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Bicol’s most wanted nabbed in Cavite; PRO5 discourages use of firecrackers

By Connie Calipay

LEGAZPI CITY --- With only two days to go before Christmas Day, the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) is urging the public to avoid the use of firecrackers in order to trim down accidents and firecracker-related injuries, particularly during the New Year revelry.

In a statement on Friday, Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas, PRO-5 regional director, said the unit, in coordination with the local chief executives of different towns, cities, and provinces, shall conduct an inspection and round-the-clock police visibility patrol to ensure adherence to the provisions of Republic Act (RA) 7183 which covers the regulation of the sale, manufacture, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices this Yuletide season.

“To the public, stop using illegal or dangerous firecrackers, especially the use of firearms, instead use of conventional noisemakers like torotot (trumpet) and other percussive instruments during the celebration of Christmas and New Year,” Dimas said.

This also intends to make sure the observance of the rules and regulations in furtherance of public safety, order and the enhancement of cultural traditions.

The prohibited firecrackers include watusi, piccolo, pop pop, five star, pla-pla, lolo thunder, giant bawang, giant whistle bomb, super lolo, atomic triangle, goodbye bading, large size judas belt, goodbye Philippines, goodbye Delima, bin laden, bello Columbia, mother rockets, goodbye napoles, coke-in-can, super Yolanda, pilibox, mother rockets, boga, kwiton, kabasi and all overweight and oversized fire-crackers and pyrotechnic devices (FCPD) and other types with other brands/names equivalent to those that are prohibited.

Any person found guilty of the violation of RA 7183 shall be punished by a fine of not less than PHP20,000.00 nor more than PHP30,000.00, imprisonment of not less than six months nor more than one year, or both.

Meanwhile, a member of the New People’s Army (NPA) who was tagged as the most wanted person in Bicol has been arrested in Cavite, the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) said on Thursday.

In a statement, Lt. Col. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) spokesperson, said Bicol police and the National Bureau of Investigation-Cavite operatives collared Rey Cueva alias Ka Boklan/Jimbo on Wednesday.

She said authorities arrested Cueva during a manhunt n Barangay Estana Amaya 1, Tanza, Cavite.

She said Cueva, of Sitio Kabikuhan, Barangay Luna, Placer, Masbate, had been hiding in Cavite.

“He is an active member of Luding Tulingin headed by Ka Dadi/ Ka Hernan, Commanding Officer of Platoon 1, Larangan 2, Komite ng Probinsya 4, Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC). He also belongs to the Special Partisan Unit of the NPA which carries out high-profile assassination missions against government employees and innocent civilians particularly in the 3rd District of Masbate under the squad of Reynaldo Mollejon or ‘Ka RM’,” Calubaquib said.

The suspect has two standing warrants for murder dated March 14, 2022, and for violation of Republic Act 11479, the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, with both no bail recommended. He is now under the custody of PRO-5 to face the charges against him.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, authorities nabbed Najib Haron, 26, from Cavite; and Sumaya Saripada Dimatingcal, 32, from Lucena City, were arrested during a buy-bust in Barangay Poblacion, Talisay, Camarines Norte.

Seized from the suspects were 170 grams of shabu worth over PHP1 million.

The two, now under the custody of the Talisay police, and will be charged with the violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (PNA)


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