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14 youths held for MC drag-racing in Ecija

STO. DOMINGO, Nueva Ecija — Some 14 youths were rounded up for allegedly engaging in motorcycle drag-racing here on Wednesday night.

Police Major Abraham C. Atencio, town police head, said the suspects were apprehended after his men responded to a tip from a concerned citizen about a drag-racing activity in Bgy. Mabini at 8 p.m.

Arrested were Mark Jayson Paladan, 21, Gilbert Fulgencio, 19, alleged financier, Marchel Narca, 25, Jayson Villanueva, 24, James Bisual, 18, Honorio Gonzales, 20, John Benedick Barroga, 21, Elizardo Turno, 32, Jomar Patricio, 22, Harrys Jay Patricio, 21, Jorge Michael Braceros, 18, CJ Martinez, 23, and two male minors, all of this town.

Also seized during the anti-illegal gambling operation were five motorcycles — one Honda, SYM, Yamaha Mio Soul, a Kawasaki Bajaj, and one Suzuki 120, as well as P2,269 in cash bets.

Atencio said the suspects and the seized evidence were brought to the police station here for proper disposition.

He added that charges for violation of P.D. 1602 as amended by R.A. 9287 (drag-racing) were filed against the suspects before the provincial prosecutor’s office.