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‘No major crimes, stray bullets’


The Philippine National Police reported yesterday that there were no major crimes, indiscriminate firing or stray bullet incidents in Negros Occidental as Negrenses welcomed the year 2020. There were, however, shooting, stabbing and hacking incidents.

It was generally peaceful, Maj. Edison Garcia, spokesman of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday.

The 15-holiday truce being observed by government forces and the New People’s Army appears to be holding, as indicated by the absence of violent insurgency-related incidents from December 23 to January 1 this year.

The truce ends on January 7.

But the police recorded 12 incidents of stabbing, hacking and shooting incidents on December 31 and January 1, that claimed the lives of two persons and caused injuries to 11 others in Negros Occidental.

Arnel Walog, 30, is now in jail, for the hacking to death of Vivincio Responte, 60, on January 1 in Brgy. Asia, Hinobaan town.

Walong, who was reported to be under the influence of liquor, tried to escape, after he was seen washing his bloody hands, about 10 meters away from the cadaver of the victim.

The suspect was apprehended after a brief chase, by the Asia barangay officials and tanod members, who endorsed him to the Hinoba-an Police Station.

Julius Rufon, 35, was declared dead on arrival at the Gumersindo Yap Memorial Hospital, after he was stabbed in the abdomen by a suspect identified by the police as alias Pet Pet in Sitio Catsile, Brgy. Kabankalan City, also on January 1.

Kagawad Aurelio Escriber endorsed Jonnie Escriver to the police, for stabbing Rocky Landon in Hacienda Lumbia, Brgy. Alicante, EB Magalona.

Amado Abello, 57, and a laborer, is now being treated at the Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital, after he was stabbed by a suspect identified as Romy Bautista in Brgy. Pinaguinpinan, Kabankalan City, while celebrating that New Year’s eve, with his friends, on January 1.

Because of drunkenness, live-in partners Jose Gemalhin, 44, and Lourdes Fernandez, 28, were both hacked with a bladed weapon, allegedly by Silverio Tubongbanua Jr. also on January 1 in Hacienda Nena, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, police said.

Tubongbanua, who was arrested by the Murcia police during a follow-up operation, is now in jail.

Helito Enriquez, 48, surrendered to the police, after confessing to have shot Dante Gonzales, with an improvised shotgun, on December 31 in Brgy. Guilhungan, Cauayan.

Gonzales, 40, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, is now being treated for his injuries at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital in Bacolod City.

Honorato Elardo was shot and hit in both legs, on December 31, in Sitio Binigsi-an, Brgy. Tampalon, Kabankalan City, police said.

Another victim of a stabbing incident in Brgy. Paraiso, Sagay City on December 31, was identified by the police as Gary Lachica.

Lachica, 27, figured in a verbal altercation with the suspect identified as Robert Paderes, who assaulted and stabbed him, police investigation showed.

A certain Jesus Chavez was shot by his elder brother, Joselito, and cousin, Reynaldo, on January 1 in Brgy, Sebucawan, Isabela, while Ronald Duno was hit in the left shoulder, when he was allegedly shot by Romegillo Baitan in Brgy. 13, Victorias City.

In La Carlota City, Ariel Linco, 39, and a widower, was hit in the head, where he was hacked allegedly by Ireneo Linco also December 31 in Hacienda Salamanca, Brgy. San Miguel in La Carlota City.

Argie Martisano, 32, was stabbed by two suspects identified by the police as Egbert and Edsel Alejo in Hacienda Pula, Brgy. E. Lopez, Silay City.

The two suspects fled immediately after the stabbing incident.*


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