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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kagawad tagged in Libacao shooting surrenders



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The suspect in the shooting incident in Libacao, Aklan surrendered to the police before midnight on Tuesday. 

Jonathan Felix, 21, barangay kagawad of Hilwan, Tapaz, Capiz, was positively pinpointed by 21-year old Jay-R Agudez, 21 of Barangay Manika, Libacao, Aklan. 

The former allegedly shoot him with a 12-gauge shotgun while he was standing near the peryahan on November 24 at around 9:30 p.m. 

The peryahan is located near the Aklan riverbank in Barangay Poblacion, Libacao, Aklan. The town celebrated its religious and municipal fiesta last November 25 in honor of patron saint, Catherine of Alexandria. 

Police Inspector Leomindo Tayopon, chief of police of Tapaz, Capiz, said the suspect surrendered to him after the Tapaz police assured his safety. 

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, joint elements of Tapaz police station and the Philippine Army met Felix along the national highway of Banga, Aklan. 

"Felix was alone when he surrendered to the police. May dalang siyang knapsack na may mga damit.. Naglakad siya mula Libacao papuntang Banga. Nagtatago ang suspek, lalo na pag may dumadaan na sasakyan," the police official said. 

"Mga 10 a.m. siya ng Martes nakipag-usap sa amin sa tulong ng kapitan ng barangay Hilwan, Tapaz, Capiz. Tumulong din ang Philippine Army natin para masecure ang safety niya," Tayopon
added. 

Police recovered no firearms from Felix when he surrendered. He was presented to Capiz police provincial director Senior Superintendent  Ulysses Caton at the Capiz Police Provincial Office in Roxas City early Wednesday morning.  

Felix will be turned over to Aklan Police Provincial Office and to the Libacao police to face the charges against him, according to   Libacao vice mayor Charito Navarosa. 

Acting Aklan police director Iver Apellido said Felix is the lone suspect of the shooting incident that left two minors dead and six people wounded, including Agudez, who had severe chest and stomach injuries. 

"As of now, wala pang ibang suspects," he said in a text message. 

Other victims were identified as Hilda Nalangan, Kaycee Apolinario, Cleary Javier, John Patrick Salazar and Ariel Idala.   

They were hit by stray bullets at the time of the shooting incident. They are presently treated at Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan for injuries.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

2 killed, 6 wounded in Libacao fiesta shooting


BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL 

Two minors were dead and six were wounded in a shooting incident during the ‘bisperas’ fiesta celebration in Libacao, Aklan on Monday evening.
 
Clerey Javier was hit by stray bullets in his left shoulder in Libacao, Aklan / PHOTO BY KRISTALE APOLINARIO

The shooting incident at around 9:30 p.m. happened a few meters outside the peryahan (local amusement park) near the Aklan riverbank of Barangay Poblacion, Libacao, Aklan, about 30 kms east of the capital town of Kalibo, Aklan.


The town of Libacao is celebrating the municipal and religious fiesta on November 25 in honor of patron saint Catherine of Alexandria. 


Police Officer 2 Caron Mayor, investigator of Libacao police, said two minor victims were declared dead on arrival by attending physicians at the Libacao Community Hospital. 


Antolina Ricablanca, 16, resident of Ortega, Libacao, Aklan and Sarah Kaye Viray Katimpo, 14, first year high school student and resident of Dalagsaan, Libacao, Aklan, suffered multiple head injuries. 


“Pag-imbestiga namon, nagduelo ro daywa maeapit sa peryahan, si Jay-R Agudez ag si Jonathan Felix,” Mayor said. 


Police initially recovered two empty shells of 12-gauge shotgun in the crime scene.


Another minor was hit by stray bullets in her left foot
Jay-R Agudez, 21, farmer, resident of Barangay Manica, Libacao, Aklan had severe chest and stomach injuries. He is presently confined at the intensive care unit of Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan.


At the hospital, Agudez mentioned a certain Jonathan Felix, 18 to 20 years old, barangay kagawad of Barangay Hilwan, Tapaz, Capiz and a native of Manica, Libacao, Aklan as responsible for the shooting rampage.


Police said they are hunting the suspect or suspects who were involved in the shootout and believed to be members of feuding Felix and Agudez families in the hinterlands (Ilaya) of Libacao, Aklan and Tapaz, Capiz.

