other suspect,” Carganillo said in a press conference at the Iloilo City Hall.

Carganillos said Tamayo denied the allegations against him and has refused to speak to investigators.

Tamayo was released after questioning by authorities as he cannot be arrested under the “hot pursuit” rule as the incident happened two days ago.

The police also convinced the two charcoal haulers, who remain unidentified, to testify against Tamayo but they refused to cooperate.

SYNDICATE

Supt. Eugenio Espejo, Iloilo City Police Office OIC-director, said the car robbers who struck last Monday and Tuesday are “new faces.”

“We don’t have their photographs in our rogues’ gallery and they speak Tagalog, Waray and Cebuano which mean they are not from Iloilo,” Espejo said.

Three car heists happened around Iloilo City since Monday.

The first incident happened Monday evening outside a restaurant owned by the family of Mayor Jerry Treñas. Journalist Florence Hibionada and lawyer Joviel Edama lost two laptop computers and more or less P5,000 cash.

The second incident involved Lim’s car near SSS office.

The third incident happened outside a grocery store in Brgy. Quintin Salas, Jaro where businessman Margarito Parcon of Pototan lost P610,000 cash and a caliber .45 pistol with three magazines.

Espejo said the suspects may have passed by Iloilo to test their modus operandi and raise funds for their operations in Bacolod City which is celebrating the Masskara Festival.

Citing their previous investigations, Espejo said the Bukas Kotse syndicate operates in 10 teams composed of 2-3 persons per team.

Espejo said the suspects use three cars as surveillance, cover and getaway vehicles.

“We tried to trace the registration plates of the cars allegedly used by the syndicate but we encountered dead ends,” he added.

Espejo said they have information on the leader or leaders of the gang but he refused to give details for the meantime.

Acting Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog assured that the police are doing their job in tracking down the suspects who are tagged to 28 car robberies since February 2009.

Mabilog said the Bukas Kotse operation is not exclusive to Iloilo City “as it also happens in Bacolod, Cebu, Metro Manila and even other parts of the world.”

“These crimes could be happening because the city is developing. As we develop, we encounter many crimes that go along with progress. But the city government, the police and other law enforcement agencies are working together to solve this problem,” he added.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

BEWARE of persons who pretend as priests knocking on your doors to solicit money in exchange for blessings from a holy image.

Worse, some of these false priests ask money in exchange for prayers for the dead.

The Archdiocese of Jaro warned the public not to fall victim to persons who pass themselves as priests and seminarians.

In a statement emailed to The Daily Guardian, the Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese said these fake priests and seminarians go around offices and homes and deceive people to give them money.

Local Catholic authorities issued the warning following reports that a man presenting himself as a Franciscan priest is going around government offices bringing the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The suspect claims the image came from Barcelona, Spain and solicits funds and donations for the prayers for the dead.

“The Commission on Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Jaro is warning the clergy, religious women, and heads of Catholic schools and other institutions as well as the public of fake priests and seminarian performing Roman Catholic rituals and obtaining funds,” the statement said.

To avoid being duped by these fakes, the Archdiocese advised the public to demand for a celebret from a person who presents himself from another place or diocese. A celebret is a letter that a bishop gives to a priest to certify that the priest is allowed to say mass and is free from canonical censures.

“The Catholic priests of the Archdiocese of Jaro and the seminarians do not go around offices to solicit funds,” the statement said.

The Archdiocese also advised the public to verify the identities of persons who claim to be priests with the Chancery Office at (+63 33) 3294442.

Identities of persons who claim to be seminarians can be verified with the St. Joseph Regional Seminary at (+ 63 33) 320 0010 and St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary at (+63 33) 3294734.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

IS Chief Insp. Musa Amiyong on his way back to Western Visayas?

This question percolated in the media when a PNP special order surfaced yesterday directing the reassignment of Amiyong, former Iloilo City police intelligence czar, to Region 6.

The supposed special order issued this month was signed by police Director Abner Cabalquinto, head of the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.

The special order suspended the assignment of Amiyong to the Personnel Holding and Accounting Unit (PHAU) in Camp Crame.

From Camp Crame, Amiyong was detailed to the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) in Camp Martin Delgado in Iloilo City.

