September 10, 2006


Court grants bail to 2 suspected NPA rebels

LAOAG CITY—Two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) facing charges of rebellion were temporarily released from their detention cell in Ilocos Norte Provincial Jail.

The Laoag City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 granted the motion for reduction of bail bond filed by Atty. Sheryll Yangot, legal counsel of both accused identified as Leonardo Manahan and Sheila Laoagan.

The court earlier, granted their motion to bail and set P150,000 as bail for each accused for their temporary liberty.

Despite the release of her clients, Atty. Yangot assured she will present the two accused in all court hearings.

Manahan and Laoagan were captured in an encounter between the government troops and NPA elements in Barangay Uguis, Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte last year.

CIDG bags man wanted for homicide

LAOAG CITY—After three years in hiding, a person wanted for killing his neighbor finally fell to the hands of the Criminal Investigation Detection Group (CIDG) in this city.

Police Supt. Danny Pecaña, chief of CIDG in Ilocos Norte, identified the suspect as Robert Salacup, 45, and a resident of Claveria, Cagayan.

He was tagged as suspect in the killing of Joey Miguel.

Investigation conducted showed that Salacup stabbed to death the victim at the peak of their altercation due to an old grudge.

Salacup was charged with homicide before the Regional Trial Court in Sanchez Mira, Cagayan.

The suspect went into hiding after the incident. However, the brother of the victim occasionally saw Salacup in Laoag City, so he immediately coordinated with the operatives of CIDG, until the operatives cornered the suspect in a gasoline station.

Man stabs brother to death

SOLSONA, Ilocos Norte—A drinking spree of two brothers turned bloody when the elder brother killed his younger sibling.

The victim, Reynaldo Miguel, 30, died on the spot due to stab wounds in different parts of his body.

The suspect, Ricarte Agustin Jr., 38, was arrested immediately after the incident.

Prior to the incident, the suspect and the victim had a drinking spree. A heated argument then ensued when the victim revealed his plan to pawn some parts of their lot. To end the argument, Reynaldo left his elder brother. But the suspect followed him, armed with a kitchen knife.

The other members of their family firmly decided to file charges against the suspect.

Trike driver arrested for drug pushing

LAOAG CITY—A few days after Police Inspector Teddy Rosqueta was reinstated as team leader of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Team (PAIDSOT) in Ilocos Norte, another suspected drug pusher was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pila, this city.

The suspect was identified as Julius Damaso, 26, tricycle driver and a resident of said barangay.

Investigations conducted by the PAIDSOT operatives, showed that the suspect was allegedly responsible for the proliferation of shabu in Barangay Pila and other nearby barangays. Most of the suspect’s clients are allegedly tricycle drivers.

Damaso was caught selling P2,000 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer. Law enforcers also confiscated from the suspect two plastic sachets of alleged shabu.

It can be recalled that Rosqueta was relieved from his post and assigned in Camp Crame, Manila when his name was dragged in the controversy of alleged cover-up of PNP in the slay of then Laoag City Vice Mayor Jimmy Chua. Rosqueta was reassigned to the PAIDSOT after the complaint of obstruction of justice among with other policemen was dismissed by the Department of Justice.

Victor U. Andal

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