Luzon Newsbits for October 2,2013
Esquivel Named New Cavite P.D.
IMUS, Cavite — Governor Jonvic Remulla has chosen Senior Superintendent Joselito Teodoro Esquivel, Jr. as new provincial director (PD) of the 1,769-strong Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO). Chief Superintendent Jesus Gatchalian, Police Regional Office (PRO) IV-A director, said a formal turnover of command from Sr. Supt. Alexander D. G. Rafael to Esquivel will be set at Camp General Pantaleon Garcia, here, soon. Esquivel will be taking over a PPO that has been challenged by a long list of shooting incidents in the past months. Just last weekend, a jeepney barker in Dasmariñas City and a fisherman in Rosario were among the latest shooting fatalities in the province. (Anthony Giron)
IBA, Zambales — Three youngsters drowned after being taken by huge waves while swimming in waters off Barangay Bangantalinga, here, last weekend, police reported yesterday. Senior Inspector Gilbert Diaz, Iba chief of police, said the body of 22-year-old Laarni Dumapit has been recovered, but those of the two other victims – Ralph Jordan Benliro, 18, of Botolan, and Geneva Edora, 17, of this town – are believed lost under the sea. The Philippine Red Cross and other concerned local groups have launched a search but to no avail. (Jonas Reyes)
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Pangasinan bagged the National Best PESO Award for 1st class province category besting the other provinces all over the country. Director Grace Ursua of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 revealed yesterday that Pangasinan PESO Manager Alex Ferrer received the award during the 13th National PESO Congress attended by around 800 PESO managers and staff at the Oriental Hotels and Resorts in Palo, Leyte, on Sept. 24-27. (Freddie G. Lazaro)
ILAGAN, Isabela — Even as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban is in force, two people have been killed in separate shooting incidents in this province, the Isabela Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported yesterday. Chief Inspector Fredie Natividad, PPO spokesman, confirmed the deaths by shooting of Artemio B. Bolo, 42, a grains classifier, and a resident of Victoria, Mallig, this province, Rodentor D. Mana, 48, a widower, and resident of Barangay Binguang in San Pablo. Artemio was gunned down by unidentified armed men inside the Wowowee videoke bar around 8 p.m. Monday. Mana, on the other hand, was shot by a neighbor over a spat. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)
POLICE HUNTING LADY D.I.’S KILLER
LIPA CITY, Batangas — Police are now tracking down the killer of a businesswoman who was bludgeoned to death inside her house in Barangay 6, this city, the other day. Superintendent Jacinto Malinao, city chief of police, said Marifi Caraan, 44, owner of “Step-Dance Studio,” was discovered dead by her housemaid, Aileen Indrinal, on their second floor studio unit at 229 P. Torres St., corner Obispo Obviar St., in Barangay 6, about 7 a.m. Monday. Malinao said robbery seemed to be the motive of the killer. Probers said a vase was used to beat Caraan’s head until she fell dead on the floor. (Ferdinand F. Castro)