Plot to kill
San Antonio mayor averted
Police may have prevented
an attempt to kill San Antonio Mayor
Arvin Salonga with the arrest of two
suspected guns-for-hire near the
municipal hall last July 31.
The two, identified as
Ruelito Roxas, 52, and Alex Panganiban,
42, both of Lucena City, had been placed
under surveillance during the weekend
after a tip from an informant that they
were hiding in a resort with guns.
Chief Insp. Marlon Cuda,
town police chief, said Roxas -- a
retired police officer -- and Panganiban
were arrested outside the town hall
after the flag-raising ceremony.
Investigation showed that
they were hired assassins with Mayor
Salonga as the target.
The suspects were charged
with illegal possession of firearms and
other weapons after they were caught
with three pistols, a hand grenade, a
grenade rifle, two knives and several
Roxas executed an
extra-judicial confession taken in the
presence of public attorneys Aysac
Dalangin and Marilyn Sharina Tovera,
pointing to a Sangguniang Bayan member
as the one who allegedly hired him to
Panganiban, on the other
hand, denied he was involved in the
Initial reports showed that
Roxas and Panganiban arrived in San
Antonio last July 29 and stayed in a
They were seen in front of
Salonga's house and at at the church
where the mayor attended Sunday Mass.
After the the Monday
flag-raising ceremony, Roxas entered the
town hall to ask for business permit
Meanwhile, Panganiban was
arrested by policemen while waiting
inside a parked car. Weapons were
Roxas ran from the town
hall when he saw Panganiban being held
but was also arrested.
Roxas claimed having
received an initial P84,000 from the
councilor and said a certain Nora was
assigned to deliver the money
Salonga's lawyer said they
were preparing charges against the
councilor and a former Sangguniang Bayan
employee who they think is Nora. ###
cops get P645K reward for drug
The San Antonio police have
received about P645,000 in cash as
reward money since the anti-illegal drug
war was launched in the town in July
Mayor Arvin Salonga said
the cash incentives given by the
municipal government has caused the
intensification by the police of
anti-illegal drug operations resulting
in the town being 90% cleared of drugs.
Salonga said he honored the
local police by giving them citations
for their accomplishments, among them
the current police chief, Chief Insp.
Marlon Cudal and his predecessor, Chief
Insp. Arnel Aguilar.
that a P10,000 cash rewarrd was given to
the police for every drug pusher or addict
arrested, and an additional P25,000 if the
pusher or addict was killed in an
Statistics show that at
least 62 drug pushers or addicts have
been arrested since July 1 2016 and one
was killed in a shootout in Barangay San
Mariano during a buy-bust operation. ###
rebels burn Nampicuan agricultural
Five armed men who
identified themselves as members of the
New People's Army torched a warehouse of
an agricultural school in Barangay
Cadaducan, Nampicuan last July 30.
Sr. Supt.Antonio Yarra,
provincial police director, said the men
entered the compound of the Gallego
Institute of Agriculture Industry at
abut 2:00 A.M.
The warehouse caretaker,
Reynaldo Lapurga, 56, told police that
the suspects introduced themselves as
NPA members then fired into the air
The men then set on fire a
motor glider, its spare parts, power
generator parts and a water pump until
the entire warehouse was burned. ###
suspect, escort cops found negative
in paraffin tests
Two police escorts and the
suspect in the rape and killing of a
girl in Jaen all were found negative of
powder buns in the paraffin test
conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory.
Supt. Victor Drapet, head
of the crime laboratory chemistry
division, said police escorts SPO1 Grant
Chaluyen and PO3 Felix Parafina both
tested negative, together with the
suspect, Hilario Herrera.
Herrera had confessed to
the July 19 kidnapping, rape and
killing of an 8-year old girl in Jaen.
The two policemen were
escorting Herrera to his detention cell
after attending the inquest proceedings
at the Department of Justice when the
suspect allegedly grabbed Parafina's
pistol and shot himself in the head.
Herrera was declared dead
on arrival at the PNP General Hospital.
Drapet said many factors
could have influenced the negative
paraffin test result like wind
direction, direction of firing and even
the vintage, type and caliber of the
The PNP Internal Affairs
Service is still investigating if the
two escorts could be held liable for the
Supt. Glenn Dumlao,
Anti-Kidnapping Group head, defended the
two police escorts, saying they had
followed standard operating procedures.
2 killed in
A mechanic and a lady
vendor were killed in separate murder
incidentsin CabanatuanCity and Gapan
In Cabanatuan City, Supt.
Ponciano Zafra, police chief, said
Precioso Niņo Aromin, Jr., 31, of Luz de
Guzman Street, Villa Luz Subdivision,
was resting in his house at 9:40 P.M.
when an unidentified man barged in and
repeatedly shot him with a pistol.
