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ILLEGAL drugs charges were filed in court against a pharmacist for selling and and possessing nalbuphine hydrochloride or Nubain.

Ritz Villahermosa was arrested by police last March 3 in an entrapment operation in barangay Zapatera, Cebu City.

She was caught selling 100 ampules of Nubain to a poseur-buyer.

Also taken from her possession in her car were 1,100 ampules.

The 39-year-old resident of barangay Pakigne, Minglanilla, may have to languish in jail during the trial.

Prosecutors recommended bail of P200,000 bail for the charge of possession.

But selling illegal drugs is a non-bailiable offense, if the evidence is strong, under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act 9165).

Nubain, an injectable painkiller, was reclasassified by the Dangerous Drugs Board as a dangerous drug in 2010./REPORTER ADOR VINCENT S. MAYOL


AN OVERSEAS worker yesterday identified in court the alleged gunman in the killing of Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Ian Osorio.

Sergio Abala said Lyndon Horandoy, a barber, was one of two motorcycle-riding men who ambushed Osorio along Ma. Gochan Street in barangay Mambaling, Cebu City.

Abala, a resident of barangay Mambaling, said he was walking along the road when he saw Horandoy disembark from a motorcycle driven by the other accused Allan Sinogat.

In his testimony before Regional Trial Court Judge Sylvestre Maamo Jr. of Branch 17, Abala said Horandoy was wearing a “red plastic cap” on his head during the incident.

Sinogat, on the other hand, was wearing a “black plastic cap,” he said.

Abala said Horandoy then approached the right side of Osorio’s vehicle and fired twice at it.

“During the first shot, our eyes (with Horandoy) met,” he said.

When asked to identify the gunman, Abala stood from the witness stand, approached Horandoy and pointed at him.

Abala will be cross-examined by the defense on March 26.

Sinogat was arrested in July 2009 while Horandoy, a barber, was arrested last Aug. 30 in barangay Guba, Cebu City.

Police said Horandoy executed an extra-judicial confession owning up to the gunslaying.

Horanday told Cebu Daily News t the confession was made without the presence of a lawyer and that he was tortured by the police.

He said he was forced to sign a statement prepared by the police to hasten the resolution of the nearly 3-year-old case. The pretrial conference will be on Dec. 19./REPORTER ADOR VINCENT S. MAYOL


THE Kia Rio sedan allegedly used by Crips gang members in illegal activities was surrendered to the police Tuesday afternoon.

Consolacion Pacadar of sitio Taboada, Mambaling, and mother of one of the suspects arrested by the police brought her car with license plate YGD-234 to the City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO).

Pacadar said after the police informed her that her car was used in committing crimes, she voluntarily surrendered it.

“I surrendered it because my conscience is clear and I want my name cleared,” she said.

CIB chief Romeo Santander told reporters that they traced Pacadar’s car after one of the six arrested Crips gang members admitted that they used the car in drive-by shootings done by their buddies.

Pacadar said her son usually drives the vehicle but she knows that his friends also use it.

Mark Joseph Abellanosa, 18, of barangay Bulacao; Mario Camomot, 27, of barangay Lahgug; Nelgen Dacalos, 27, of Pardo; Ernesto Andog, 24 and two minors were arrested by police last Monday after they allegedly robbed passengers of a jeepney.

Dacalos, a former call center agent is facing frustrated murder charges and is out on bail.

Pacadar said she noticed that Camomot frequents their house.

She also said her car was sometimes used by another person.

“I know someone else was using it because my son was at home but the car was missing,” she said.

Santander said police are looking for a certain Kabang and Busyong whose names were given by one of the minors who were arrested./CORRESPONDENT CHITO O. ARAGON

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