Thursday, September 3, 2015

July to August 24…
Bohol witness 11 deaths
5 injured in shooting

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 2 (PIA)—From July to August 24, Bohol saw 17 cases, eleven of these resulted to deaths while another six were just injured as shooting in Bohol becomes a hot issue.

And of the 17 cases, police investigators bared that personal grudges was picked as the highest reason why people get shot, with 8 shooting cases.

On the other hand, drug related shooting incidents reached four, while 3 cases are still being investigated to determine their causes and motives. 

Two more cases are shootings caused by robbery and theft. 

The bleakest day for Bohol during the period mentioned was on August 8, 2015 when three persons were shot to death in different locations in Bohol. 

At 2:23 PM on that day, a certain Austrian national, Martin Schloglhofer, who was 48 years old, with live-in partner, residing at Acasia Sunset located at Sitio Daorong, Danao, Panglao, Bohol was shot to death at the barangay road of Bolod, Panglao.

By 10:20 PM, Jodan Sultan Padonig or alias “JORDAN”, 28 years old, single, jobless a native resident of Maraput, Cabadbaran, Agusan Del Norte and presently resided at Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sierra Bullones, Bohol met his untimely death at Purok 1, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sierra Bullones, Bohol.

At around 11:30 PM of the same day, August 8, 2015, Edwin Garcia Lasala or WOWIE”, of legal age, married and a resident of Brgy. Guinobatan, Trinidad, Bohol, also met his untimely death at Purok 6, Brgy. Poblacion, Trinidad, Bohol particularly near the waiting shed.

According to police sources, Schloglhofer was shot for reasons of theft and robbery, Padonig’s killing was drug related as with Lasala. 

All the cases also ended up with the person dead. 

Of Bohol’s 11 deaths, in the list of those shot to death are incidents from Bilar, Calape, Dagohoy, Mabini, Panglao, Sierra Bullones, Tagbilaran City with 2 cases, Talibon with 3 cases and Trinidad. 

Those shot but were just injured includes victims from Clarin, Dauis, Panglao, and 2 cases from Tagbilaran. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

BJMP asks PPOC: convince 
Carmen to donate jail lot

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 2 (PIA)– Bureau of Jail Management and Penology is asking the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) to help them convince Carmen Local Government Unit to donate a suitable lot for the relocation of a new jail facility in the town. 

BJMP Bohol chief and Bohol District Jail Warden Jail Inspector Jose Rusylvi Abueva sought the peace council’s help even as jail authorities cite the risk of having jails within the municipal hall complexes and densely populated areas. 

“We hope the PPOC can help us make the LGU Carmen donate a lot for the new building so we can start putting in the budget,” Abueva appealed. 

The appeal came just as the BJMP released funds for the construction of a new facility to be constructed in a municipal-government owned one hectare lot in Camambugan in Ubay. 

As soon as a lot is donated to the BJMP, then it can easily process the funds for the construction of the needed correctional and reformative facility, JInspector Abueva explained. 

At the recent PPOC meeting, Abueva also told the council that when he assumed the BJMP in Bohol in 2013, there were only about 330 inmates. Since then, the jail population has reached 530 inmates. 

The multi-awarded warden also bared that “more people are committed to the jails over those released”, so jail population is expected to rise. 

“What the police accomplish, the jails get the burden,” quips Abueva who has currently more than 900 inmates manned by 5 commissioned officers and 91 NCO jail personnel. 

According to records from the BJMP, Carmen jail has a bursting population of about 82 male and a female inmate. Jail officials then have recommended for a new jail, which the BJMP could build, but the government jail management and penology can only do so if a lot, which is suitable for a new facility can be donated to them.

The BJMP is now supervising the operation of five jails: Bohol District Jail, Tagbilaran City Jail, Talibon District Jail, Ubay District Jail and Carmen District Jail. 

The government agency is also in-charge of safe-keeping a total of 976 inmates since last month. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

Camp Dagohoy celebrates 
August with lesser crimes

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 29, (PIA)—Although crimes in the count were only those happening in Bohol from the first to the third week, a difference of 285 compared to the previous month, lead police statisticians to note that August had fewer crimes.

At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting, Camp Dagohoy bared they tallied only 470 cases in August compared to 755 in July of this year. 

In a report read by Camp Dagohoy Chief Police Senior Superintendent Dennis Agustin, the 470 cases in August comprised of 299 index and 171 non index crimes.

This, according to the police chief is much lower than the 444 index and 311 non index crimes in July, making up to the 755 crimes recorded during the month as reported during the August 5 PPOC meeting.

The same decrease in crimes is also clearly reflected in the 124 physical injury cases compared to the 216 cases during the previous month. 

Crimes of theft also enjoyed significant decrease from 135 last month to 108 while robbery, which had 47 last month, went down to 38. 

Physical injuries, robbery and theft still make up the top crimes in Bohol in August. 

And, in a trend that has been established since months ago, of the 124 physical injury cases, 72 or 58% of them are injuries caused by traffic related incidents. 

Camp Dagohoy also cited 22% of the total month’s crime cases caused by traffic related incidents. Less the traffic related incidents, Bohol’s 470 crimes should only be 365.

