3 collared for cutting
Operatives of the Task Force Ilahas have
arrested three persons allegedly responsible for the cutting natural-grown trees
in the forest reserve area of Sitio Hiyang-Hiyang, Brgy. Katilingban in Talisay
City, Negros Occidental, on June 12.
Caught engaging in illegal
charcoal-making activities at the Imbang River were Elecio Dohenio, 45, and his
elder brother, Enrico, 49, and Gabriel Sangher, 25, all residents of Sitio Tambara,Brgy.
San Fernando, Talisay City, police said.
SPO3 Walter Nepomuceno,
TFI team leader, yesterday said they also discovered and destroyed the four charcoal
pits at the Imbang River, with assistance from Talisay policemen, Bantay Bukid
Brigade volunteers and personnel of the Bacolod - Community Environment and Natural
Resources Office, which can produce 90 sacks of charcoal. Nepomuceno said the
cutting of natural-grown trees bakan,taluto and belongga by the suspects, which
they converted into charcoal, also led to the destruction of 7,500 square meters
of the Northern Negros Forest Reserve area in Talisay City.
Seized from the suspects were 10 cubic meters of newly-cut trees, three bolos
and one shovel.
The suspects are now detained at the lock-up
cell of the Talisay police, while charges for violation of PD 705, known as the
amended Forestry Code of the Philippines are being readied against them.*GPB
gets 12 years
for hacking friend
of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment by a
Regional Trial Court judge yesterday for fatally hacking his friend.
Andres Jaconob, 52, was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt of killing Roberto
Mondragon, 44, by Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Henry Arles, who sentenced
him to a minimum of eight years to a maximum of twelve years at the National Penitentiary
in Muntinlupa City.
Court records showed that Jaconob hacked
Mondragon with a cane cutter 10 times at about 10:30 p.m. on January 10, 2004
in Sitio Trancahan, Brgy. Tapi, Kabankalan City after they had an argument about
an unspecified weapon that the victim owned. In his testimony, Jaconob said that
he just defended himself when Mondragon attacked him with a cane cutter outside
his sister's residence after he told the victim that his weapon was not with him.
He told the court that he got hold of the cane cutter and
hacked Mondragon after parrying the weapon with a metal pipe when the victim attacked
him, because Mondaragon acted as if he was about to attack him again.
In his seven-page decision however, Arles ruled that "having already disposed
of the cane cutter after he was struck by the accused, it cannot be claimed that
the aggression on the part of the victim still existed."
"Unlawful aggression presupposes an actual, sudden, and unexpected attack, or
imminent danger thereof, and not merely a threatening or intimidating attitude,"
The judge also noted that Jaconob surrendered
to Brgy. Tapi chairman George Guadalupe and admitted that he had killed Mondragon
without invoking self-defense. Arles also ordered Jaconob to pay a total of P299,994
to Mondragon's heirs for indemnity, moral, and exemplary damages and for loss
back to top
Three nabbed for
hree women, including two minors, were
arrested by store security guards for allegedly stealing items from two department
stores in Bacolod City yesterday and Tuesday.
Ma. Fe Siblay,
19, of Purok Sawmill, Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City, was arrested by a civilian guard
after she allegedly left the store without paying for two items she took at about
3:20 p.m. yesterday.
Recovered from Siblay were a bottle
of baby cologne worth P49.50 and a bottle of hair styling gel worth P11, police
A 17-year-old girl was also arrested by security
guards at Lopue's Araneta and endorsed to Police Station 1 for allegedly leaving
the store without paying for the items that she had taken at about 1:50 p.m. yesterday.
The guards recovered a P60 key chain, a bottle of cologne
worth P60, and an infant's dress worth P112, police reports said.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old girl, who is also suspected of shoplifting, was apprehended
by a security guard at Libra Mart at Gonzaga-Locsin streets, Bacolod City at about
4 p.m. Tuesday.
The guards told the police that they recovered
10 packs of broth cubes worth P265.50 from the suspect.
and the 17-year-old girl both admitted to taking the items without paying for
them while the other minor said that she was just framed.*PP
A 20-year-old houseboy was arrested
by the police Tuesday for allegedly robbing his employer, the police said.
The houseboy who is from Purok Kawayan, Homesite, Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City,
was nabbed by Police Station 3 officers led by Senior Insp. Leonardo Borromeo
in Brgy. 13, Victorias City, Negros Occidental, at about 5:30 p.m. on June 12
for allegedly stealing appliances from his employer's residence at Sta. Clara
Subdivision in Brgy. Mandalagan in Bacolod. Police reports said that the employer
discovered that a number of appliances in the house were missing at about 9 a.m.
on June 3, and the suspect and his wife, who is also working in the same house,
had already left.
The police recovered a 29-inch TV and a
Sony Play Station from the suspect when he was arrested in a rented house in Victorias
City, police reports said.
The PNP, however, did not recover
the generator worth P50,000, water pump, and electric fan that were also allegedly
taken by the suspect, police records showed. The suspect told the DAILY STAR that
he did not know anything about the charges against him.*PP