Amiyong was relieved from the Iloilo City Police Office as intelligence section chief effective July 27, 2009 through Special Order No. 2384. He was then ordered to report to PHAU.

PRO-6 Director Isagani Cuevas has yet to confirm or deny Amiyong’s reassignment to Western Visayas.

Amiyong was transferred from Iloilo City upon recommendation of the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) headed by Police Director Raul Bacalzo.

Reports from the police community said Amiyong was tagged in the death of PO1 Frederick Capasao, a former member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, in 2007.

Amiyong was also dragged in the alleged pilferage of fuel used by contractors of the Iloilo Flood Control Project. He was also accused of shooting two youngsters in General Luna Street, Iloilo City last August 13, 2008.

Amiyong had denied all the charges against him.

Sources from the Iloilo City Hall and PRO-6 said a powerful politician moved for Amiyong’s return to Region 6 by threatening to hold the PNP budget next year.

Amiyong has been linked to the group of Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Raul Gonzalez Sr.

But Gonzalez said Amiyong only provided security assessments and recommendations.

Police probes 3 separate car theft cases

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

AFTER more than a month of hiatus, the notorious Bukas Kotse gang struck again the past two days and victimized a lawyer, a journalist and two businessmen.

In less than 24 hours, the car thieves hauled a total of P640,000 cash, P100,000 worth of gift checks and undetermined amount of laptops and personal items.

The first car theft happened around 10pm Monday evening in front of a restaurant owned by the family of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas.

Atty. Joviel Edama, newshen Florence Hibionada, broadcaster Jun Capulot and Nereo Lujan and Mercedes Tabano were having dinner at Carlos Bakeshop in Brgy. Dungon A, Jaro, right beside the house of Treñas.

Edama parked his silver Isuzu APV in front of the restaurant and left their personal items in the van.

When the group returned to the parking area, Edama discovered that the right glass window of the van was already broken.

The suspects carted away two laptops owned by Edama and Hibionada and two bags with more or less P5,000 cash inside.

According initial police investigation, the lone security guard saw two men lurking in the parking area minutes before the theft was discovered.

The guard said one of the men even asked him to buy bottled water inside the restaurant. But the men disappeared when the guard returned with the bottled water. Apparently, the men diverted the guard’s attention from the parking.

Waiters inside the restaurant said they saw another man making a call in his cellphone. But the man quickly went out of the restaurant along with two persons who boarded an unidentified vehicle.

Hibionada told Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo that she also noticed the man on the cellphone but she did not suspect as she was busy with their discussion aside from being tired.

The bags containing documents and computer software installers were recovered behind a grocery store in Brgy. Tabuc Suba, Jaro around 11pm.

The second incident happened 10am Tuesday at Burgos Street, Iloilo City Proper near the Social Security System (SSS)-Iloilo office.

Wilfredo Lim, 61, of Alta Tierra Village, Jaro parked his gray Isuzu Crosswind near SSS.

When Lim returned, his car’s glass window was already smashed. The suspects carted away P100,000 worth of gift checks and P25,000 cash.

Witnesses said they saw a car with three persons parked beside Lim’s vehicle before the theft was discovered.

The person driving the car asked help from bystanders to push the car because its engine stalled.

The Iloilo City Proper police station said the car may have served as distraction or cover while one of the suspects smashed Lim’s vehicle.

At around 2pm Tuesday, businessman Margarito Parcon of Brgy. Rumbang, Pototan discovered that the left glass window of his Nissan Frontier Navarra was already smashed to bits.

Parcon parked his vehicle outside SM Savemore in Brgy. Quintin, Salas, Jaro to buy some items inside the store.

When he returned 10 minutes later, Parcon discovered that his clutch bag containing P610,000 cash and a caliber .45 pistol with three magazines was already gone.

Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, ordered the Iloilo City Police Office to beef up its efforts in neutralizing the Bukas Kotse gang.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

ONE of the suspects in the robbery and killing of a foundation official inside an Iloilo City hotel was arrested Monday evening.

Members of the PNP Regional Intelligence Division arrested Chris Alden Tabaosares at Remonville Subdivision in Brgy. Tabuc Suba, Jaro.

Tabaosares was arrested on the strength of a warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Guiljie Delfin-Lim.

