BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The campaign against loose firearms in Negros Occidental and highly-urbanized Bacolod City led to the surrender of six assorted firearms, arrest of a gun ban violator and the seizure of almost P75,000 worth of suspected shabu.
The buy-bust operation at Purok Bagong Hilway in Brgy. 22, Bacolod City, yesterday led to the arrest of a woman drug suspect identified by the police as Antonette Dequiña, alias Sugar.
PCol. Joseph Thomas Martir, BCPO director, disclosed that the arrest of Dequiña by operatives of the Police Station 5, assisted by police intelligence operatives and Drug Enforcement Unit members yielded about 10 grams of suspected shabu with a market value of P68,000.
Another buy-bust operation on January 19 in Brgy. Binicuil, Kabankalan City, also led to the arrest of Erwin Torre, alias Bobot, and the confiscation of about a gram of suspected shabu with a market value of P6,800 and its assorted paraphernalia, as well as P100 in marked money.
On the other hand, a farmer identified as John Santillan was arrested by the police after trying to evade a checkpoint along the national highway of Brgy. 1-A, Manapla, Negros Occidental.
A homemade .38 caliber revolver with six ammunition was recovered by the Manapla police from the possession of Santillan, who is now being detained at the police station custodial facility.
Six homemade firearms with ammunition, including homemade shotguns and a .38 caliber revolver were also surrendered to police stations in San Enrique, Manapla, Hinobaan, Bago City, Cadiz City and 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office show.*