To illustrate some more, Col Agustin bared that the month had 10 homicide cases recorded, but in reality, only 4 would strictly be homicide if traffic related caused deaths be stricken off the list. 

Moreover, of the 124 physical injury cases, Agustin said without counting traffic related incidents, statisticians would only have 46 cases. This is glaringly some 63 % less crimes in physical injuries. 

For malicious mischief, Bohol police noted 37 cases, but less those which are traffic related, there would only be 10 cases. This, Agustin cites, is 73% lower.

Traffic related incidents contributed significantly in the increase of the total crime volume, summed up Col Agustin. 

The statistics also illustrate the dire need for Bohol to keep up with road laws and traffic enforcement, if it intends to continue to project a wholesome venue for investments and tourism. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

In nearly 3 years...
Authorities get P24.3M 
illegal drugs off streets

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 28 (PIA)-- After almost three years of getting a bit serious against illegal drugs and its trade, authorities in Bohol have accounted over 2 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or commonly called shabu, with a street value of over P24 million, reports Bohol Provincial police office. 

At the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) meeting held at the Reynas Garden and Haven, Thursday August 27, Bohol Provincial Police Chief Police Senior Superintendent (PSSupt) Dennis Agustin said from 2013 up to the present, the total Dangerous Drugs Board value of the confiscated drugs in Bohol has reached P24,371.861. 

The biggest haul, which police authorities tagged was in 2014, when authorities collected 1.64 kilos of shabu from drug personalities. Biggest haul was from a big-time drug dealer Dominador Hera of Buenavista which yielded about a kilo of shabu in November. 

Over the year, operations yielded to about P19 million of street valued drugs, according to sources at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency bared. 

After seven months in 2015 too, authorities accounted 260.46 grams of shabu were taken off the streets. This sums up to over P3 million street-valued drugs taken off the streets. 

In 2013 too, when authorities picked the mandate for getting serious with the social threat starting August, Bohol gathered 164.35 grams. This sums to a DDB street value of almost P2 million. 

Over the years, police and narcotics agents at the Philippine Drug Enforcement agency have logged in 671 operations such as buy-bust, target casing and surveillance busts, test buy, search warrant busts and those caught red-handed and in the act.

At that same time, 760 persons have been arrested, according to Police Colonel Agustin. 

In fact, the heightened operations since August 2013 has impacted on the local jails, confirmed Bohol jail warden JSupt Jose Rusylvi Abueva. 

Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Bohol chief Abueva also notes over 60% increase in jail populations since 2013 to present.

But as the police logged successes in drug supply reduction, their batting averages in the prosecution of over a thousand cases filed in courts since then has been largely described as deplorable. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

CICL murder raises again a
minor offender facility need

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 28, (PIA)—A child in conflict with the law (CICL) died in the arms of his mother here, as the reality of government lack of facility to help child offenders continue to stir local authorities. 

The child of 16, according to Tagbilaran City chief Police Superintendent George Vale has been in and out of police and social welfare commission since ten years old, when he figured out in petty crimes. 

A law on Juvenile Justice however bans the imprisonment of minor offenders it only provides for law enforcers to turn over the offender to a social welfare facility, which the government has yet to put up. 

Recently, the same minor was invited to the city police station over his implication of a theft when he took a service fire-arm of a security guard who incidentally fell asleep while manning a post, according to city police authorities. 

A security camera footage showed the child offender, with a bandaged foot as the primary suspect. 

Consequent post-crime operations confirmed the child’s involvement as authorities tracked the handgun which the child offender disposed to a buyer.

The child, who the city police has committed to the city social welfare, has also been consequently turned over to the parents, owing to the lack of a facility to keep the child for rehabilitation as an act of restorative justice. 

Owing to his habitual tangles with the law, the child has been committed by an unnamed court to a Department of Social Welfare and Development rehabilitation center in Argao, Cebu, but reports confirmed the child’s escape from the reformative facility. 

That night, of August 26, in Tagbilaran where the child offender homed after escaping Argao, he was being fetched by his parents after police tactical investigation relative to the gun-theft, also recommended the child offender to get to a hospital for his bandaged feet. 

While on astride a motorcycle, sitting between his father and mother, a gunman pumped a bullet into the boy’s head, instantly killing him. 

A newspaper report bared that the assailant casually walked off the crime scene. 

Police said they could not do anything because the City DSWD could not assure the kids commitment due to lack of an appropriate facility. All they could do, as the child was an escapee from Argao facility, was to turn him over to the parents. It was there when the kid was shot to death. 

Following a bind law authorities put themselves into with minor offenders, legal luminary in Bohol suggests police to rather turn over kid offenders to the courts who signed their commitments to a reformatory facility.

“Turning over the minor offender to the DSWD may be raising a question of jurisdiction, as much as a court has already ordered the commitment to a DSWD facility,” said fiscal Macario Delusa, at the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Thursday.

Earlier, City police chief Vale said they could not send the kid back to Argao, due to lack of resources and material time. 

Tagbilaran City however is now fast-tracking the construction of its Paglaum Center, a CICL facility operated by the local government, Col Vale added. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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