Tabaosares was charged with robbery with homicide for the death of Epi Ramos, chief executive officer of Field Epidemiology Training Program Alumni Foundation Inc.

Ramos, a native of Cabatuan, Iloilo, was found dead inside Room 404 of Centennial Eon Plaza Hotel on Jalandoni Street, Iloilo City proper last January 27. He succumbed to 26 stab wounds, according to the autopsy report.

The victim’s two laptop computers, two cellphones and undetermined amount of cash were missing from his room.

Aside from Tabaosares, Jude Velado of Brgy. Sto. Rosario-Duran, Iloilo City Proper was also charged for Ramos’ death.

Tabaosares and Velado were the last persons who visited Ramos in the evening of January 26.

An unidentified witness claimed hearing the suspect’s plan to rob Ramos inside the hotel.

Tabaosares reportedly fled to Negros Occidental when he learned that the case was filed against him.

Intelligence officers let Tabaosares’s trail go cold as they believe he will eventually return to Iloilo.

Tabaosares was later spotted at Remonville.

Tabaosares is now detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Jaro district.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

ILOILO City Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) to sift non-performing police officers from its rank following the escape of two detainees from the LaPaz police station.

Treñas said he ordered S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal, ICPO director, to gather the names of cops with sub-par performance for possible reassignment outside the city.

The mayor issued the order to the ICPO when he learned of the daring escape of detainees Alberto Patpat and Mark Anthony Cahandig from the LaPaz PNP jail cell last Wednesday.

SPO2 Nestor Alitao, jailer on-duty when the jailbreak happened, is facing possible administrative and criminal cases relative to the incident.

Alitao reportedly was asleep when Cahandig and Patpat sawed the cell’s iron grills with a guitar string.

Treñas said he expects city police officers to perform well during their duty as they are receiving ample allowances and other assistance from City Hall.

The mayor said he increased the honorarium and allowances of ICPO officers from P800 to P1,000 per month.

“In 2010, their allowances will again be increased to P1,200 per month,” Treñas said. 

As regards Mongcal’s supposed relief from the ICPO, Treñas said he still trusts the latter.

“I have not heard of any report that he will be relieved from the ICPO. The PNP regional command did not (give) hint (on) any plan to transfer him to other units,” he added.

S/Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, former Iloilo provincial police director, is reportedly being touted to take over the ICPO helm.

Meanwhile, Susan Patpat of Calaparan, Arevalo said her son Alberto will soon surrender to the police.

Susan said her son sent surrender feelers to her and will surface when the right time comes.

She said Alberto was involved in a simple mugging case which she is trying to settle with the complainant.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

TWO detainees of the LaPaz police station in Iloilo City escaped early Wednesday morning under the very nose of a sleeping jailer on duty.

Alberto Doronila of LaPaz, Iloilo City and Mark Anthony Cahandig of Brgy. Caingin, LaPaz bolted from the LaPaz PNP jail by cutting the cell’s iron grills with a guitar string.

The two detainees escaped around 2am when they sensed that SPO2 Nestor Alipao was  in deep slumber.

The other detainers inside the jail cell claimed they failed to notice the plan of Doronila and Cahandig to escape.

Doronila is facing robbery charges while Cahandig was arrested recently at Brgy. Divinagracia, LaPaz for illegal possession of firearms.

Cahandig is also accused of frustrated homicide aside from being suspected of robbing and attacking lovers in LaPaz plaza.

S/Insp. Alexander Rosales, LaPaz police chief, said Cahandig planned the escape because of the numerous cases he is facing.

Rosales said a cohort of Cahandig may have slipped the guitar string inside the jail by inserting it in the waist band of an underwear.

Rosales said Alipao will be facing criminal and administrative charges for the incident.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

FOUR suspected robbers were killed in a shootout with the PNP’s 608th Iloilo Provincial Mobile Group (IPMG) in a resort in San Dionisio, Iloilo 7pm Thursday.

Three of the four suspects have been identified – Eric Alminar, Sonny Madriaga and Reynold Romawak – all of Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

S/Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, Iloilo provincial police director, said the suspects robbed Chinese trader Tee Wee Zhang in Sara town proper around 6pm.

The suspects took P20,000 cash and cellphones from the store, according to Supt. Ipil Dueñas, 608th IPMG director.

