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3 collared for cutting
natural-grown trees

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

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Man gets 12 years
for hacking friend

A resident 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," Arles said.

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 of income.*PP

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Three nabbed for 'stealing'

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 records showed.

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.

Siblay 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

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Houseboy arrested for robbery

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

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