Cops nab ‘wrong’ robbery men


ROXAS City — Authorities arrested three suspects in holding up and robbing a businesswoman here yesterday.

However, victim Mae Cajandig said the suspects — all minors — were not the ones who grabbed her bag containing P1.2 million cash.

Two unidentified men snatched her bag when she was about to deposit the money to a bank here, Cajandig said.

The suspects hurriedly fled onboard a motorcycle, she added.

Policemen conducted checkpoints in all the exit points of this city, and later arrested three minors onboard a single-type motorcycle.

The minors said they avoided the checkpoint in Brgy. Sibaguan here.

They suspected those at the checkpoint as Land Transportation Office personnel seizing unlicensed motorcycles, the minors said.

Supt. Kashmir Disomangcop, city police chief, said the minors were released after the victim denied them as robbery suspects.

The police are currently conducting a hot pursuit operation against the suspects.

Prior to the incident, Cajandig said, one of the suspects bought candies in a nearby store.

Later, another suspect approached and held her up at gunpoint.

Cajandig said she and her husband immediately sought police assistance.

The Cajandigs were distributors of Rebisco Biscuit products in the province.

Last year, a cargo truck of Rebisco was also held up by unidentified men. The suspects remain at large./PN


‘Needy militant groups 
should register as NGOs’


ROXAS City — Militant groups seeking financial assistance should register to become legitimate nongovernment organizations, the provincial legal chief said.

There are processes to be followed before any individual or group will be given assistance by the government, said Atty. Jose Villanueva.

Last week, the militant groups reminded Gov. Victor Tanco to fulfill his election promises.

The Kalipunan ng Mamamayang Mahihirap, Anakpawis and Gabriela staged a rally in front of the Capiz Provincial Capitol recently.

They complained that most of them living in coastal areas were being neglected.

Most of the protesters were from Barangays Dumulog, Cogon, Punta Cogon, Libas, Culasi and Dinginan of this city.

Where’s the financial assistance Tanco has promised them during the campaign, they asked.

The inclement weather these past few weeks made their lives harder because they were not able to set out to sea, they said.

Tanco was reelected for a second term last year./PN


Flood hits 57 villages


ROXAS City — A total of 57 barangays in the province have been affected by the flood brought by continuous heavy downpour that started Friday last week.

Some 190 families, including 950 persons, were affected by the flood, according to Jose Daradar, action officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

As of yesterday morning, no injuries or casualties were reported.

Damages to properties and agricultural products — particularly on rice fields and livestock — are currently undetermined.

In Tapaz town, a flashflood hit areas near the rivers of Panay, Malinao and Sibaguan, Daradar said.

Lower portions of Barangays Poblacion and Daan Banwa — which were both along the river bank — were submerged in floodwater, according to the PDRRMC.

Mambusao’s 13 villages were affected by flood, followed by 11 in Sigma, eight in Panitan, seven in each of Maayon and Dao, five in Cuartero, three in Pontevedra and one in Panay.

Flooding also occurred last month, affecting only three municipalities.

In December last year, about 123 villages and 5,779 families (27,047 persons) in the province were affected by flood.

Sigma town had the most number of affected individuals, PDRRMC monitoring reports said.

Worst hit by flood were 20 barangays in each of the towns Panitan in the 1st District and Dao in the 2nd District, PDRRMC reports added.

Three fatalities were confirmed and recorded by the PDRRMC.

They were 10-year-old Gregy delos Santos of Brgy. Dapdapan, Sapian; 15-year-old Richard Diestro of Brgy. Tabuc Sur, Panitan; and another from Dao town./PN

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