BACOLOD City – A drinking binge turned fatal for a man in Barangay Culipapa, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental, a police report showed.
Edelberto “Hodhod” Baldesco Jr. – a fish vendor and native of Misamis Occidental – was shot dead around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Police identified the suspect as barangay tanod Edward Abugan, a resident of the village.
According to initial investigation, Albugan got mad with Baldesco while they were having a drinking spree with two other friends – the 44-year-old Romel Lopez and 47-year-old Joe Allan Gemong.
This prompted Albugan to shoot Baldesco, hitting the latter on the chest.
Police were still locating Albugan who fled after the shooting.
Banago drug suspect falls
Police arrested a newly identified drug suspect in Purok Langis, Barangay Banago.
The 31-year-old resident Eugene Sotto was nabbed in drug operation that officers from Police Station 3 staged around 1:36 a.m. on Thursday.
Recovered from Sotto’s possession were three sachets of suspected shabu and P5,000 cash, police said.
Sotto was detained in the lockup facility of Police Station 3 and facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Murder suspect caught
Charged with murder, a man was arrested at Hacienda Georgina in Barangay Iglauan, Murcia, Negros Occidental.
He was the 34-year-old resident Joel Tayco, a police report showed.
Tayco was caught on the strength of a warrant of arrest around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Judge Reynaldo Alon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental issued the warrant on Dec. 23, 2005, police said.
Tayco was detained at the Murcia police station lockup facility.
A P200,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty.
Man dies in house fire
A man died in a fire that razed several houses in Barangay 2, Bais City, Negros Oriental.
The 40-year-old resident Ben Enok was trapped inside the burning house owned by his father Victor, according to fire investigators.
It was the same house where the blaze originated, the investigators added.
Three other houses – owned by Leboy Zapanta, Flora Maputi and Arim Furtada – were totally damaged.
The fire started destroying the houses which were made of light materials around 12:57 a.m. on Aug. 7.
Responders from the Bureau of Fire Protection were able to put out the blaze at around 2 a.m. on the same day./PN