The victim was wounded in
the head and body and died on the spot.
The suspect immediately
three caliber .45 shells and a deformed
slug at the scene.
In Gapan City, Supt. Peter
Madria, city police chief, identified
the victim as Lolita Manahan, 45,
vendor, of Riles Street, Barangay Santo
Madria said the victim was
tending her store when attacked by two
unidentified men riding a black Mio
motorcycle at 4:45 A.M.
The suspects drove past the
victim's store and when they saw her,
they returned and the back-rider shot
her in different parts of the body.
Afterwards, they fled in the direction
of Baragay San Nicolas.
The victim was rushed to
Good Samaritan Hospital but was declared
dead on arrival. ###
highway explosion kills 1, injures 4
A tricycle driver was
killed while four persons, including two
minors, were hurt in an explosion caused
by a suspected improvised explosive
device along the national road in
Barngay Pasong Intsik, Guimba last July
The fatality was identified
as Marvin Barrientos, 40, of Barangay
Pacac. His backrider, public school
teacher Jose Laurence Mata, was rushed
to a hospital in Tarlac City because of
Two minor passengers, a
Grade 10 boy and a Grade 11 girl,
sustained minor injuries and brought to
Another victim was the
driver of a tricycle rammed by
deputy chief of police, said personnel
of the Explosive Ordnance Diposal from
the Northern Luzon Command had yet to
ascertain the explosive used.
Witnesses believe the
explosive planted by an unidentified
suspect was intended for a team of
policemen that had just passed through
after an investigation of a warehouse
burned by suspected New Peoples Army
members in nearby Nampicuan the previous
shot dead in own house
A couple was shot dead
inside their house in Rizal by
unidentified men on the night of July
The victims were identified
as Mario Castro, 66, farmer, and his
wife, Catalina, 56, both of Sitio
Ballesteros, Barangay Paco roman.
Investigation showed that
after Mario arrived home from his
farm,somebody knocked at the door.
Catalina opened the door
and asked who the the person outside
was. She then called out to her husband
that somebody was looking for him;
When the suspect saw Mario
approaching, he fired at the couple who
died on the spot.
recovered three caliber .9mm shells.
Police are still
investigating the motive for the
trader shoots attacker dead
A 50-year old businessman
surrendered to the police after shooting
and killing a man who allegedly attacked
him in his house in Gapan City.
Sup. Peter Madria, city
police chief, identified the trader as
Juan Perez of Divina Pastora
Subdivision, Barangay Bayanihan.
Killed was Marvin Garcia,
31, of Barangay Santa Cruz.
Madria said Garcia went to
the suspect's house at 10:50 P.M. and
suddenly fired at Perez.
Perez retaliated, hitting
the victim while he was leaving aboard a
Garcia was taken by an
unidentified person to Good Samaritan
Hospital but was declared dead on
Police recovered from the
victim a claliber .38 revolver with six
bullets while Perez surrendered his
Glock .9mm pistol with an empty
Perez was charged with
barangay tanod, wife killed in
A barangay tanod and his
wife both died after being ambushed by
unidentified suspects on the night of
July 27 in Barangay San Antonio, Cabiao.
Chief Insp. Rico Cayabyab
identified the victims as Ridardo dela
Cruz Abundo, 52, who also works as line
disconnector of Nueva Ecija I Electric
Cooperative, and his wife Nenita Limpin
Bundo, 50,both of Barangay San Antonio.
The victims had just
reached home and Ricardo was parking
their tricycle when a suspect on board a
motorcycle approached him.
The suspect drew his gun
and shot the couple who died instantly.
The suspect escaped towards
Barangay Natividad North.
Investigators are looking
if the shooting was related to Ricardo's
job as tanod or as line disconnector.
teacher loses P1.2M in cash, jewelry
to four persons
A 70-year old retired
teacher was victimized of more than P1.2
million in cash and jewelry by four
persons, one of whom pretended to be her
The victim was identified
as Erlinda Bumanlag, married, of Liwanag
Street, Barangay Santo Tomas, Aliaga.
Sr. Supt. Antonio Yarra,
provincial police chief, said Bumanlag
was victimized while inside the
Waltermart Supermarket in Barangay
Dicarma,Cabanatuan City at 3:00.P.M.
She said one of the
suspects approached her and pretended to
be her former student.
The suspects managed to
sweet-talk her to go to her house and
get her P800,000 in cash, assorted
jewelry worth P20,000 and her ATM cards.
Aftrer taking the money and
jewelry, the suspects were able to
withdraw P400.000 from the victim's Bank
of the Philippine Islands and Union Bank
Police are still
investigating the incident. ###