The suspects engaged the 608th IPMG in a resort in Brgy. Nipa, San Dionisio at around 7pm.

Dueñas said they learned of the suspects’ whereabouts through tips from civilians whom the fleeing suspects almost ran over.

Dueñas said the suspects fired at their team, forcing them to retaliate.

Recovered from the suspects were two caliber .38 revolvers, 1 caliber .45 pistol and a hand grenade.

Dueñas said the slain suspects could be members of the Commando robbery group operating in Manila. He based his findings on the musang (mouse deer) tattoos found on the suspects.

C/Supt. Isagani, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, said the death of the four suspected robbers validated earlier reports that members of crime groups were spotted in Iloilo.

Cuevas said the information from the tipster and quick reaction of the police led to the neutralization of the suspects.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE two persons believed to be victims of summary killing may have links to criminal syndicates and the spate of assassinations in the city and province of Iloilo, the PNP said.

Records from the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO) and Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) show that Edwin Salon, 29, of LaPaz, Iloilo and Rolly Portillo of Iloilo City Proper were involved in sensational cases in the city.

Salon and Portillo were found dead at the boundary of Brgys. Bitoon, Jaro and Camangay, Leganes Wednesday.

The victims’ severe wounds indicate they were tortured to death.

Supt. Eugenio Espejo, ICPO deputy director, said Portillo is one of the suspects in the robbery of the Vallacar Transit office in Jaro, Iloilo early last month.

Vallacar Transit, which operates the Ceres Bus Line, lost more than P300,000 cash when armed suspects robbed its office at Brgy. Buhang, Jaro September 7.

Espejo said Portillo is also the alleged lookout in the ambush of the Gulanes family in Brgy. Sambag, Jaro last September 3.

George Gulanes died in the shooting while his wife Ronielyn and their 14-year-old daughter survived. The survivors have reportedly fled the country following the series of death threats from the suspects.

Portillo was also involved in a group of assassins responsible for the killing of former Bureau of Fire Prevention official Casiano del Castillo in Arevalo and the attempt on the life of Danny Gabo in Jaro.

S/Supt. Ricardo dela Paz, IPPO director, confirmed Espejo’s information saying Portillo was part of the groups of Roger Palma and Edgar Cordero.

Cordero is the alleged gunman of former Ajuy vice mayor Ramon Rojas in May 2009.

Portillo also figured in a shootout with the police following a robbery incident in central Iloilo.

As regards Salon, Espejo said his house, which also doubles as a restaurant, is allegedly one of the safe houses of the gun-for-hire syndicate.

Salon is believed to be the contact person or mediator between the suspected assassins and those who require their services.

Salon’s family said they have no idea if he is involved in any syndicate as he seldom leaves their home to tend to their business.

Espejo said the victims’ may have been murdered to prevent them from squealing what they know about the assassinations and other crimes in Iloilo.

But Espejo shot down the possibility that a vigilante group is behind the death of Salon and Portillo.

PNP regional director Isagani Cuevas said there are no vigilantes operating in any part of Western Visayas.

Cuevas said he directed ICPO director Melvin Mongcal to focus on the case.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas expressed concern over the incident and instructed Mongcal to conduct a thorough investigation.

Treñas said he does not like a vigilante group operating in this city as judge and executioner at the same time.

2 bodies found at Jaro-Leganes roadside

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

TWO persons believed to be victims of “salvaging” or summary killing were found in the boundary of Jaro, Iloilo City and Leganes, Iloilo Wednesday morning.

The remains of Edwin Salon, 29, owner of Ricky Talabahan at Hechanova Street, LaPaz, Iloilo City and Rolly Portillo of Brgy. Wilson-Jalandoni, Iloilo City Proper were found on the roadside between Brgys. Bitoon, Jaro and Camangay, Leganes 9am yesterday.

A farmer who happened to pass by the area found the bodies of the two victims who were hogtied with wires and handcuffs while their heads were covered with plastic bags.

Salon’s wife Mila identified the victims, particularly through Salon’s tattoos.

According to Mila, the victims were last seen alive around 1pm Tuesday when Salon accompanied Portillo to the corner of Jalandoni Bridge and Gen. Luna Street, Iloilo City Proper after eating at their restaurant.

