• Wanted Ilocos Norte tanod nabbed in La Union

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    SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: A former barangay chief village guard wanted by the Ilocos Norte police for various crimes was arrested by members of the San Fernando City Police Station on Wednesday for wielding a gun in Barangay Catbangen in this city.

    PSupt Julius Suriben identified the wanted man as Judy Ibea, 45, a resident of Turod, Badoc, Ilocos Norte. He was reportedly drunk when apprehended.

    City Police Mobile Patrollers PO1s Romer Aldrin Abrigado and Earl Zamoranos arrested Ibea for possession of a caliber .45 pistol.

    Prior to his arrest, a female complainant identified only as “Osang,” a native of Sta. Cruz, Manila and currently renting a house in said barangay, sought the assistance of policemen at the Poro Point Junction after Ibea poked his gun on her.

    When Suriben conducted a background check with the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office, he found out that Ibea was a former chief village guard (tanod) and a Barangay Patrol member, who allegedly fled after being implicated in two high-profile shooting incidents in Ilocos Norte. He was also allegedly involved in illegal drug activities in the municipality of Badoc.

    The seized firearm will be subjected to ballistic examination at the Regional Crime Laboratory Office to determine if it was used in the Ilocos Norte shooting incidents.

    Ibea is currently detained in San Fernando City as criminal cases for grave threat and illegal possession of firearm (RA 10591) are being prepared against him.

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