‘Police determining if jai alai
operator was target of shooting’
The Bacolod City Police Special Operations Task Group said yesterday it is still investigating the report that an alleged jai alai operator was the target of the unidentified man, who opened fire near an eatery at Hilado Street, in the city, at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Supt. Santiago Rapiz, Task Group head, said they cannot confirm the report yet as the case is still under investigation.
Witnesses told the police that the unidentified driver of a grey Adventure SUV parked near the eatery and fired his gun five times. No one was hurt in the incident.
Rapiz said they are still gathering evidences and are looking for more witnesses to identify the gunman and determine the motive for the shooting.
Station 2 policemen failed to catch up with the SUV after the shooting, and were not able to ask for assistance from the nearby Police Station 4 because their new patrol car has no communication equipment.
Station 5 policemen also launched a massive search, following reports that the SUV was speeding toward Brgy. Granada, but failed to intercept the vehicle, police records show.*APN
Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency apprehended a suspected drug peddler in a buy-bust operation, in Brgy. 22, Bacolod City, at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Joemarie Lim, 37, of Purok Mapalaron in Brgy. 22, was arrested after he allegedly handed a small sachet of suspected shabu to a PDEA agent, who acted as poseur-buyer, in exchange for P500, police records show.
Another elongated sachet of suspected shabu was also recovered from Lim during his arrest, the police said.
The PDEA and the Bacolod City Police Special Operations Group are closely monitoring seven barangays in the city have been identified as drug-affected.
Supt. Santiago Rapiz, SOG head, has said these are barangays 2, 22, 26, 27, 35, Handumanan and Banago.*APN
2 others hurt in mishap
A motorcycle driver and his two passengers were injured in what appeared as a hit-and-run accident at Granada Road in Bacolod City, at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit identified the victims as Ronilo Tamboong Prado, 29 of Brgy. Alangilan, in the city, and his passengers as Edmar Dador and Rollie Sotto.
Prado told the police that he was driving his Rusi motorcycle and was heading east of Granada Road, when the tricycle they were tailing suddenly turned left, causing the motorcycle to hit its side.
He said they fell to the ground, while the driver of the tricycle sped off. Prado and his companions sustained minor injuries and were brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
Meanwhile, a biker was hurt when his bicycle collided with a passenger jeep at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, in front of the Burgos Public Market in Bacolod City.
Benjamin Sendon, 21, of Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod, said he was on his bicycle and was heading south of Hilado Street, when it crashed against the jeepney of an unidentified driver.
Sendon claimed he sustained minor injuries but the jeepney driver did not help him.*APN