SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Three abortionists were arrested in an entrapment operation in Barangay Poro here yesterday by joint operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-1 (CIDG-1) and the city police.

Senior Superintendent Angeles Genorga Jr, CIDG-1 regional chief, identified the suspects, all residents of Riverside in Barangay Poro, as Annabelle Gatchalian, 47; Evelyn Rupinta, 65; and Ronnie Gatchalian, 53, a security guard in an unnamed agency.

“The entrapment operation stemmed from complaints; they are well known abortionists and their illegal activities have become their source of livelihood,” Genorga said.

The operating team led by Chief Inspector Dennis Sumalileng confiscated from the suspects five “inducing” tablets, surgical gloves, an empty tablet mat of cytotec tablets and two P1, 000 bills.

The suspects were charged for ‘intentional abortion’ or violation of Article 156 of the Revised Penal Code. JUN ELIAS/