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Firearms peddler nabbed in Davao By BEN D. ARCHE, Regional editor-Davao

TAGUM City––Elements of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested a mechanic selling illegal firearms in Barangay Tibal-og, Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte recently. Chief Inspector Darwin Rafer of CIDG-Davao del Norte identified the suspect as Arnel Redito-Arsenio, 26, and resident of Purok 2-B, Feeder Road 1, Riverside Poblacion Tibal-og, Sto. Tomas. The suspect was caught on the act of selling S&W caliber .357 magnum revolver and three other revolvers of different kinds to a CIDG agent posing as buyer. CIDG agents handcuffed the suspect after he failed to show legal documents for his firearms. Rafer said they placed the suspect under surveillance following reports on his illegal business. The arrest of the suspect came at the height of CIDG’s Oplan Paglalansag Omega against illegal firearms. Yesterday, CIDG filed charges against the suspect for violation of Republic Act 8294 or the law on illegal possession of firearms.

Govt men recover P.163m ‘hot logs’ in Agusan del Sur By PAT SAMONTE, Regional editor-Caraga and JOEL PORTUGAL, Correspondent

BUTUAN City––A joint reto, Agusan del Sur on team composed of environ- Wednesday. ment, Anti-Illegal Logging The team found the timber prodTask Force, Presidential ucts scattered and abandoned along Anti-Organized Crime the Umayam River at around 1:30 Commission and police pm and brought them to the Loreto operatives recovered round Municipal Environment and Natural Resources office for safekeeping. logs of assorted species Police said the operation was in measuring 109.08 cubic keeping with the government’s camagainst illegal logging pursumeters with an estimated paign ant to President Aquino’s Executive market value of P163,500 Order No. 23. Taking a cue from their counin Barangay Waloe, Lo-

terparts in the drive to protect and conserve the environment, lawmen in Lingig, Surigao del Sur intensified the campaign against illegal fishers in their area of responsibility. While on seaborne patrol, police arrested Roberto Pontillo, Jimboy Pontillo and Jomer Pontillo for fishing with the of triple nets with line mesh nets. The suspects were hauled to the Lingig police station along with some four kilos of their fish catch and illegal fishing paraphernalia. “They will be charged accordingly for violation of local fishing laws,” police said.

Two traders abducted in SoCot, abandoned in Davao Sur By BEN D. ARCHE, Regional editor-Davao

DIGOS City––Law enforcers were able to retrieve the two businessmen kidnapped in South Cotabato after their kidnappers abandoned them in two separate places within the towns of Bansalan and Magsaysay, all in Davao del Sur the other day.

Senior Inspector Migrace Driz, Bansalan police chief identified the victims as Abdul Manan Ebad, 35, owner of the Fatima Travel Agency based in Manila, and resident of Baptist Subdivision, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat; and Mukamad Gaya Utto,

42, businessman, resident of Barrio Uno, Koronadal City. Police operatives rescued the handcuffed Abdul Ebad in Barangay Rizal of Bansalan while his nephew, Mukamad Otto, also handcuffed and blindfolded with a packing tape at the side of the road in Magsaysay town. The victims told that

while they parked their colored-gray Estrada pickup Sunday afternoon infront of a gasoline station in General Santos Drive, Koronadal City, a coloredwhite Toyota Revo and an Isuzu Crosswind arrived, then several armed alighted and tied them. They said the suspects

demanded some P100,000 for their release. Abdul Ebad said they contacted his wife, Senaida using his mobile phone and instructed her to drop the money in a pawnshop in Davao City. However, Ebad said the kidnappers failed to give the name of the would-be recipient of

the money. For fe ar of gett ing trapped, authorities said the suspects did not pursue their demand instead they were forced to abandon their victims. Senior Inspector Manuel Ryan Lim, Intelligence officer of Sultan Kudarat TRADERS/PAGE 7

Happy 51st Araw ng Dangcagan. From: Mayor Edilberto Ayuban



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