2 illegal quarrying men, 3 housewives playing "tong-its" fall in Ecija

PALAYAN CITY -- Police conducting patrol operations during the implementation of enhanced community quarantine nabbed two men doing illegal quarrying activities near a river here on Wednesday.

City police head, Lt. Col. Renato Morales identified the two arrested suspects as Justine Francisco, 22, loader operator, of Bgy. Popolon, this city and Daniel Alay-ay, 48, farmer, of Bgy. Picaleon, General Natividad.

Morales said they caught the two suspects red-handed while conducting illegal quarrying activities in Sitio Pulong Uway, Bgy. Marcos Village at 11:30 a.m. He said a payloader that was spotted being used in the illicit operations was also impounded.

Meanwhile, in another operation, Morales said they collared Alfredo Sison Jr., 46, of Purok 8, Bgy. Militar by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by presiding Judge Evelyn A. Turla, of Regional Trial Court Branch 40 for violation of Republic Act 10591.

He said Sison, who jumped bail and failed to appear in court, fell anew in police's hands after a raid was conducted in his hideout in Bgy. Militar at 11 a.m. here.

Elsewhere in the city, Morales said they also nabbed three housewives and two laborers, who were caught red-handed while in the act of playing "tong-its."

The anti-illegal gambling sting was conducted at the NHA housing site in Bgy. Atate at 4:45 p.m.

Nabbed were Jaime Dela Rosa, 35, and Dominador Aguilar, 40, both laborers, and three women -- Gina Novillos, 42, Rocelyn Bergui-Sapico, 40, and Rizza Gervacio-Dela Rosa, 39.