August 06, 2006
THE ILOCOS TIMES - NEWS

RONDA NORTE

Ilocos Norte has a new CIDG chief

LAOAG CITY—Police Supt. Danny Pecaña, newly designated chief of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Ilocos Norte, is expected to work closely with police provincial director, P/Sr. Supt. Juan Luna to address the worsening peace and order situation in the province.

In order to attain this, his top priority is to intensify its campaign against the proliferation of loose firearms. He believed that confiscation of unlicensed firearms will eliminate the shooting incidents.

A former Deputy on Anti-Organized Crime and Businessmen Concern Division of CIDG, Pecaña vowed to strictly monitor the possible human smuggling activities in the province.

Meanwhile, C/Insp. Melchor Piso was designated as deputy CIDG chief after years of serving as the chief.

A few months back, Piso faced controversy after a minor filed rape charges against him, however, the case was allegedly settled amicably.


Gunman slay SN brgy kagawad

SAN NICOLAS, ILOCOS NORTE—A barangay kagawad was shot dead by a still unidentified assailant while he was having a drinking spree with two other barangay officials in a videoke bar in Barangay 1, this town.

P/Chief Insp. Jericho Baldeo, police chief of San Nicolas, identified the victim as Robert Queppet, 33, married and a resident of said barangay.

The victim’s body was riddled with bullets fired from a caliber .45 pistol.

Based on the initial investigation, Queppet with barangay kagawad Ray Santos and tanod Dennis Andres were enjoying a drinking spree in a videoke bar when the lone assailant apparently appeared and opened fire. The suspect fled immediately after seeing the bullet-riddled body of the victim lying motionless at the floor.

The slain kagawad is also a jeepney driver.

Investigators have yet to establish the motive in the killing.


Two men ambushed; 1 killed, 1 injured

BANNA, ILOCOS NORTE—Two men riding in a motorcycle were ambushed by three heavily armed men in Barangay Sinamar this town on the evening of July 31.

Nestor Basig Jr., 39, died on the spot due to gunshot wounds in his body. Rushed to Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center due gunshot wound at the left shoulder was Joshua Pisquera, 35. Both of the victims were residents of said barangay.

The three unidentified assailants fled immediately after the incident using a solo-motorcycle going to unknown direction.

Responding policemen recovered eight empty shells of M-16 armalite rifle at the crime scene.

In an investigation, the victims were on their way home when the suspects opened fire in a dark portion of the road.

The motive behind the shooting is yet to be established.


Police detains 2 cable gang members

PAOAY, ILOCOS NORTE—Two of the suspects allegedly responsible of successive stealing of cable wires of a telephone company in this town are in police custody.

Police Insp. George Depalog, police chief of Paoay, revealed that suspects Robert Ines and Ernesto Cospuz, both residents of Barangay Victoria, Currimao, Ilocos Norte, confessed to him on the attempt to steal cable wire of a telephone company in Barangay San Pedro, Paoay.

The later activity of the two suspects was prevented when the device of the telephone company connected at the police station alarmed. Responding policemen found the abandoned tricycle at the scene and brought the vehicle at the police station. This prompted the two suspects to come out. However, they denied participation on the previous stealing of cable wires.

Based on police records, it reached 11 cases of stealing of cable wires has been reported since last year.

It was learned that per meter of a telephone cable wire.

Victor u. Andal

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