The Regional Trial Court last week found Tacorda guilty of frustrated murder for the Aug. 10, 2016 slay attempt on Samuel Rojas, 56, an administrative aide at Viga Central Elementary School who was then alleged to be the number one drug pusher in the town.
According to the official report of the Virac police station, the victim, Samuel “Tamenz” Magtangob Besa Jr., 34, was on board his black Kawasaki Rouser with plate number EA-45715 bound for the family home at Salvacion at about 10:08 P.M. of Feb. 8, 2020 when one of two unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle shot him several times using a firearm of unknown caliber.
Three separate operations in support of special laws led to the apprehension of 10 persons who were caught in possession of illegally-caught fish and illegally-cut lumber last week.
Prior to his apprehension, he was included in the National Watchlist for Illegal Drugs (NWID) and ranked second in the Provincial Recalibrated Top 10 illegal drug personality/priority target of the province, the police stated.
Two fugitives from Catanduanes facing a combined 12 counts of rape before the Regional Trial Court in Virac have been arrested in Legazpi City and Bataan province recently.
Acting Governor Shirley Abundo said the incidents that occurred in December 2019 and just last Jan. 21, 2020 have caused fear among the people and affected the island’s image as a tourist destination.
Police in San Andres town arrested an abaca stripper last week who was facing a criminal charge of acts of lasciviousness committed years ago.
The provincial director’s action reportedly came just a day before a riding-in-tandem gunman fired at Caramoran councilor Zaldy Francisco Idanan, 57, while he was traveling to his home on board a motorcycle last Jan. 21, 2020.
A widow, Alferes had been the subject of a warrant of arrest issued by RTC Branch 43 Presiding Judge Lelu P. Contreras, for the crime of attempted rape, docketed under Criminal Case No. 3750 with recommended bail of P120,000.
Yet another man listed in the local police’s watch list of illegal drug personalities has been apprehended in a buy-bust operation.