Senior Superintendent Iver Apellido, acting Aklan police provincial director, said the police is conducting thorough investigation to determine the motives of the shooting.

Apellido said it was Agudez who reported the incident to Libacao police station before he was brought to the hospital.


The five other wounded victims hit by stray bullets were also treated at the Aklan provincial hospital.


The victims were Hilda Nalangan, 37, housekeeper and resident of Bato-bato, Libacao, Aklan, was hit in her right thigh; John Patrick Salazar, 15 and Ariel Idala, 17, student, both residents of Rosal, Libacao, Aklan.


Clerey Zapatos Javier, 18, student from Git-ana, Madalag, Aklan was struck by stray bullets in his right shoulder. 


“Ga tindog kami sa peryahan, may tumumba eagi nga baye maeapit kakun,” the victim said.


Clerey's cousin Kaycee Zapatos Apolinario, 14, student also from Git-ana Madalag, Aklan, was shot in her left foot.


“Ga pauli na kami may eomupok sa peryahan. Ap-at kami nag adto sa peryahan. Gin-usoy namon ro sambilog na kaibahan tag may nagbarilan. Pagkaigo kamon, mag-sigdaeagan kami ag nagpabulig kami sa mga tawo,” Apolinario said.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Construction worker nabbed for illegal drugs



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

A construction worker was arrested by operatives in a buy-bust operation on Monday morning in Kalibo, Aklan.

Forty-four year old Rolando Flores, resident of Sitio Kabueakan, L. Melgar Road in Barangay Estancia, this town, yielded a small sachet of suspected shabu, disposable lighter and a five peso coin in the sting operation.

A poseur buyer handed P1,000 including the marked money to Flores at around 7 a.m. in Barangay Estancia.  

                                              PHOTO JESS SALONZO / ALEX CARLO MAGNO
The operation was conducted by the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) led by Superintendent Jomil John Trio and the Provincial Intelligence Branch headed by  Inspector Keenan Ruiz in coordination with the Kalibo police station led by Superintendent Pedro Enriquez.

Operatives also served a search warrant No. EJ-011-14 dated November 15, 2014 issued by Executive Judge Marietta Homena of the Regional Trial Court in Kalibo, Aklan on the house of Flores at around 10 a.m. believed to be where the illegal drugs and paraphernalia are hidden. 

The search warrant was issued for violation of Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. 

Senior Police Officer 1 Rezie Bulanon, investigator of PAIDSOTG, said the suspect had been under surveillance by the authorities.

“Makaron namon na-served ro search warrant. Nadakop man tag ana ngato nga magueang ku Mayo,” Bulanon said. 

The elder brother of Rolando identified as Federico Flores, 45, was arrested in L. Melgar Road in Barangay Estancia by operatives last May 15, 2014. 

Federico Flores, a big-time drug personality, yielded seven plastic sachets of shabu, a .38-caliber revolver loaded with five live ammunition and three ammo of .45-caliber pistol.

The younger Flores, who had two children, denied the allegations that he is selling illegal drugs. 

“Gasabud ako it manok, dinakop eagi it mga pulis tag nakatalikod ako. Owa man it nagbakae kakun kaina pagkatapos it paghatud ko sa mga unga sa eskuylahan ag pagbalik ko sa baeay,” he said.

“Anda ta ro marked money ag shabu ngato. Gagamit eang ako ag owa ako gabaligya it shabu,” Flores added.

Recovered from the suspect’s house were 12 small heat-sealed sachets of containing white crystalline substance believed to be “shabu”, aluminum foil containing residue of suspected shabu and a mobile phone with text messages of drug transactions.

Seized also were empty pieces of transparent plastic used for packaging of illegal drugs, small pouch, an improvised smooth bore rifle or boga and P3,600 cash money.

The house of Flores is adjacent to the house of his cousin and suspected drug trader Eric Flaviano Reyes, 50, also of Sitio Kabueakan in Barangay Estancia.

Reyes was apprehended by operatives last week for illegal drugs transactions. 

A search warrant No. EJ-010-14 was also issued by Executive Judge Homena on November 15, 2014 for alleged violations of Republic Act No. 9165 against Reyes.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

“70 percent ready for Ati-Atihan fest” – Kasafi


BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

With less than two months to go, Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) said it is 70 percent ready for the festivities of the 2015 Kalibo Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Festival.