The victims were also accompanied by two persons – Jake and Warren – Mila said.

She was later surprised when she heard that two persons who matched the profile of her husband and Portillo were found dead in Jaro, Iloilo City.

Based on initial police investigation, Salon’s and Portillo’s remains showed signs of torture.

Salon bore burns possibly from lighted cigarettes aside from hack wounds and contusions in the head. Some portions of his body were skinned while his left ear was sliced.

Portillo suffered hack wounds while his head was pummeled with a hard object.

The Jaro police said the two might be victims of salvaging, Filipino slang for summary killing.

Chief Insp. Orly Gabinete, Jaro PNP commander, said the victims may have been killed in another area and later dumped in Brgy. Bitoon.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

TWO suspects in the assassination of a former mayor of San Joaquin, Iloilo were arrested the other day.

Nemesio Panugot, 51, was arrested at Brgy. Lawigan, San Joaquin while Lino Napao, 59, was nabbed at Brgy. Balabago in the said town.

Panugot and Napao were arrested on the strength of arrest warrants issued by Judge Danilo P. Galvez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 67 in Guimbal, Iloilo.

The two suspects are facing murder charges in Criminal Case No. 925 relative to the killing of former San Joaquin Mayor Jesus Sibya Jr. seven years ago.

Sibya was slain in front of his residence and campaign headquarters three days before the May 14, 2001 election. An aide of the slain mayor was also wounded in the shooting.

The alleged mastermind of the assassination is former mayor Sebastian “Bastik” Serag, brother of incumbent San Joaquin Mayor Ninfa Serag-Garin, the wife of former 1st district Rep. Oscar Garin.

Aside from Panugot and Napao, two other suspects – Rodolfo Talangquines and Dennis Segumalian – were arrested earlier for the said crime.

A total of 20 persons, including three John Does, were charged for the murder of Sibya.

It has been a roller-coaster ride for the Sibya murder case after the Department of Justice flipped-flopped on the charges filed against the suspects.

The Iloilo Provincial Prosecutors Office (IPPO) originally filed murder and frustrated murder charges against the suspects.

But then Department of Justice Sec. Hernani Perez downgraded the charges to homicide and frustrated homicide which allowed the suspects to post bail.

In November 2002, Perez reversed his own decision and ordered the IPPO to withdraw the information for homicide and attempted homicide and instead file murder and attempted murder charges against Serag, et al before the Regional Trial Court.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

BLACK propaganda.

This was the reaction of the New People’s Army (NPA) as regards the claims of the Philippine Army that the rebel group is selling illegal drugs.

In a statement, Ka Ariston Remus of the NPA’s Napoleon Tumagtang Command (NTC) said the illegal drugs yarn is a ploy of the Army to cover up the failures of the 301st Infantry Brigade and 82nd Infantry Battalion in southern Iloilo.

Remus, whose area covers the Southern Front-Panay, said the Army suffered defeats in rebel hands during separate encounters in Igbaras and Tubungan last August 23, 26 and 28 and September 21.

The NPA spokesman said the rebels were unscathed in the said incursions while government troops suffered two deaths.

Also, the NPA said alleged rebels Joel and Rosemary Gabion are civilians residing in Brgy. Tigbanaba, Igbaras.

The Gabion couple allegedly led the Army to a suspected NPA camp in Igbaras where firearms, ammunitions and dried marijuana leaves were allegedly recovered.

Remus said the NPA abandoned the camp and they have no intention to defend to death the said base.

“The Army also spread black propaganda that dried marijuana leaves were found in the NPA camp. This is a big lie and it is clear in our history that anti-social activities and crimes are against NPA principles,” Remus said.

As regards the NPA’s use of land mines, which the Army branded as against international law and inhuman, Remus said they only use command-detonated landmines.

The NPA said the use of command detonated landmines is allowed under the Ottawa Treaty of 1997 which the Philippine government also signed.

“The NPA observes utmost discipline in using command-detonated explosives on actual targets. This is opposite to how the military uses bombs such as 105mm Howitzers which land on Tumandok communities at Brgy. Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz last June 29,” he added.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

AFTER the grisly beheading of a couple in the hands of their own mentally-challenged son in Pontevedra, Capiz, a husband killed his own wife and daughter in Mambusao, Capiz the other day.

