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Laguna rape, rob-holdup case leads to arrest of drug suspect

November 20, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 781 views

ACTING on information supplied by two arrested suspects in a robbery-holdup and rape case involving two young students in Lumban, Laguna last November 11, local policemen have arrested a notorious drug dealer in the province who was tagged by the jailed men as their shabu supplier, the Journal Group learned on Sunday.

Laguna Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Randy Glenn G. Silvio said that suspect Hector Llamanzares, tagged as the 5th most wanted drug personality in the province and son Neil Ivan were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Bonifacio Street, Barangay Salac in Lumban on Saturday.

“The sting was launched after the arrested rape suspect confessed that he bought 10 grams of shabu from one alias ‘Hector’ in Bgy. Salac and consumed part of the drugs with his three co-accused,” said the official.

“He confessed that he and his cohorts sniffed shabu and drank liquor in his house before they committed the dastardly crime,” Silvio added.

A record check showed that Llamanzares was arrested on October 10, 2014 by members of the Lumban Municipal Police Station for alleged possession of prohibited drugs. He was then arrested in his house which was raided by the police on the strength of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 issued by Judge Agripino Morga.

On March 25, 2016, he was again arrested for a drug-related offense during a ‘One-Time, Big-Time’ anti-criminality operation launched by the Laguna police and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police.

In a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Jose Melencio C. Nartatez Jr., the Laguna police director said that Llamanzares and his son Neil Ivan, a ‘Bantay-Bayan’ member in their area were arrested while allegedly conspiring to sell P700 worth of shabu to an undercover officer.

Recovered from the possession of the two were seven heat-sealed plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and a marked P500 bill paid to them by a poseur.

The suspects will be facing charges for sale and possession of prohibited drugs under RA 9165.

Both have been reunited in jail with the suspects previously arrested in connection with the rape, robbery-holdup and physical injury cases in Bgy. Caliraya and Bgy. Lewin in Lumban around 10:30 p.m. last November 11.

Investigation showed that an 18-year old male student and his 17-year old female companion left Paete, Laguna on board a motorcycle around 9:30 p.m. of November 11.

After arriving in Caliraya Lake in Bgy. Caliraya 10 in the evening, the two were surprised by two men riding a tricycle who at gunpoint allegedly forced them to board the vehicle and divested them of their cellphones.

The suspects then allegedly brought the two in a secluded area in Bgy. Lewin which is about 2.5 kilometers away from where they found them and beat up the male student before raping the girl.

“The victims just played possum to stop the suspects from hurting them at will. When the suspects left, the victims started to look for help and later reached the Bgy. Lewin Hall where they were given first-aid by officials before being taken to the Lumban Rural Health Unit,” Col. Silvio said

Members of the Lumban police force recovered a broken rifle replica, the underwear of the rape victim and two pairs of slippers belonging to the victims at the scene.

The male victim later described the driver and his tricycle. A follow-up investigation led by Col. Silvo led in the identification and arrest of the suspects and the recovery of their getaway tricycle without glass in its sidecar as exactly described by the victims.

Barimbad, the tricycle driver was positively identified by the victims as one of their attackers and the man who raped the young girl. Col. Silvio said that during questioning, the suspect identified his cohort as Joseph de los Reyes who was subsequently arrested in his house in Bgy. Lewin.

The live-in partners of the two were also arrested when they tried to intervene in the course of the investigation and were later found to be in possession of the victims’ stolen mobile phones.

Barimbad was charged with robbery with rape and frustrated murder before the office of Laguna Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Rhonella Ulip-Layao.

The same suspect and delos Reyes were also charged with robbery-frustrated murder and violation of RA 9165 before the same prosecutor’s office. Their live-in partners identified as Arlene de Leon,40; and her sister Maria Rodelia,34, were charged for obstruction of justice.

Col. Silvio said that they have discovered that Barimbad has been arrested twice for violation of RA 9165 in Lumban and a robbery case in Lucena City.

On the other hand, delos Reyes was found to have relocated to Lumban after being involved in carnapping and theft incidents in Pangasinan.

Around 7 a.m. last November 13, Col. Silvio, joined by members of the Lumban Municipal Police Station headed by Captain Ed Richard Pacana and Laguna PPO officials, Majors Jameson Aguilar, Merben Bryan Lago and Edison Ouano conducted the follow-up operations in Bgys. Lewin and Caliraya which resulted in the arrest of the suspets.