Ex-convict killed, companion injured in shooting
An ex-convict was gunned down Tuesday by six unidentified suspects in a deadly incident that also critically injured his companion in Malabon City.
Police said Manuel Cruz, 59, of Navotas City, died on the spot due to multiple bullet wounds in the head and body. His companion Cris Villanueva is in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound in the abdomen.
Initial investigation disclosed that Cruz and Villanueva were on a motorcycle and about to leave a cockpit arena at Del Monte Avenue in Barangay Potrero when six men on three motorcycles shot them at around 5 p.m.
Case investigator PO2 Rockymar Binayug said Cruz, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, fell on the ground while Villanueva managed to speed off on board the motorcycle despite of his injury.
Villanueva left his motorcycle along Samson Road in Caloocan City and brought himself to the Manila Central University Hospital, according to authorities.
Two empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol, two empty shells of .9 mm pistol, and a deformed bullet from an unknown gun were recovered by authorities from the scene.
Witnesses reportedly claimed that the two victims had just won around P300,000 from bets. However, police said no such amount was recovered from the scene.
Reports disclosed that Cruz was detained on drug charges during 1990s while Villanueva was included in the drug watchlist of the Navotas City police. (Kate Javier)
5 injured in Taguig fire
Five people were injured, including four children, in a three-hour fire that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Taguig City.
Based on the initial investigation submitted to the Southern Police District (SPD), the victims were identified as Jeralyn Tinaga, 9, Arturo Sebial, 7, and his two younger siblings Aldrin, 5, and Frenlyn, 4, and Florenda dela Peña, 45.
SPD Spokesperson Supt. Jenny Tecson said four children suffered burns in their bodies while dela Peña suffered suffocation. They were all brought at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital for treatment.
Taguig City Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire started at around 5:36 p.m. at the house of certain Procto Santa Cruz of AFPRSDS Compound Staging in Barangay Western Bicutan, Taguig City.
Some residents claimed that prior to the fire, Santa Cruz was cooking rice from a stove using charcoal and left it unattended.
The residents added that a fire broke out immediately and spread to nearby houses which were all made of light materials, affecting 150 families.
Firefighters reportedly needed to use breathing apparatuses and oxygen tanks in entering the compound.
The fire was placed under control at about 8:22p.m. and the affected families were brought to the BLC covered court. (Jean Fernando)
Man stabbed while conversing with girlfriend
An 18-year-old man was critically injured after being stabbed by two men in Valenzuela City Wednesday night.
Mark Vin Ramas, 18, of Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City, was rushed to Pacific Global Hospital after sustaining multiple stabwounds in the body, police said.
Authorities arrested Jayson Malate, 26, of Valenzuela City while his cohort identified only as certain “Blady,” managed to escape.
Initial investigation showed that Ramas was having a conversation with his 17-year-old girlfriend along NPC Road in Barangay Ugong around 7:30 p.m when the suspects stabbed him.
Ramas was immediately brought to the hospital by his girlfriend while the suspects fled.
Responding policemen were eventually able to arrest Malate. (Kate Javier)