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Friday, July 31, 2015

Aklan PNP revamps Boracay police chief anew



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

A new Boracay chief of police will be installed following the latest round of revamp of key officers in Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO). 

                                                            PHOTO BORACAY TOURIST POLICE
Police Superintendent Danilo delos Santos succeeds Senior Inspector Frensy Andrade as officer-in-charge of Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC).

Delos Santos, the former head of Aklan Provincial Intelligence Branch, confirmed that he will take over the leadership of BTAC next week. He accepted the new assignment on July 28 from acting Aklan police provincial director Senior Superintendent Iver Apellido.  

Andrade served for six months when he was assigned on February 6, 2015 as officer-in-charge of BTAC. 

Last July 15, police chiefs of the capital town of Kalibo and Tangalan have been relieved and replaced also by Apellido. 

The new BTAC chief said he will coordinate with the local, barangay officials and force multipliers in the anti-criminality campaign in the island.

Delos Santos also vowed to make the safety of tourists and residents his top priorities. He also urged his men to work hard to solve crimes and to bring the best services for all of stakeholders and tourists in Boracay. 

The island has 100-strong BTAC personnel tasked to secure the three barangays of Yapak, Manoc-Manoc and Balabag.   

Delos Santos, who hails from Iloilo City, also served as chief of San Rafael police station last year and Molo police station in Iloilo in 2009 before his assignment in Aklan. He was also assigned in the towns of Estancia and San Dionisio.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Barangay captain arrested for illegal drug trade

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
 
A barangay captain in New Washington, Aklan was arrested on July 29 by virtue of a warrant of arrest for illegal drug trade. 
 
Judge Marietta Homena of the Regional Trial Court Branch 1 in Kalibo, Aklan ordered the immediate arrest of Isidro Mayor Buñe, resident of Purok 1, Pinamuk-an, New Washington, Aklan.
 
Buñe was arrested on the strength of the warrant of arrest docketed under Criminal Case No. 12255 on July 24, 2015 for violation of Section 5 of Article II of Republic Act No. 9165 otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 
 
No bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty. 
 
The 42-year old Buñe was arrested in his house at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday by operatives of Aklan Provincial Anti-Illegal Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) led by Senior Inspector Bernard Ufano, Provincial Intelligence Branch, Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) and the New Washington municipal police station.
 
Police said they arrested Buñe after three police officers served the warrant of arrest in the former’s residence. The suspect did not resist the arrest. 
 
“Kaibahan ku daywa ku nga masaligan nga tawu. Sa may guwa dapit imaw it baeay tag maabutan namun si Buñe mga 5:30 p.m. (Kasama ko ang dalawang pulis sa pag-aresto. Naabutan namin si Buñe sa labas ng kanyang bahay mga 5:30 p.m.),” Ufano said.
 
Buñe was arrested earlier by PAIDSOTG on May 13, 2014 in a drug raid at his house in the island-barangay of Pinamuk-an, which could be reached through a 10-minute boat travel from New Washington port in Poblacion.
 
Ten small plastic sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, Samsung cellphone, wallet and P1,000 cash money were seized by operatives in a search operation by virtue of a search warrant number EJ-007-14 dated May 6, 2014.
 
Buñe, however, was released after he posted the bail bond of P200,000 for possession of illegal drugs under Section 11 of RA 9165 last year.
 
After Buñe’s release, investigators of PAIDSOTG filed a criminal case in the court for Section 5 or for illegal pushing of drugs against him. 
 
At around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Buñe was brought to New Washington police station where he was temporarily detained. 
 
He was turned over to court on Thursday morning and subsequently detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Nalook, Kalibo, Aklan.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Political leaders optimistic of Aklan redistricting



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Will the proposed Aklan redistricting finally get the thumbs-up of senators? It’s anyone’s guess. 

Redistricting supporters said they are just optimistic the Senate will decide the fate of Aklan redistricting this year. 

Former Banga mayor Antonio Maming, who is widely rumored to run for congressman in 2016, is optimistic that the Senate committee will tackle the redistricting of Aklan in time for the filing of certificate of candidacy in October.  

Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Rodson Mayor is also confident that the Senate will decide the issue by August.

The ‘long over-due’ bill to reapportion the lone district of Aklan into two districts is pending at the Senate committee on local government chaired by Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. 

The bill was authored by Aklan Representative Teodorico Haresco, Jr.   in the present Congress. It was transmitted to the Senate on June 4, 2015.

The measure dividing the existing 17-town lone district into two would mean better representation and better governance.

Before the proposed creation of two districts, the province of Aklan has 535,725 based on the 2010 census of population and housing issued by the National Statistics Office.

The proposed bill will have the Aklan, 1st District and Aklan, 2nd District. The first district is composed of the municipalities of Altavas, Balete, Batan, Banga, Kalibo, New Washington, Libacao and Madalag. These towns have a combined population of 282,395.

The second district is comprised of Buruanga, Ibajay, Lezo, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, Numancia and Tangalan with a population of 253,330. 

Section 5(3) in Article VI of the Constitution states: "Each legislative district shall comprise, as far as practicable, contiguous, compact, and adjacent territory. Each city with a population of at least two hundred fifty thousand, or each province, shall have at least one representative."

