3 KILLED, 3 NABBED IN NUEVA ECIJA BUY- BUST

The Manila Times - - REGIONS - CELSO M. CAJUCOM WIL­LIAM JUN GAR­CIA EU­GENE Y. ADIONG

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija: Three sus­pected push­ers were killed while three oth­ers were ar­rested in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Nueva Ecija on Fri­day as the govern­ment’s drug war con­tinue to rage here and else­where in the coun­try. In Cabanatuan City, the slain drug deal­ers were iden­ti­fied by po­lice chief, Supt. Pon­ciano Zafra, as Benjo San­ti­ago, of Barangay DS Gar­cia and Randy Mag­ta­las, of Barangay Bar­rera. Zafra said they re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that Mag­ta­las, alias Randy Mekaniko, was into il­licit trade in the area prompt­ing them to con­duct a buy-bust. But Mag­ta­las sensed that he was deal­ing with an op­er­a­tive and pulled out a cal­iber .38 re­volver and fired at the law­man trig­ger­ing a shoot out. In Talav­era, po­lice chief, Supt. Joe Neil Rojo re­ported that one Marvin Mag­ta­las (not re­lated to Cabanatuan slain sus­pect), 19, of Barangay Ma­tias, died after a brief gun­fight with the op­er­a­tives. Chief Insp. Noel Cruz, op­er­a­tions team leader, said they con­ducted a buy-bust in Barangay Es­guera against Mag­ta­las who opened fire at the op­er­a­tives upon ar­rival at the ap­pointed place. In sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion in Barangay Munti, law­men ar­rested Melvin Pas­cual, 32, of Barangay La Torre; spouses Leover San­ti­ago, 39, and Ron­a­lyn Abayon San­ti­ago, 29, both of Barangay Ad­uas Sur, all in Cabanatuan City. Seized from the sus­pects were four boxes of Nu­vain, five vials of Nabin or Nal­buphine – al­legedly high-in­duc­ing medicine brands; sy­ringes and other med­i­cal para­pher­na­lia. Senior Supt. Eliseo Tand­ing, Nueva Ecija pro­vin­cial po­lice di­rec­tor, re­peated his warn­ing to drug deal­ers and users to stop their il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties or sur­ren­der and un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at the Mega Drug Abuse Treat­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City or face the full force of the law.

52 LA UNION POLICEWOME­N FIELDED AS BIKE PATROLLERS

CAMP DIEGO SILANG, La Union: Newly-ap­pointed La Union Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice di­rec­tor, Supt. Ge­naro Sapiera, led the grad­u­a­tion and cer­e­mo­nial take-off of 52 policewome­n bike patrollers from the dif­fer­ent units and po­lice sta­tions in the prov­ince on Fri­day. Chief Insp. Sil­ve­rio Or­di­nado, po­lice in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, said the 10-day bi­cy­cle pa­trol train­ing course was the first “all- women lady bik­ers’ course in Re­gion 1, in­clud­ing a three- Day Tourist Ori­ented Po­lice for Com­mu­nity and Pro­tec­tion Train­ing. Or­di­nado said this is aimed to aug­ment more po­lice vis­i­bil­ity and crime-watch­ing, start­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties lack­ing of vil­lage.

MAN POS­ING AS CIDG AGENT NABBED FOR ESTAFA

BA­COLOD CITY: A man claim­ing to be an agent of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group (CIDG) was ar­rested by le­git­i­mate op­er­a­tives at Luisa Medel Na­tional High School in Barangay Tan­gub here. Po­lice iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Michael James Var­gas, 29, Green­plains Sub­di­vi­sion, Barangay Sing­cang-Air­port. Senior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Ramiro Go­cotano, CIDG-Ba­colod chief field in­ves­ti­ga­tor, said Joseph Yan­son and Mariel Taka­matsu, filed a com­plaint against Var­gas, who al­legedly in­tro­duced him­self as CIDG op­er­a­tive with the rank of Senior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 4. Yan­son claimed Var­gas bor­rowed P170,000 cash from him, but failed to pay back. Var­gas also used the name of for­mer CIDG-Negros chief, Chief Insp. Ariel Ar­tillero, claim­ing he was or­dered by the lat­ter to bor­row P50,000 from Yan­son. Taka­matsu, also claimed Var­gas rented her ve­hi­cle, but did not pay the rental after 41 days. Var­gas was ar­rested through the Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem bea­con in the ve­hi­cle he rented from Taka­matsu. Var­gas is fac­ing two counts of estafa and usurpa­tion of au­thor­ity.

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