50 arrested for ECQ violation, other crimes in Bulacan

FIFTY persons, 27 of them wanted for drugs and other crimes and the 23 others for violating the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Bulacan were arrested by the local police in a string of operations on Wednesday, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Lawrence B. Cajipe said yesterday.

In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia, Cajipe said 17 of the suspects were arrested in separate anti-narcotics operations conducted by his men in the municipalities of San Rafael, Balagtas, Bocaue and Pulilan and San Jose del Monte City.

He identified the arrested drug personalities as Victorino Gabriel, Jerson Reyes, Noel Mabeza, Remlani Lumungsod, Marvin Mimay, Janry Aligada, John Luis Giron, Jhon Carlo Manggaring, Charito Chua, Aris Mallari, Manuel Lectana, Romulo Gutlay, Joemar Gutlay, Jhong elada, Cesar Madridano and Anthony Laron.

All suspects are included in the drug watch list of the local police and barangay, said Cajipe

He said recovered from the suspects were 80 plastic sachets containing shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and marked money they received from undercover officers prior to their arrest.

The official said another suspect identified as Jeffrey de Leon alias ‘Epok’ yielded two plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ when he was accosted by barangay officials manning a quarantine checkpoint in Bgy. Bulihan in Plaridel.

The suspect was also found to be driving without a crash helmet and without a driver’s license and had no registration papers for his red Yamaha STX motorcycle.

Four other wanted persons in Bulacan were arrested in separate manhunt operations in the province. They include Alexis de Jesus, a 19-year-old resident of Tumana in Baliuag who is wanted for carnapping and has been tagged as the 5th most wanted person in the municipality.

Five others engaged in illegal ‘tupada’ in Bgy. Paradis in Purok 4, San Jose del Monte City were also arrested by the local police. Recovered from the suspects were two stainless gaffs or ‘tari,’ two live fighting cocks and P1,570 in cash bets.

The 23 ECQ violators were arrested in the municipalities of Bocaue, Santa Maria, Guiguinto, Baliwag, Santa Maria and Calumpit either for not wearing face mask in public, loitering, violating the curfew hours and the liquor van.