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Police in 2 brothersa slay detained

Director General Arturo C. Lomibao,, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), yesterday placed under "restrictive custody" a police official who allegedly shot dead a referee of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and his brother over a traffic altercation on Christmas Day in Quezon City.

The suspect, Senior Inspector Michael Sanchez of the Central Police District, was also penalized with a 90-day preventive suspension by Director Marcelo S. Ele Jr., PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM).

Sanchez allegedly shot Froilan Jimeno, a PBL referee, and his brother Arnold during a traffic altercation along Gen. Luis St., Josefina Village in Novaliches, Quezon City at 10 a.m. last Dec. 25.

Armed with an armalite rifle, Sanchez pumped three bullets on Froilan while Arnold sustained a lone bullet wound in the head.

Ferdinand Jimeno, another brother of the victims, died from a heart attack after being informed of the incident.

Sanchez will be under the custody of the PNP Custodial Center to make sure that Sanchez will make himself available during court hearings while they await for the possible issuance of a warrant of arrest against him by the Quezon City Prosecutoras Office.

Last Dec. 28, Inquest Prosecutor Solivan Usman amended the complaints filed by the relatives of the Jimenos on two counts of homicide to double murder with homicide for the killing of the Froilan and Arnold and the death of Ferdinand. (Aris R. Ilagan)

PAGASA to update warning systems

In his presentation entitled, "2006 Plans and Programs in Brief," PAGASA officer-in-charge Dr. Graciano Yumul, Jr. said that starting this year, the state weather bureau will start rehabilitating its warning systems, particularly that of the Pampanga and Agno river basinsa flood warning systems.

PAGASA deputy director for Operations and Services Dr. Prisco Nilo added that this project, which is a collaborative effort between PAGASA and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is planned to begin on March this year and will end by April 2009. …

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