Charges filed vs motorcycle thieves

Charged were GR Alquever Lovino, Dexter Macalipat Maubin, and Bajuri Dimanalao, all residents of Kabacan, North Cotabato, and Saudi Kaisi from Cotabato City.

Lovino and Maubin were accused of taking away the motorcycle owned by Dominador Gatus, 24, of Tahran Subdivision, here, while it was parked outside Kamalig Restaurant, along Datu Ingkal St., around 9 p.m., Tuesday.

The two were arrested an hour after they took Gatus’ motorcycle.

Dimanalao and Kaisi, believed to be the ‘big bosses’ behind the carnapping incidents in North Cotabato, were arrested Wednesday dawn in Kabacan and Pikit towns, respectively, during the follow-up track down operations.

The four were charged with violating Presidential Decree 6539 or Anti-Carnapping Act of 1972 and Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

Still on illegal drugs, police operatives here led by Insp. Benjamin Mauricio of the city PNP intelligence and anti-vice unit, uprooted on Wednesday five marijuana hills planted at the center of a banana plantation in Barangay Upper Perez here.

Mauricio identified the suspected planter as Darwin Pagatpatan, 30, a farmer and resident of Barangay Upper Perez.

Darwin’s wife admitted to police authorities that her husband that planted the marijuana.

“But he would always tell me that the plants are herbs and good for the health,” Darwin’s wife told police.

Darwin was nowhere to be found.