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Former San Antonio councilor arrested for malversation

A former Sangguniang Bayan member of San Antonio was arrested last October 27 in Barangay San Mariano after a local court issued a warrant of arrest against him for malversation.

Supt, Marlon Cudal, town police chief, identified the former councilor as Raymundo Yabot, 70, of Purok 2, Barangay Papaya.

He served during the time of former Mayor Antonio Lustre who lost to Mayor Arvin Salonga in the 2016 elections.

The warrant for malversation was issued by Judge Celso Baguio of the Gapan City Regional Trial Court Branch 34 under Case No. 21777-17.

Cudal said Yabot was detained at the local police after failing to pay the P40,000 bail recommended by the court for his temporary liberty. ###

Fake Interpol agent, 2 cohorts nabbed for guns, ammo in Palayan

A man claiming to be a member of the International Police (Interpol) and two of his cohorts were nabbed after a search of his house in Palayan City yielded several firearms and ammunition 

Sr. Supt. Eliseo Tanding, provincial police director, identified those arrested as Jessie de Guzman, Rustico de Guzman and Bryan Cabanlong, all of Hilltop, Barangay Marcos Village.

They were arrested by members of the Nueva Ecija Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the Provincial Public Safety  Company and the City police after implementing a search warrant for violation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act issued by Executive Judge Ana Marie Joson-Viterbo of the Cabanatuan City 3rd Judicial Region.

Jessie de Guzman had been tagged as the leader of a criminal group involved in swindling activities and also accused of usurpation of authority for posing as an Interpol member.

Seized during the raid were an M-16 Baby Armalite with long and short magazines and 49 bullets, 37 bullets for caliber 9mm, a badge, an Interpol identification card, a homemade 12-gauge shotgun with magazine and five bullets, and two magazines for M-16 with 38 bullets. ###

Cabanatuan store yields 480 cases of untaxed cigarettes

A raid conducted by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on a store in Cabanatuan City resulted in the confiscation of 480 cases of illegally traded cigarettes.

A report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the raid was done on Collette's PX Store and its warehouse. Both were ordered closed based on Section 172 of the National Internal Revenue Code.

The raid uncovered the illicit cigarettes with brands "Two Moon", “RGD,” “Black Bat,” and “Twin Star,” among others.

It was discovered that the store had been selling cigarettes without BIR tax stamps. ###

Farm caretaker shot dead

A farm caretaker was shot dead by two motorcycle--riding suspects who pretended to be customers wanting to buy agricultural equipment in Palayan City last October 28.

The victim was identified as Arante Gonzales, 30, caretaker of Ricnor Farms in Barangay Manacnac.

Investigation showed that at 5:10 P.M., the suspects asked for the price of a rice grain cleaner before one of them shot Gonzales in the body and leg causing him to fall down.

The gunman then approached the victim and shot him  in the head before the suspects fled towards the city proper.

The victim's wife Baby Jane, witnessed the killing.

Hot pursuit and dragnet operations failed to catch the suspects.###

Drunken man drowns in Licab

A 50-year-old widower who went to drink with friends was found dead in a river in Licab.

Supt. Rechie Duldulao, town police chief, identified the victim as Juanito Reofrir of Purok 2, Barangay Tabing Ilog, Licab.

He said the incident happened in Barangay Caingin, Tabing Ilog.

The victim was found dead, apparently from drowning, and retrieved from the river by his barangay mates.

It was found that the victim had visited his friends the previous nigh and failed to return home.

The victim's relatives refused to have the body autopsied. ###

Businessman files case vs. Korean for not returning borrowed vehicle

A Cabanatuan City businessman asked for the help of the police last October 19 after his Korean neighbor failed to return his Ford Everest sports utility vehicle entrusted to the foreigner last September.

Sr. Supt. Eliso Tanding, newly appointed provincial police chief, identified the complainant as Raymond Valeriano, 30, of Avida Residences, Barangay Santa Arcadia.

Valeriano said that on September 27, he entrusted his black SUV, under mortgage with My Bank Phils., Inc., to Chai Myung-Su, 45, a Korean transient resident of Avida, who  failed to return it since.

