Cops score big in Mimaropa ops

MIMAROPA policemen scored big in its ongoing anti-criminality campaign in the region this week after hauling to jail scores of most wanted persons and accounting for a cache of illegal weapons, Police Regional Office 4-B director, Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. said yesterday.

On Friday, members of the El Nido Municipal Police Station arrested Rodjie Elijay Revillas, a 20-year old junk shop helper long wanted for a rape case.

Apolinario said that the suspect, tagged as the 4th most wanted man in El Nido, was arrested on the basis of a warrant of arrest for rape with no bail recommended on October 26, 2018 by Judge Emmanuel Artazo of the Taytay, Palawan Family Court.

The same day also saw policemen in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro tracking down farmer Joel Bonado, 47, in his hiding place in Bgy. Andres Ylagan. Apolinario said that the suspect is the subject of a warrant of arrest for rape issued by Judge Edralin Reyes of the Oriental Mindoro Regional Trial Court Branch 39 with no bail recommended for his temporary liberty.

Last Tuesday, members of the Odiongan Municipal Police Station in Romblon arrested  Johnny Guyo for illegal possession of a caliber 9mm semi-automatic pistol while drinking in a local bar.

Apolinario said that officers conducted an Oplan: Bakal inside the Petit Paris Resto Bar in Bgy. Tabin-Dagat at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday amid an information that one of the bar customers was armed.

When frisked, the suspect yielded a holstered CZ model 75 cal. 9mm pistol with one magazine containing 10 live ammunition. The suspect is now facing charges for illegal possession of firearm and violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

The official said that around 7 a.m. yesterday, members of the El Nido Municipal Police Station arrested security guards Rico Barrun,32; and Angel Regala,35, after they fired their service firearms indiscriminately in Duli Beach in Barangay Bucana, El Nido.

He said that officers rushed to the site after receiving a complaint regarding the presence of armed men who fired their guns in the neighborhood. Apolinario said that the two were accosted while carrying a 12-gauge shotgun with 24 live ammunition and a caliber .38 revolver with six bullets along the beach.

Both were placed under arrest when they failed to present any gun papers.

Around 5:45 a.m. yesterday, police arrested Aljen Rivadavia,42, a tricycle driver from Sitio Sampaguita in Bgy. Bagsok, Socorro, Oriental Mindoro for illegal possession of a 12-gauge shotgun with 11 live ammunition. He said that the suspect was arrested inside his house which was raided by the local police.