Tag Archive: Pangasinan

Three men suspected of being involved in activities related to illegal drugs were found dead inside a tricycle in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Friday night, after being shot by still unidentified assailants, police said.

The fatalities have already been identified as driver Napoleon Paraan, 45, of Mangaldan; Reynaldo Martinez, 47, and Mamerto Penuliar Jr., 49, both of Sta. Barbara, Senior Insp. Ryan Manongdo, Pangasinan provincial police spokesman, said.

The three were found lying lifeless inside a tricycle along the road leading to Sitio Silungan, Brgy. Bonuan Binloc, around 9 p.m.

“Witnesses said they heard several gunshots in the area before they discovered the trio,” Manongdo said.

Responding policemen recovered a sachet of shabu inside the tricycle, he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the assailants’ identities and motive, but are looking at a possibility that the killings are related to illegal drug activities.

Sitio Silungan gained infamy after reports indicated that it is a haven for drug traffickers, Manongdo said.

Friday’s killings came two weeks after five men also suspected of engaging in illegal activities were stabbed and shot dead inside a hut in Bugallon town. (John Roson)

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Five men allegedly involved in criminal activities were found dead after being hacked and shot by still unidentified assailants in Bugallon, Pangasinan, early Saturday, police said.

Romel, 38, Jomer, 17, Ronald, 34, Ernesto, 49 – all surnamed Ramoran – and Albert Martinez, 25, were found dead inside a shanty beside the Grand Royale Subdivision in Brgy. Poblacion, Senior Insp. Ryan Manongdo, Pangasinan provincial police spokesman, said.

The five, all natives of Sual, were eating around 12:30 a.m. when they were killed by about 10 armed and bonnet-wearing men, Manongdo said.

Investigation indicated that the armed men first held the five at gunpoint, tied up the hands and feet of Jomer and Albert with plastic straps, then hacked the duo’s heads with a bladed instrument, he said.

“When Rommel, Ernesto, and Ronald attempted to fight back, they were shot on the different parts of the body. As a consequence, all victims died on the spot,” Manongdo said in a text message.

Responding policemen found 16 empty shells and five slugs of caliber-.45 pistols and 14 plastic straps at the scene. A fan knife and a cellphone were recovered from Rommel and Albert’s bodies, respectively.

Investigators are looking at a possibility that the killings are related to the victims’ alleged involvement in criminal activities.

Information gathered from the area indicated that the five were engaged in robbery (akyat-bahay), cattle rustling, and theft, Manongdo said.

It was also learned that Rommel had been convicted for a case of robbery with acts of lasciviousness but was granted parole last April, the provincial police spokesman added.

Members of the Bugallon Police are still conducting an “in-depth investigation” to determine the assailants’ identities, he said. (John Roson)

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Armed men shot Mayor Ruperto Martinez of Infanta, Pangasinan, inside his home Saturday afternoon, police said.

Martinez was inside his compound in Brgy. Cato around 2:30 p.m. when shot by still unidentified assailants, Ilocos regional police spokesman Supt. Jovencio Badua said.

The mayor was brought to the Sta. Cruz Hospital, but was declared dead on arrival by doctors, Badua said in a text message.

Local police are still investigating the incident, he said. (John Roson)

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15 provinces under election watchlist

Authorities have placed 15 provinces placed under a watchlist for possible violence in the upcoming midterm elections, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said.

In a press briefing, Roxas identified the provinces as Abra, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Masbate, Samar, Misamis Occidental, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.

The provinces, which are home to intense political rivalry, history of armed violence, loose firearms, and private armed groups, are like a “powder keg,” Roxas told reporters.

“Ang mga ito ang may pinaka-high risk na magkaroon ng karahasan,” he said.

More cops on duty, jails checked

Roxas said police task forces will be sent to each of the provinces to help policemen already assigned there in securing the elections.

Police officials that have relatives or classmates who will run for posts in those provinces will be transferred to other areas.

Roxas said jails in the 15 provinces will also undergo a “judicial audit” so authorities can keep tabs of prisoners during the election period.

“Ito’y dahil madalas sinasabi na ang mga preso pinapalabas para gumawa ng karahasan tapos ipapasok lang uli,” he said.

‘The heat is on’

Meanwhile, Roxas said police have already recorded 35 election-related incidents nationwide, including the 15 watchlisted provinces.

“Ngayon pa lang nagkakainitan na,” he said.

In Maguindanao alone, six government officials have already been killed and at four private armed groups were monitored, Deputy Dir. Gen. Alan Purisima, commander of the national police’s election Task Force SAFE, said.

Eighty-five barangays in the province are affected by “threat groups,” Purisima said.

Roxas said 60 active and 47 “potential” private armed groups are being monitored nationwide.

There are 25,065 “loose firearms,” or those in the hands of criminals and rebels, while there are 552,338 firearms whose licenses have not been renewed, he said.

“Kabilang ang mga ito sa mga baril na maaring magamit sa halalan,” he said.

MILF help welcome

Meanwhile, Roxas said he is “open” to suggestions that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which just signed a “framework” peace agreement with the government, be tapped to help secure the elections.

However, Roxas said he still has to consult Presidential Peace Adviser Sec. Teresita Deles and chief peace negotiator Marvic Leonen on the matter.

“You have to understand that there’s also been years of mistrust, gaps, but this could be a good confidence-building measure,” he said. (John Roson)

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Armed men shot dead a National Irrigation Administration (NIA) official in front of the agency’s office in Rosales, Pangasinan, early Wednesday, police said.

Ben Brigania, a NIA “watermaster,” expired while being treated at the Del Carmen Hospital for a bullet wound on the lower abdomen, Supt. Jovencio Badua, Ilocos regional police spokesman, said.

The shooting occurred around 7:35 a.m. while Brigania was sitting inside the waiting shed of the NIA office in Brgy. Tomana East.

Brigania had just signed on the NIA office guardhouse’s log book, when two men on a motorcycle passed by and shot him once, Badua said.

The assailants were seen fleeing towards the east after the shooting.

A companion brought Brigania to the hospital, but the latter expired around 8:35 a.m. (John Roson)

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Cop gunned down in Pangasinan

Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead a police officer in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, early Saturday.

SPO4 Anjuario Concepcion, assigned at the Urdaneta City Police Station, was brought by fellow policemen to the Sacred Heart Hospital but expired along the way, Ilocos regional police spokesman Supt. Jovencio Badua said.

The incident occurred around 5:15 a.m. while Concepcion was driving his motorcycle in Brgy. Nancayasan.

Two men on another motorcycle shot Concepcion several times, hitting him on the different parts of the body, Badua said.

Members of the Urdaneta City Police rushed to the scene and brought Concepcion to the hospital while others conducted a pursuit operation, but the assailants were already gone.

Investigators are still trying to determine the assailants identities and motive as of this writing. (John Roson)

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