Reports reaching Police Regional Office (PRO-6) in Camp Delgado said Rodelio Lapso, 40, smashed a wooden chopping board on the head and faces of his wife Marlyn, 40, and their 4-year-old daughter Roselyn inside their home in Brgy. Batiano, Mambusao.

Marlyn died on the spot due to severe injuries in her nose and lips while Roselyn died of head injuries at the Mambusao District Hospital.

Mambusao police who responded to the incident tried to enter Lapso’s house but he locked the door.

They later saw Rodelio covering his wife’s body with a bed sheet. Authorities later managed to barge inside the house and restrain the suspect.

Investigators said Rodelio bore slash wounds in his wrists, an indication that he might have attempted suicide upon realizing his actions.

Medico legal examination on Roselyn showed lacerations in her vagina, pointing to the possibility that she was raped.

Rodelio, who is believed to be suffering from nervous breakdown, is detained at the Mabusao police station.

Last Tuesday, Fernan Dela Vega beheaded his father Federico and mother Editha inside their home at Brgy. Limampungan, Pontevedra also in Capiz.

Fernan, who is also suffering from nervous breakdown due to illegal drugs, cooked his father’s head.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A BOMB threat disrupted the routine at the office of the Government Service Insurance Service (GSIS) in downtown Iloilo City 9am Thursday, a day after some of its pensioners failed to claim their already delayed pensions.

According to C/Insp. Conrado Carganillo, Iloilo City Police Station 1 commander, GSIS-Iloilo assistant manager Fe Panes received a text message informing her that a bomb was planted in their office at Imperial Building, Iznart Street, Iloilo City.

The information prompted GSIS employees and members to vacate the building to give way to bomb experts and the police to inspect the building.

After about 30 minutes, the police did not find any bomb or suspicious package and allowed the employees and pensioners to enter.

The alleged bomb threat happened after some pensioners complained that they did not receive their monthly annuity which was supposed to be released last September 8.

The GSIS advised pensioners that their delayed pensions will be released through their e-Card with Unionbank on September 23.

But most of the pensioners who went to Unionbank branches on Iznart and Gen. Luna Streets said they did not receive a cent of their allowance.

Those who received half of their pension last September 8 also failed to receive the remaining half last Wednesday.

Panes said they listed the names of GSIS retirees who did not get their pensions and forwarded their complaints to their central office.

Panes said the delay in the pensions is a result of the transfer of pensioners’ records to their new computer system which recently crashed.

A total of 119 GSIS pensioners from Iloilo and Bacolod City recently filed a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman against the state pension fund.

The pensioners asked the anti-graft agency to look into the delays of their pensions which reached as much as 8 months.

The Ombudsman will ask the GSIS to explain the delay.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

ARE the remaining members of the Gulanes family who were ambushed three weeks ago no longer in Iloilo City?

This question boggles the Iloilo City police as they try to locate Ronielyn Gulanes and her 14-year-old daughter.

It turned out that mother and child have already fled abroad, according to police sources.

The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) had no inkling that Ronielyn and her daughter left when the former was released from the Iloilo Mission Hospital.

Ronielyn’s husband George died after two gunmen waylaid their pickup truck early morning of September 3 at Brgy. Sambag, Jaro, Iloilo City. Ronielyn was wounded in her cheek while their daughter was unscathed.

ICPO operatives tried to locate the surviving Gulanes family in their house in Jaro and Ronielyn’s home town in Capiz but they failed.

Authorities later learned that mother and child are out of the country already.

News of the Gulanes family’s disappearance broke out after the ICPO filed Tuesday afternoon murder and frustrated murder charges against four suspects in the ambush, including the mastermind.

The police were trying to locate the survivors to get more details regarding the ambush and the suspects.

S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal said they provided security details to Ronielyn and her daughter but it remains a mystery how they slipped out of the country without the authorities’ knowledge. 

The surviving members of the Gulanes family must have fled after receiving threats from persons believed to be involved in the ambush.

Intelligence reports said the mastermind offered P100,000 bonus to the gunmen if they can eliminate Ronielyn  and her daughter.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

AN Ilonggo soldier is one of the casualties in an ambush in Sulu Monday.