The celebration will commence on January 9 until January 18, 2015 in honor of Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo.

“I would say we are 70 percent ready for the 2015 Ati-atihan festival. We expect huge numbers of tourists, devotees, festival-goers and balikbayans next year for the Sto. Niño,” said Albert Menez, chairman of Ati-Atihan festival organizer Kasafi.

Menez said, “the preparation was right on schedule. There’s absolutely no doubt we will showcase a variety of events, bigger and better festivities this January.”

The festival organizer has lined up events and activities like Ati-Atihan street dancing contest, Car Show and Street Party, Hala Bira Ati-Atihan Nights, Kaean-an sa Plaza, Street Bazaar, Aklan Products Showcase, Aklan Visual Arts Exhibit, Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan pageant night and Ati-Atihan Photo Contest. 

Kasafi is also working to organize Ati-Atihan Fun Run, Ati-Atihan Zumba Fest, fun cycling ride and Balikbayan Night to attract merrymakers and balikbayans to experience Ati-Atihan in Kalibo, Aklan.

Strategic festival partner GMA Kapuso Network will also stage Kapuso Ati-Atihan Night at Kalibo Pastrana Park while the provincial government of Aklan will spearhead the Aklan Festivals Parade and Higante Contest.

Aklan teachers and students will also participate in Sinaot sa Calle and the Liga ng mga Barangay in Kalibo in their float parade. 

Church activities include the nine-day devotional novena for Señor Sto. Niño de Kalibo, dawn penitential procession, Hornada, paeapak or pahilot, parish visitations and community vigils for Señor Sto. Niño, transfer of Santo Nino de Kalibo image and Pilgrims’ mass and the religious procession.

Menez said final plans for the festival are in place in coordination with the local police, the Diocese of Kalibo, the municipal government of Kalibo, the provincial government of Aklan and other stakeholders

Wanted rape suspects arrested in Tangalan, Aklan



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

After 18 years of hiding, police have arrested on Saturday morning two suspects in Tangalan, Aklan, but they denied raping the woman victim.

Danilo Pelayo, 40, and Jimmy Pelayo, 52, residents of Jawili, Tangalan, Aklan were taken into custody by joint elements of Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG) in coordination with Tangalan and Numancia police stations.

The rape of a woman, who is presently living in the province of Sorsogon, allegedly happened in Numancia, Aklan in 1996.

A warrant of arrest for the suspects under Criminal Case No. 4723 was issued by Judge Shiela Martelino Cortes of the Regional Trial Court in Kalibo, Aklan on August 6, 1996. 

But Jimmy Pelayo alias Boy denied he sexually abused the victim from Numancia, Aklan. 

“Mga 8 a.m. ga bira ako it taksay sa baybay, nakibot ako nga may warrant of arrest kakun ro mga pulis. Owa kita it saea, hadakpan ta kita. Ro dahilan ta karon ang igkampod na si Eboy nga taga Bubog, Numancia ro may warrant. Owa ta ako it saea,” he said. 

According to Jimmy Pelayo, he was in Malaybalay, Bukidnon in Mindanao in 1996 with his wife when the alleged rape incident happened. 

“Owa ta ako iya sa Aklan, sa Mindanao kami kaibahan ang asawa. Owa man ako kilaea sa nanay, ag ro bayi ngato,” the suspect said.

“Dati nag istar kami sa Tabangka, Numancia, bata pa ako kato, mga 16 ang edad. Sabton ko ra maskin owa ako it saea,” he added.

Another suspect Danilo Pelayo, a barangay tanod in Jawili, Tangalan, Aklan, was preparing to go to the church with his wife when he was apprehended by the operatives in his house.  

“Mga alas 7 a.m. ga simba kunta kami sa Panayakan, Tangalan, Aklan, tag may nag-abot nga mga pulis sa amon,” he said.

Pelayo also denied the charges, saying, he was in Albasan, Numancia, Aklan in 1996.  

“Owa ta kami nakagamit kana. Atubangan namon da ro kaso,” he said.

The suspects were detained in Numancia lock-up cell for alleged violations of Republic Act No. 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997 for proper turn over to a local court on Monday.