FIVE men wanted for drugs and rape were hauled to jail by the Mimaropa police in separate anti-crime operations in Palawan and Mindoro provinces, Police Regional Office 4-B director, Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. said yesterday.
One of the suspects identified as Antero Bacosa Jr., a 47-year old delivery truck driver residing in Barangay Calasaguen in Brookes Point, Palawan was arrested on the strength of a warrant for rape issued by Judge Arlen Guillen of the Puerto Princesa City Regional Trial Court Branch 13, the official said. No bail was recommended for the suspect’s temporary liberty.
According to Apolinario, Bacosa, tagged as the no. 1 most wanted person in Puerto Princesa City, was tracked down in his hiding place in Bgy. Inarayan in San Vicente, Palawan at 12:30 a.m. yesterday by members of the Palawan Police Provincial Office.
The suspect is now under the custody of the Puerto Princesa City Police Office pending his presentation to court.
One of the suspects identified as Risty Ovar Balester,33, the manager of District Disco Bar in Bgy. Sabang, Puerto Galera was arrested after he sold P1,000 worth of shabu to an undercover officer. The suspect yielded three heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the marked money paid to him by an undercover agent. He is now being held at the Puerto Galera police jail.
Another suspect identified as Hospicio Magundayao,37, a resident of Bgy. Maibon, Naujan, Oriental Mindoro was arrested during an entrapment operation in Bgy. Sto. Niño in Calapan City.
The suspect yielded a marked P1,000 bill and a sachet of shabu.
Two others identified as John Michael Taja,22, and Rodet Marigment,19, both students residing in Bgy. Central, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro were arrested while conspiring to sell shabu to an undercover agent in Sitio Relocation Site in Bgy. Bubog, San Jose town.
Apolinario said the suspects were found in possession of a plastic sachet containing suspected shabu, one folded in used aluminum foil with traces of shabu, a box containing various drug paraphernalia including unused roll aluminum foils and lighter and a marked P1,000 bill.
All suspects are now facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs, said Apolinario.