Private First Class Jonel Lauresta, 29, a native of Brgy. Don Esteban, LaPaz, Iloilo City is one of the eight Philippine Marines who died in Indanan, Sulu after they were waylaid by suspected Abu Sayyaf fighters.

Lauresta was a member of Battalion Landing Team 4 that overran one of the extremists’ main strongholds last Sunday.

The Marines were leaving the newly-captured camp when they were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf members resulting in the deaths of eight troopers and five guerrillas.

Lauresta joined the AFP six years ago after graduating as an electronic and air-conditioning technician from Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.

Fourteen soldiers were wounded in two days of fighting including two forward air controllers who were with ground troops to direct the bomb attacks against the militants, AFP officers said.

Fighting had raged on Sunday between the military and as many as 200 Abu Sayyaf guerrillas, but the troops finally raised the Philippine flag over the mountainous area, said Maj. Gen. Benjamin Dolorfino, head of military forces in the south.

In August 16 four Ilonggo marines were also slain in Mindanao when they were  ambushed by the same bandit group.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

A 25-year-old man in Pontevedra, Capiz beheaded and cooked the head of his parents Tuesday morning.

Editha Dela Vega, 62, was busy preparing coffee in their kitchen when her son Fernan Dela Vega sneaked behind her and struck her neck with the back of an axe.

As Editha fell to the floor, her husband Federico, 56, a kagawad of Brgy. Limampungan saw the incident and tried to grab the axe from their son Fernan.

But Fernan also pummeled and knocked off his father with the axe.

Renato dela Cruz, a neighbor and relative of the dela Vegas saw the incident and tried to stop Fernan but the latter also chased him with the axe.

Dela Cruz ran to the house of their village chief Rodolfo Balsomo to ask for help. When they returned to the dela Vegas’s house, they witnessed a horrendous sight.

Fernan dragged his Federico’s body outside their house and started to chop his father’s head with an espading (machete).

When the espading failed to severe Federico’s head, Fernan used a knife to complete the grisly ritual.

He then threw Federico’s head into a pot of boiling water and seasoned the broth with salt and vetsin (monosodium glutamate).

The police later arrived and they also saw how Fernan tasted the grisly soup he was cooking.

The village officials and police could not go near Fernan as he kept on threatening to hack them with his weapons.

Armando Blasurca, former municipal councilor of Pontevedra and owner of the lot where the dela Vegas leave, helped convince Fernan to surrender.

Relatives of Fernan said he was admitted to the Regional Mental Health Center in Pototan, Iloilo for substance abuse in 2005.

Back in college, Fernan was hooked on shabu until he developed nervous breakdown. He was later released from the hospital in 2008 after showing signs of improvement.

Prior to the incident, Fernan asked his parents’ permission to go to Metro Manila but they refused.

Fernan is in isolation at the Pontevedra PNP.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

POLICE have filed criminal charges against the suspects in the robbery of the remittance center of a bus liner operator in Jaro, Iloilo City early this month.

C/Insp. Orly Gabinete, Jaro PNP chief, said robbery in band charges were filed against 10 suspects who connived to rob the office of Vallacar Transit, operator of the Ceres Bus Line, in Brgy. Buhang, Jaro.

The heavily-armed suspects carted away an estimated P300,000 cash from the Vallacar office last September 7.

But Gabinete did not name the suspects saying only the Iloilo City Prosecutors Office (ICPO) can provide such information.

But the ICPO refused to release copies of the charge sheet to the media.

The Jaro police said they want to surprise the suspects whom they are still hunting, reason why they cannot reveal the culprits’ identities.

Police sources privy with the investigation said the heist was an inside job because the suspects were familiar with the scene of the incident.

The suspects knew the remittance office where conductors remit their earnings for the day. The office also houses a safety vault where the remittances are kept.

The robbers also struck at the time when two of the four security guards were having dinner. They also timed the strike when the bus conductors have remitted their collections.

“The suspects got information about their target from someone who is familiar with the area,” the police sources said.

The investigators also believe that a person with knowledge of police or military operations directed the heist which was over in 5 minutes.

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.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has provided security personnel to surviving members of the Gulanes family who were ambushed in Jaro, Iloilo City two weeks ago.

