Death of a billionaire

THESE are the personalities and crimes that made the headlines for the year.

Cebu businessman killed

During the mid-half of the year, businessman Richard L. King, owner of the Crown Regency Group of Hotels, was shot dead inside Vital C Building along Sobrecary Street.

King was chairman and chief executive officer of J. King & Sons Co. Inc., developer of Crown Regency, Club Ultima and the City Suites Ramos Tower. He was also the founder and Director of Boracay Multiple Properties Inc.

Based on the police report, King, 57, was taking his dinner inside his office in the city after arriving Wednesday, when a man shot him with a .45 caliber pistol. The killer then walked to a parked motorcycle driven by another man.

The police report added that the victim was in the city to attend an event of his employees and was to go back home to Cebu City just two hours before he was gunned down.

Eight Toril cops relieved

On Sep. 18, eight police officers of the Intelligence Unit of the Toril Police Precinct were relieved of their posts as part of Special Investigation Task Group’s probe into the murder of a tricycle driver last Sept. 13.

Relieved from their post were Police Officer 2 (PO2) Ric John Borja, PO3 Catalino Jalalon, PO3 Rico Adlawan, PO2 Eugenio Mendez, SPO1 Jeremias Cunanan, PO2 Janwed Cagape, PO2 Jeffer Villegas and PO2 Bernardo Flauta, who all belonged to Toril Police Station.

“They were relieved administratively so they won’t influence the investigation of the Regional Internal Affairs Service and Regional Investigation Division,” SITG head Sr. Supt. Aaron Aquino said.

Another factor for the relief of the eight police officers is the fact that the residents already lost the trust and confidence of the police, particularly the whole intelligence unit, which counted PO1 Joeffer Villegas as a member.

Victim Manuel Coral had accused Villegas of beating him. The reported attack was caught on a CCTV of a funeral parlor in the area.

Drug protector?

Meanwhile, Danao Jr. instructed the Toril Police Precinct chief to file criminal and administrative case against his personnel who was tagged as a drug protector in the area.

The suspect, PO1 Luis Pantig Gabrinao was reported to have tipped off a drug pusher who in turn managed to evade the drug buy bust on the evening of Nov. 18. He was the operations head for Police Non-Commissioned Officer assigned in the precinct.

Cop mauled by 4 youths

The incident occurred at around 1 a.m. on Oct. 31 at the front gate of Ateneo de Davao Matina fronting the Matina Town Square, a multi-pub drink- and-dine facility in the city where the cop and his girlfriend and the group came from.

Reports said that PO2 Ritchi Paul Calago Lozano of San Pedro Police Precinct asked one Abdul Moamar Manalo not to vomit at the wall of the school. An irked Manalo punched him while his friends ganged up on the police officer.

One of the suspects even tried to grab his service firearm but Lozano held on to his gun.

As the PSSCC immediately radioed a mobile patrol to the scene of crime, the arriving policemen arrested the suspects identified as Abdul Moamar Manalo, Adzmin Bueno Kumayog, Harold Barambangan Tomawis, and Marson Jackson Reyes.

Dakudao scion arrested

A scion of a prominent family was arrested after being caught planting marijuana and carrying firearms at 2 p.m. last Oct. 15 in Dakudao Compound, Km. 6, Barangay San Antonio, Agdao District.

The suspect was identified as Santiago Jose Ebro Dakudao III, 56, resident of the area. The police served the search warrant and found in the Dakudao compound seven flowerpots containing 18 marijuana plants measuring four feet each.

Also recovered during the search were a KIA Sportage with plate number LGY-401, a Springfield .40 caliber pistol with serial number MB-205869, four magazines of .40 caliber bullets, 64 .40 caliber bullets, six empty shells of .40 caliber bullets and a smoke pipe.

Soldiers kill civilian “by mistake”

The soldiers who shot dead two civilians in Sitio Taytayan, Barangay Andap, New Bataan, Compostela Valley last Oct. 12 were relieved from their posts.

“They were transferred to the division headquarters for further investigation on Nov. 7,” said Lt. Vergel Lacambra, Civil Military Operations officer of 66th IB.

The report said the soldiers, who were on security patrol, shot the victims after mistaking them as members of the New People’s Army.

The victims were identified as Lando S. Dangasan, 40, and son Felix, 17, of Purok 7, Taytayan, Andap, who were shot because they were mistaken as members of the New People’s Army. The soldiers, however, were not identified by the military.

Youngest drug courier

Three underage drug couriers  were rescued in a buy-bust operation by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit inside a fast food chain of a shopping mall in Ecoland last June 25.

Sr. Supt. Joel C. Pernito said the two boys—aged 10 and 9 years old—and the 11-year-old girl were being used by big-time drug dealer he identified only as a certain Malik alias Dragon.

Pernito admitted that this kind of situation is quite alarming. He added that this was the first time he encountered children here in Davao City used as illegal drug couriers. He said this only happened in Metro Manila.

“The drug syndicates are now utilizing children to carry out their activities. These are all because they are capitalizing the legality that we cannot file charges against the youth offenders. I suggest the parents should strengthen their family bond and guide their children. Let’s go back to the basic [disciplinary action],” Pernito said

Cocaine bricks

On March 22 this year, authorities found around P300-million worth of cocaine bricks smuggled into the city through the container van at the Sumifru Wharf.

“The field examination of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 11 showed that the ceiling of the container van had 64 divisions but the PDEA was able to recover 24 so there are 41 missing,” said Duterte during his television program, “Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa.”

The contraband was hidden in the ceiling of the Maersk Sealand 40-footer container van number MWCU 6051422, which collapsed for still unknown reason.

The data of Bureau of Customs revealed that the container van came from Hong Kong, arrived in Davao on Jan. 8. and was transferred to the Sumifru compound on Mar 19. The container van would have shipped bananas for export to South Korea.

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