ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Jan. 15, 2018)

Published January 15, 2018, 5:02 PM

by Francine Ciasico

Man included in drug watchlist shot by two masked men

A man reportedly included in the drug watchlist was injured after being shot by motorcycle-riding men in Caloocan City Monday morning, police said.

Case investigator John Ree Bello said Sarza Guillermo, 50, jobless, of Barangay 178, Caloocan City, suffered gunshot wounds in the head and left arm.

Initial investigation showed that Guillermo was standing on Quesombing Street when two masked men onboard a motorcycle fired shots toward him around 1 a.m.

A witness told police that the gunmen then sped off toward an unknown direction.

Residents in the area brought Guillermo to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he is currently recuperating.

Relatives of Guillermo said he was a good man and has no known enemy.

However, barangay watchmen told investigators that Guillermo was listed as a drug user in their drug watchlist.

Police are now checking if there was a closed-circuit television near the area to shed more light on the case. (Kate Javier)

Four suspects of New Year stabbing incident in QC surrender to police

Four alleged suspects of the New Year stabbing incident in Quezon City which killed two brothers and injured their two relatives, surrendered to the police over the weekend, fearing that the victims’ families might go after them.

Quezon City Police District director PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar presented to the media yesterday Royland Gallego, 34; Vicente Taboso, 26; Amante Plaza Jr., 28; and Aldin Plaza, 39, all residents of Barangay Payatas who surrendered Saturday to the District Special Operations Unit.

The four men admitted that they were among at least 15 men involved in the drinking spree brawl in the morning of January 1 which killed Hasim Sapad, 30, and his 17-year-old brother Sehaboden Lumna, and wounded Umair Abdulwahid, 28, and Khalid Sapad, 19.

On the earlier report, the two groups were having separate drinking sprees on New Year’s Eve in front of their residences along Camia Street in Barangay Payatas A.

Lumna accidentally stepped on the foot of one of the suspects which ignited a heated argument but was later pacified.

At around 3:30 a.m. on January 1, Gallego and the other suspects, with grudge against Lumna, approached the victims, and started to maul and stab them using broken beer bottles.

Abdulwahid and Khalid Sapad tried to pacify the suspects who were beating the two brothers but were also mauled and stabbed.

The two brothers were brought to the hospital but were declared dead after an hour.

According to Eleazar, the four men surrendered after receiving threats and fearing that the victims’ families might retaliate.

Two counts of murder and frustrated homicide were charged against the suspects.

However, the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office ruled that the case should undergo regular preliminary investigation since the incident already exceeded the arrest period.

Following the confession of the four men, Eleazar said a manhunt operation is being conducted to locate and arrest other suspects he named as Ronald Suterio, known as “Liit,” Bernard Busilan, and a still unidentified man. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Tricycle driver who refused to buy cigarette stabbed

An argument over a cigarette led to the stabbing of a 30-year-old tricycle driver in Sta. Cruz, Manila Sunday night.

The victim identified as 30-year-old Renato Lazaro, resident of Old Antipolo Street, remains confined at the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital after sustaining a stab wound in the abdomen.

Menwhile the suspect was identified as 24-year-old Jerry Rasara, who is still at large.

Investigation conducted by PO3 Ryan Pinaslang of the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 3 said the incident happened at 7:20 p.m. along Antipolo Street.

The suspect reportedly approached the victim and asked him to buy a cigarette, which the latter ignored.

The victim also said, “Ikaw ang may pasada, ako pa ang bibili,” which reportedly irked the suspect.

A heated argument ensued between the two which led to Rasara stabbing Lazaro.

Lazaro was immediately brought to the hospital and said he would no longer file a case against the suspect. (Jaimie Rose Aberia)