Metro Waste truck driver
arrested for illegal gun
A driver of a Metro Waste garbage collection truck was arrested for carrying a loose gun during a checkpoint operation at Lopez Jaena-Rosario streets in Brgy. 31, Bacolod City, at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
Marlon Palares, 41, of Brgy. Alijis in Bacolod, was nabbed with a .38 caliber revolver, loaded with four live ammunition, Supt. Armando Tubongbanua, commander of the city Public Safety Company, said yesterday.
Investigation showed that, earlier that day, Palares had been spotted with a gun tucked in his waistband, by an informant, who told the police. The truck was flagged down at Lopez Jaena Street, and Palares and his three companions were arrested.
The three, whose names were not disclosed, were released later, however.
Palares, who denied ownership of the gun, said yesterday it was not recovered on his person, but in the passenger seat of the truck. He said one of his helpers had found the gun in a garbage bin at Homesite in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod, Tuesday.
He said they went to the BCPO headquarters to surrender the gun to their police contact, whose name he refused to give, but he was not there Thursday morning. They also tried to go to the barangay captain of Alijis but he was not at the hall.
Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting city police director, said it is up to the court to decide whether Palares or the police should be believed.
The gun was turned over to the Provincial Crime Laboratory, and charges for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition are being readied against Palares, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of Police Station 6.*SGG
DVD vendor nabbed
for cell phone theft
A man, who posed as a DVD seller and stole the cellular phone of a woman, was chased and nabbed by bystanders behind a mall at Libertad Avenue in Bacolod City at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday.
Chief Insp. Placido Gentoleo, Station 6 commander, identified the suspect as David Barani, 28, of Marawi City in Mindanao, who is staying temporarily in Brgy. 35, Bacolod.
The police said Barani entered a lending company in Libertad Avenue and tried to sell DVDs to employee Rosemarie Jayme, 43, of Brgy. Pahanocoy in Bacolod.
Jayme turned around to get something and when she returned, Barani was gone and so was her cellular phone, Gentoleo said.
He said bystanders, who heard Jayme shouting, chased and nabbed Barani, and recovered a Cherry Mobile cellular phone, worth P3,000, that Jayme positively identified as hers, Gentoleo said.
At the police station, two identification cards were recovered from the suspect, one bearing a name “Aslanie Mangontawar,” and the other “David Barani”.
Barani, who said that “Aslanie Mangontawar” was his Muslim name when he was still studying, told the media that he was just tempted to get the cellular phone.
Jayme is ready to press theft charges against Barani, who is now detained at the lock-up cell of Station 6, Gentoleo said.*SGG
An M-26 hand grenade found by a 15-year-old scavenger at the garbage site at Paglaum Village, Brgy. Mansilingan in Bacolod City was turned over to the police, at about 1 p.m. Thursday.
Reports said the boy, whose name the police withheld for being a minor, found the grenade Monday afternoon and brought it home to Purok Paghidaet, Brgy. Mansilingan.
When his mother, whose name was not disclosed, learned about it, she went to the Station 7 on Thursday, and informed the policemen about it.
The police recovered and turned over the grenade, that still has a safety tape with its firing pin attached, to bomb expert Denny Montoya of the Bacolod City Explosive Ordnance Division.
Montoya told the DAILY STAR he will soon dismantle the components of the jar-type grenade, with a “1969” mark.*SGG