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6 in shooting
spree collared

Six persons, including four alleged members of a teenage gang, were arrested by law enforcers after a shooting spree that left one person injured in Bacolod City late Saturday, the police said.

Chuckie Dave Joaquin of Malaspina Street , Brgy. Villamonte and Servando Abancio III of 2nd Road , Alunan, Brgy. 35, both in Bacolod , were arrested by Police Station 1 and City Mobile Group officers along with four minors at Rizal Street , Bacolod , at about 2 a.m. yesterday, police records show.

They were apprehended while on board a gray Toyota Fortuner with no license plates, during a hot-pursuit operation after they allegedly shot at members of their rival gang near a department store at Araneta Street , injuring Ernesto Yanson, PO3 Celito Dullan, said.

Recovered from Joaquin, 20, was a homemade .38 caliber revolver with four bullets while another fake .38 caliber revolver with five bullets was confiscated from Abancio, 21, police records show.

Meanwhile, a 13-inch jungle knife was recovered from a 17-year-old boy from Sta. Clara Subdivision, in Brgy. Bata, while an eight-inch folding-type knife was seized from a 16-year-old boy from Eroreco, also in Brgy. Bata, who were among the four companions of Joaquin and Abancio, police records show.

Yanson, 56, a peanut vendor, was resting at a sidewalk near Limman's department store, when the suspects shot at some people there, Dullan said.

The vendor was hit in the buttocks by chips of cement that broke off when the bullet ricocheted on the pavement. He was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital , Dullan said.

The shooting incident was apparently part of continuing retaliatory acts between the suspects' group, Crips, and their rival gang, Virus, he added.

Joaquin and Abancio, who are now detained at Police Station 1, denied involvement in the shooting spree, saying they just met the four minors and hitched on their vehicle on the way to the Goldenfields Commercial Complex when they were nabbed.

Yesterday, however, four teenagers visited Joaquin and Abancio, saying they and their companions, who are now in the custody of the Bacolod Social Development Center , are friends.

Dullan said they may file frustrated homicide charges against the suspects.


Police Station 1 commander, Chief Inspector Noel Manaay, meanwhile, said they will file charges for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and deadly weapons against the six, including the minors.

It will be up to the City Prosecutor's Office to determine the criminal liability of the teenagers, he said.

Manaay said they will again step up their activities against gangs in Bacolod , especially at the downtown area, which has become a battleground for the warring groups.

They will consult administrators of different schools within his area, including the Bacolod Christian Center , the La Consolacion College high school department, and the Negros Occidental High School , he said.

Meanwhile, Bacolod City Police Office director, Senior Supt. Ronilo Quebrar, said they will file charges against the suspects, even if some of them are from affluent families, because they have violated the law.*PP

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3 found dead, loose guns
suspects arrested: police

Three persons were found dead in Sagay City , Cauayan and Isabela towns, Negros Occidental, Friday while policemen arrested and detained three persons for illegal possession of firearms.

Loreto Ravena, 69, was found dead by his children in Sitio Bacalao, Brgy. Tuyom, Cauayan town. The police theorized that his killing may be related to a land dispute.

Senior Inspector Louie Figueroa, Cauayan police chief, in his report to police provincial director Senior Supt. Rosendo Franco, said Ravena had a gunshot wound in his back, and a contusion in his mouth.

Initial police investigations show that Ravena visited and inspected a sugarcane plantation he owned in the area on Feb. 15, a few hours before he was found dead.

His assailant remains unknown.

The decomposing body of a woman was also found floating in the Himogaan River in Sagay City Friday. However, her identity had not been established as of yesterday.

A certain Leonardo Anam was also found dead in Brgy. 4, Isabela, with injuries in the head, police also said.

Senior Inspector Virgilio de la Cruz, Isabela police chief, said a stone believed to have been used in hitting the head of Anam, an empty bottle of Red Horse beer and a pair of sandal were recovered from the crime scene.

Police also arrested Lauro Laud in Hacienda San Luis, Brgy. Purisima, Manapla on Friday, for having an unlicensed 12-gauge shotgun.

Senior Inspector Jose Laboyo, Manapla police chief, reported to Franco, that the arrest of Laud was in response to a complaint of Joey Denorog, 31, who claimed he was threatened with a gun by the suspect.

Manapla police investigators also discovered that Laus is a probationer in a murder case, and is also facing rape charges before the Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

Supt. Harold Tuzon also reported the arrest of Ronald Villarosa in Brgy. Bulwangan, San Carlos City on Feb. 15, for having a homemade .38 caliber revolver.*GPB

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