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Luzon Newsbits for July 7, 2014

3 BIG ARRESTS MADE IN ABRA

Bangued, Abra — Abra Philippine National Police Office and members of the bureau of Regional Intelligence made three big arrests here recently. One was a suspected arsonist, identified by Abra Provincial Director Police Senior Supt. Virgilio Laya as Berni Taguibao Banganan of Barangay Lagayan, Abra, who was arrested while processing his application as a contract worker at the UNO Manpower Agency. Another was murder suspect Bobby Medrano Gulam of Barangay Collago, Lagayan. The third was a 16-year-old, charged with the rape of a four-year-old distant relative. (Mar T. Supnad)

‘GRANNY’ CRIES RAPE

Candelaria, Quezon — An 85-year-old woman has filed a case of attempted rape against a baker in this town, police said yesterday. Chief Inspector Job de Mesa, chief of police, said his men arrested Ariel H. De Alday, 19, a baker and resident of Barangay Buenavista West, here, upon the complaint of the old woman who claimed he had tried to abuse her sexually inside her house last Thursday night. De Mesa said De Alday allegedly gained entry into the house through the window and was only prevented from raping the old woman when her son caught him. (Danny J. Estacio)

ROB DUO STRIKES

Naga City, Camarines Sur — Two men who held up a man in Barangay Patitinan, Sagñay, Camarines Sur, last Saturday ended up shooting it out with police, resulting in the arrest of one of them. Police also wounded Eleuterio Junille Abad III after he traded fire with them. Abad identified his cohort, who managed to flee in a motorcycle, as Dionisio Villareal. Prior to his arrest, Abad and Villareal mulcted P9,000 from one Eugene Fausto at gunpoint. The duo is also implicated in the July 3 robbery of one Joeven San Juan in Barangay Salvacion, Tigaon, police said. (Ruel Saldico)

FEEDING PROGRAM

Lucena City, Quezon — Instead of serving the traditional rice porridge (lugaw) for a feeding program, the Rotary Club of Lucena North members offered banana cakes and fruit juices to 130 daycare pupils of Purok Matahimik, Barangay Cotta, here, last Saturday. RC Lucena North President Adrian de Vera said they replaced the traditional porridge to give children a more nutritious meal. The feeding program was part of the annual Deworming and Supplemental Feeding Campaign for daycare pupils. (Danny J. Estacio)

READY FOR STORM

Dagupan City — Learning from the experience of super-typhoon “Yolanda,” the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 1 (DSWD-1) has pre-packed food and brought it to strategic areas, ready for distribution in cases of disasters. With a storm entering Philippine territory last weekend, DSWD-1 Director Marcelo Nicomedes Castillo said they have prepared 30,000 food packs for the region. Each pack contains three kilos of rice, six cans of sardines, six cans of corned beef, six noodles, six sachets of 3-in-1 coffee, and bottles of water. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)

666 ‘JUNKIES’ FALL IN 6 MOS. IN CAVITE

Imus, Cavite — Provincial and local police have arrested a total of 666 drug pushers and users in the first six months of 2014 alone, Senior Superintendent Joselito T. Esquivel Jr., Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, reported yesterday. Citing a consolidated report, Esquivel said that a total of P19,287,920.35 worth of “shabu,” P35,846.35 worth of cannabis, and P21,850 worth of other drugs were seized from January 1 to June 30 this year. (Anthony Giron)