Tanding said he had directed his men to investigate the incident. ###

Fake STL bet collector nabbed in Pantabangan

An alleged fake Small Town Lotttery (STL) bet collector was arrested in an anti-illegal gambling operation in Pantabangan last October 19.

The suspect was identified as Mary Jane Trinidad, 22, of Sitio Bayabas, Barangay East Poblacion.

Sr. Insp. Melchor Pereja, Pantabangan police chief, said Trinidad was nabbed while collecting STL bets in the barangay at about 12:35 P.M.

The operation was launched after CTG Prime Ventures, Inc., the provincial STL franchise holder, confirmed the suspect was not in the list of its employees, collectors or sales representatives.

Seized from the suspect were illegal gambling paraphernalia and P108 worth of bets. ###

Unruly American arrested in Talavera

An American citizen was arrested in Talavera for allegedly verbally assaulting a barangay kagawad who tried to pacify him.

Sr. Supt. Eliseo Tanding, provincial police director, identified the American as Daniel Herrick, 37, an online teacher, of Barangay Marcos.

The suspect was brought to the police by barangay officials after he was accused of creating trouble in their  place.

The American was becoming unruly when Felipe Reyes, a barangay kagawad, tried to pacify him.

The suspect ignored the barangay kagawad and even yelled at him to stop talking, followed by an expletive.

The American's brother-in-law, Edgar Allan Intal, tried to mediate but the suspect punched him in the face.

Tanding said the suspect is facing charges of direct assault and slander by deed at the Provincial Prosecutor's Office. ###

Pick-up, tricycle, 2 motorcycles stolen in Ecija

A pick-up truck, a tricycle and two motorcycles were stolen in separate places in Nueva Ecija last October 21.

In  Barangay Daan Sarile, Cabanatuan City, a blue-gray Nissan pick-up  truck registered under Leonardo Hililio was carnapped at 2:30 A.M. while it was parked unattended along the highway, allegedly by Francis Baccay 25, of 20 Manila East Road, Binangonan, Rizal.

The incident was reported to the police by the owner's son-in-law, Robert Glenn Gillego of Purok Highway, Barangay Daan Sarile.

The suspect was arrested along Maharlika Highway in Barangay  San Juan ACCFA at 3:40 A.M. and the vehicle was recovered.

In San Jose City, a tricycle belonging to Manuel Reyes, 48, of Zone 4, Villa Ramos, Barangay Abar 1st was stolen while parked in the compound of his driver in Barangay Santo Tomas at 7:00 A.M.

In Gapan City, a Yamaha Mio Sporty motorcycle driven by Ariel Garcia, 37, company driver, of Heroes del 96, Caloocan City, was parked in front of the rented apartment of his friend Marilou Ravela at Camino Drive, Barangay San Nicolas at 1:45 A.M. It was found missing the following morning.

In the Science City of Muñoz, the brand-new Suzuki Raider motorcycle of Jayson Gelacio, 23, of Barangay Tampak II, Guimba was stolen.

A CCTV footage showed that the lone suspect arrived aboard a tricycle. He climbed the fence to enter the yard, then destroyed the front gate padlock before taking out the motorcycle, leaving behind the tricycle he had used. It was later found out that the tricycle had been stolen in San Jose City. ###

4 rob Zaragoza gas station

Four armed car-riding men robbed a gas station in Zaragoza before dawn last October 24, carting way P28,366 in cash and lubricants.

Victimized was the XTR Gasoline Station in  Barangay Carmen, owned by Ana Beatriz Magbitang of Burol, Balagtas, Bulacan.

Two pump attendants -- Robin Natiro, 44, and Wilmer Moro, 30 -- reported the robbery to the police.

The suspects aboard a black car stopped in front of the cashier's booth and pretended to be customers.

Natiro approached the vehicle but four of the passengers with long and short firearms got down and declared a hold-up.

The suspects ordered the two gasoline boys to stay in the cashier's booth before they took way the money and lubricants.

Before escaping towards La Paz, Tarlac, a suspect fired at the cashier's booth, hitting the concrete wall

Police are conducting their investigation with the help of the gas station's CCTV footage. ###

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