POLITICAL UPDATE
Haresco will likely run for re-election but there are no official pronouncements yet from his political camp. The incumbent Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores still hasn’t officially declared his intention to run for re-election in 2016. 

Former Aklan governor Carlito Marquez and incumbent New Washington mayor Edgar Peralta are among those seen to be running for congressman next year. 

SP member Mayor also confirmed last week he is running for Aklan vice governor in 2016.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2 suspected drug pushers arrested in Aklan



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Two suspected drug pushers were arrested by operatives during a joint operation in Banga, Aklan on Monday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as Emmanuel Neric, 24, of Poblacion, Altavas, Aklan and Emilyn Ilejay, 37, of 1407 Lord Court, Stockton, California USA and presently residing at Villa Salvacion, Toting Reyes Street, Kalibo, Aklan.

The suspects yielded plastic sachets of metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu and drug paraphernalia. 

A poseur buyer handed the P5,000 marked money to Neric in exchange for a plastic sachet of suspected shabu in a buy-bust operation along the diversion road in Mambog, Banga, Aklan at around 5:40 p.m.

Operatives also seized from Ilejay inside her sling bag were two plastic sachets of suspected shabu, three plastic tube pipes, and a bundle of empty plastic sachets container.

During the operation, the police also recovered improvised glass tube pipe and bamboo clipper, 14 pieces of glass tube vials, pair of scissor, improvised burner, four pieces of plastic sachets with residue of suspected shabu, digital pocket scale and P20 cash.

Banga police station led by Senior Police Officer 4 Angelito de Jose, Chief Inspector Danilo delos Santos of Aklan Provincial Intelligence Branch, Senior Inspector Bernard Ufano, chief of Provincial Anti-Illegal Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) and deputy chief Inspector Geo Colibao  also joined the sting operation. 

The arrested suspects are facing charges for violations of Section 5 and 11 of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Police officer injured, suspect killed in Aklan shootout


The suspect lies dead along the road in Barangay Osman, Malinao, Aklan after a shootout with the Aklan police in the morning of July 27 / PHOTO BY PNP-CIDG AKLAN
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
 
A police operation turned bloody after the No. 1 most wanted person in Aklan was killed and a police officer was injured in a shootout in Malinao, Aklan early Monday morning.
 
Senior Inspector John Paul Tovera, chief of Aklan Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), identified the suspect as 62-year old Giovani Legaspi Masula alias Abad, native of Vivo, Tangalan, Aklan and presently staying at Osman, Malinao. 
 
Tovera said while they were positioned at the hilly portion of Osman, Malinao, Aklan, two ‘habal-habal’ motorcycles approached the direction of the police. The suspect was riding a Rusi motorcycle with his two companions when Police Officer 3 Roy Iguin of CIDG-Aklan flagged them along the road at around 4:20 a.m.
 
“Ang pangalawang motorsiklo na lulan ang anak at asawa ni Masula ay bumalik ng huminto ang unang motorsiklo. Si Masula ay bumaba sa unang motorsiklo at tumalikod ng makilala na mga pulis ito,” he added. 
 
Sensing he will be arrested, Masula drew his caliber .45 pistol and opened fire, prompting the police authorities to return gunfire at the suspect. The suspect died in the spot with multiple gunshot wounds in the body, chest and head while Iguin sustained minor head injuries.
 
Iguin was taken to Saint Gabriel Medical Center in Kalibo, Aklan for treatment and was declared out of danger. 
 
“May isang pulis ng Malinao police station ay milagrong nakaiwas sa tama ng bala galing kay Masula. Ang bala ay tumama sa kanyang hawak na M-16 rifle,” Tovera said. 
 
Recovered by Aklan Scene of the Crime Operations (SOCO) were Masula’s caliber 45 pistol, two pieces of magazine assembly loaded with live ammunition, four fired cartridge of alleged M14, two fire cartridge of alleged M16, a bolo tucked in the suspect’s waist and the motorcycle. 
 
The slain suspect is tagged as the leader of Masula’s group involved in the gun-for-hire activities operating in the provinces of Aklan and Antique.
 
Two of Masula’s companions identified as Raymond Tambong, 28, resident of Libang, Makato, Aklan and Arche Legaspi, 28, resident of Vivo, Tangalan, Aklan were also brought to Malinao police station for investigation.
 
The operation was made by virtue of a warrant of arrest for murder in Criminal Case No. 3524 issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 1 presiding judge Marietta Homena-Valencia on April 16, 2012 in Kalibo, Aklan. No bail was recommended.
 
Masula is also a co-accused for homicide docketed under Criminal Case No. 10755 issued by Judge Domingo Casiple of RTC Branch 7 on February 26, 2014. A P40,000 bail bond was recommended for his arrest. 
 
Aside from CIDG-Aklan, elements of Aklan Public Safety Company led by Superintendent Rogen Morales, Provincial Intelligence Branch headed by Senior Inspector Bernard Ufano and Malinao police station led by Inspector Mark Ryan Panadero also joined the operation. 
 
“May mga sightings na tayo kay Masula umpisa last year sa Tangalan at Malinao at itong linggo nakatanggap tayo ng impormasyon sa ating ahente na ang suspek ay kasalukuyan sa Osman, Malinao, Aklan,” Tovera said.