S/Supt. Melvin Mongcal, ICPO director, confirmed reports that Ronielyn Gulanes and her 14-year-old daughter continue to receive threatening text messages.

The threats were believed to be sent by suspects who ambushed the Gulanes family at San Paulo Village in Brgy. Sambag, Jaro around 7am of September 3.

Ronielyn’s husband George died in the ambush after two gunmen fired at their pickup.

“In fact, right the incident we sent police officers to the hospital where the wife is recuperating. We also continue to check the safety of the child who is now in a safer location,” Mongcal said.

Mongcal said the persons who sent the threats might be trying to dissuade the family from cooperating with the police and pursue the criminal cases that will be filed against the mastermind and the gunmen.

Mongcal said the family is still cooperative with the police as the wife has identified one of the gunmen.

“We are just waiting for the wife to sign her sworn affidavit which will become part of our evidence in the filing of the case,” he added.

Mongcal said only close family members are allowed to visit Ronielyn at the hospital. Strict inspection and verification of the visitors’ identities are implemented as part of the security measures.

The Gulanes’s family’s lending business is believed to be the motive for the ambush, according to police investigators.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

TWO persons died while three others were wounded when officials of two barangays in San Remegio, Antique clashed Tuesday afternoon.

Reports from Police Regional Office (PRO-6) said barangay kagawad Ronald Beriong of Banbanan, San Remigio and tanod Emilio Tañaquen of Lumpatan, San Remigio died of gunshot and hack wounds.

Injured were punong barangay Jimmy Ambrosio, his cousin Escolastico Ambrosio, both of Lumpatan and Antonio Calmacio of Banbanan.

The Antique police said the encounter happened between the officials of Banbanan and Lumpatan when Beriong and his four companions went to Lumpatan late afternoon Tuesday.

A conflict has been brewing between officials of the two leaders after Lumpatan officials accused Beriong as the leader of a gang of cattle rustlers who stole a carabao owned by Ambrosio.

The two groups exchanged shots and hacks when they crossed paths at Brgy. Lumpatan.

Beriong’s companions, who are suspected cattle rustlers, fled after the incident.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

MORE than P240,000 terminal fees was discovered missing inside the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, Negros Occidental Wednesday.

Reports reaching the Police Regional Office (PRO-6) said unidentified suspects filched a total of P240,400 cash from a steel cabinet at the second floor of the airport.

According to the Silay City police headed by Supt. Jerry Bartolome, the theft is an inside job as the suspects knew where the money was hidden.

The police have established the identities of the suspects but they refused to give details pending further investigation and filing of charges.

Antonio Alfonso, chief of the Civil Aviation Authority based at the airport, said they will impose severe penalties on any airport employee involved in the incident.

The airport management will also inspect the facility and revise security measures to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Iloilo chapter accepted the apology issued by the region’s top police official over reports that a lawyer was coddling the Bukas Kotse gang.

In a statement emailed to The Daily Guardian, IBP-Iloilo President Marven B. Daquilanea praised C/Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Police Regional Office (PRO-6) director, for clarifying the issue and apologizing for the report.

“In behalf of the IBP Iloilo Chapter I am expressing our gratitude and appreciation for the reported apology of PNP Regional Director Isagani Cuevas,” Daquilanea said.

Daquilanea said the IBP will continue to work with the PNP in law enforcement and administration of justice.

“We reiterate our admiration and support to the PNP leadership in Region 6, and we hope that we can work with them in their law enforcement efforts for the better and more effective administration of justice. Thank you, Chief Supt. Cuevas, for clarifying a sensitive matter which would have been unnecessarily derogatory to the members of our organization,” he added.

Daquilanea said he sent the statement after reading TDG’s report on Cuevas’s apology to the IBP, the tri-media and the business community Tuesday.

“I hope this will help us maintain our good relationship with…Director Cuevas,” Daquilanea said.

Cuevas made the apology following a news item quoting a PRO-6 official as saying that a lawyer, a mediaman and a businessman were protecting car thieves.

Cuevas said the information did not come from the PRO-6 but was a leading question asked to S/Supt. Edgar Layon, PRO-6 directorial staff, during a press conference.

The PRO-6 director said he apologized as the report may have offended some personalities.

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