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Leyte Samar Daily Express

TACLOBAN CITY — Hot pursuit operations are now being conducted by the members of the police provincial headquarters of Biliran against the other suspects that burned two passenger buses that killed two drivers in Barangay Talahid, Almeria town.

Chief Supt. Arnold Revilla, regional police director, in a press statement, said that the two suspects have been arrested but there are other perpetrators who remain at large and believed to be hiding in the mountains of Almeria town.

Two bus drivers were killed when a group of suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels burned down two buses early dawn on Saturday. Police officials said it was the first suspected rebel attack in the province, previously considered as the only insurgency-free province in the region.

The Biliran police provincial director, Senior Supt. Alfredo Sabornido, said the fatalities were sleeping inside the buses when the attack occurred. They were identified as Arnel Montano, 43, of Mondragon, Northern Samar and Edwin Bargola, 47, from Sorsogon City.

Hours after the grisly incident, police authorities were able to arrest two men who were on board a motorcycle and were brought to the provincial police headquarters for questionings.

The two men were identified as Jesie Oledan, 23, of Barangay Macalpi, Carigara, Leyte and Teodoro Macalalag of Barangay Candigahub, also in Carigara. Several items were recovered from the suspects including the motorcycle they used.

The two were positively identified by Joaquin Sabetsana, the barangay chairman of Barangay Talahid.

Because of the incident, Chief Supt. Revilla said he has directed all police provincial offices in the region to heighten security patrols and intensify intelligence-gathering to avert similar rebel offensives.

Revilla also ordered police stations all over the region to implement the Police Integrated Patrol System (PIPS) for police visibility.
He also called for close police and community interaction to prevent similar incidents. (REYAN ARINTO)


BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 10:32:00 03/10/2011

The 2 suspects in burning of 2 buses and killing of 2 drivers in Talahid, Almeria were temporarily released due to procedural errors in their arrest.

Photo by Kenskie


TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte– An exhaustive investigation is being undertaken by the Almeria Police Station in connection with the Bureau of Fire Protection Naval Fire Station, regarding the arson that torched two drivers and two buses at Barangay Talahid, Almeria, Biliran in the early morning of March 5, 2011.

Photo by Gina Higanto Gulles

This was the pronouncement of Police Region 8 Director Arnold R. Revilla, who added that two suspect have been apprehended and hot pursuit operations are being conducted for the apprehension of the other suspects.

At about 1:00 in the morning of March 5, Barangay Captain Joaquin Sabetsana called up through mobile phone, PSInsp Edwin Cura, chief of Police of Almeria Police Station, informing him that two buses of Silver Star which were parked infront of their house at Barangay Talahid, were set on fire by about seven (7) persons.

The Barangay Captain noticed the suspects run towards three (3) motorcycles which was parked along the road and immediately fled going towards the direction of the municipality of Almeria, Biliran.

The Barangay Captain identified the face of the driver of motorcycle STX Yamaha color red with covered plate number.

Upon receipt of the information, the Chief of Police immediately called the radio operator of Biliran Provincial Police Office to conduct checkpoints and gave description of the motorcycle which was reported to him by Barangay Captain Sabetsana for a possible apprehension.

At about 1:50 in the morning of the same date, PSI Cura received a cell phone call from Biliran Public Safety Platoon that the drivers of the motorcycle subject for dragnet operation was flagged down at their sub station located at Sitio Poro, Brgy. San Roque, Biliran, Biliran.

The suspects were identified as Jesie Olidan, 23 yrs old, single, Filipino, cell phone repair technician and a resident of Brgy Macalpi, Carigara, Leyte. Recovered from his possession and control are the following: one (1) back pack containing two helmets, one (1) unit cell phone (Samsung) model E13608, one (1) motorcycle (motorstar) color black without plate number and official receipt number.

Also apprehended was Teodoro Macalalag alias “Tedie”, 26 yrs old, high school graduate, habal-habal driver and a resident of Barangay Candigahub, Carigara, Leyte. Recovered from his possession and control are the following: one (1) unit cell phone (nokia), one (1) unit STX 125 (Yamaha) motorcycle color red with plate number 6155HG, OR number 927678080 and CR number 104517324 registered in the name of Teodoro Macalalag.

Investigation conducted at the fire scene disclosed that the burned buses have the following plate number TYL 833 with body number 200602 and plate number TYL 287 with body number 200756 owned by Silver Star Shuttle Tours Inc managed by Martilino Mercado with address at Jam compound, Brgy San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna.

Further investigation reported that two (2) charred bodies that were later identified as the bus drivers who were found at the rear portion of the bus number 200602 with plate number TYR 833. The bodies were identified as that of Arnel Montano, 34 yrs old, Filipino, and a resident of Mondragon Northern Samar and Edwin Bargula, 47 yrs old, Filipino and a resident of Brgy Abuyog, Sorsogon City.

After processing the crime scene by SOCO operatives, the cadavers were brought to Marvelos Funeral Parlor located at Naval, Biliran.

The damaged cost was estimated to be more or less Php 14,000,000.00. Information gathered further revealed that the motive of said incident was extortion made by CPP/NPA as they were asking increase of their revolutionary tax.

At present, documentation is being prepared for filing of appropriate charges in court.

CSupt Revilla directed all police commanders to step up security patrols and intensify intelligence-gathering to thwart similar rebel offensives.

He also directed all police commanders to ensure the full implementation of the Police Integrated Patrol Systme (PIPS) regionwide to heighten police visibility. He called for close interaction between the police and the community including the AFP through the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team or BPAT program to enhance crime preventive measures. (PIA 8)

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