ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Feb. 19, 2018)

Published February 19, 2018, 5:08 PM

by Patrick Garcia

Drunk flower vendor stabbed to death by bar customer

A drunk flower vendor was stabbed to death by another bar customer over a heated argument in a stabbing incident in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

PO3 Michael Maraggun, investigator on the case, identified the victim as Mauro Binarao, 28, flower vendor, of 1410 Felina St., Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Based on the narration of witness Elena Banglay, 47, flower vendor, of No. 133 Dos Castillas St., Sta. Cruz, Manila, Binarao went to Cora’s Restobar and Coffee shop located at No. 1651 Dimasalang St., Sta. Cruz, Manila on February 18 for a few drinks.

The victim subsequently became intoxicated and got into a heated argument with another customer only identified as “Jonathan.” Witnesses, meanwhile, described him as around 5’4” to 5’5” in height, has fair complexion and a “red-lips” tattoo on the right side of his neck.

Infuriated by the drunk Binarao, “Jonathan” reportedly pulled out his hidden deadly weapon and stabbed the victim repeatedly.

After the incident, the suspect allegedly fled toward Felina St., Sta. Cruz, Manila with the weapon he used to kill the victim.

Binarao was rushed to Dr. Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center for immediate medical attention but was pronounced dead on arrival by an attending physician at around 6 a.m.

The suspect, reportedly a flower arranger at 1270-A Dos Castillas St. Sta. Cruz, Manila, remains at large as of this posting. (Hans Amancio)

Man arrested for breach of peace and possession of fake money

A man, initially confronted by the police for causing disturbance, was eventually arrested for possession of counterfeit money amounting to P15,000 Monday in San Miguel, Manila.

Police reports identified the suspect as 41-year-old vendor Anthony Uy of B3 L10 Mahogany St. Carmen Home Subdivision, San Pedro, Laguna.

Initial investigation revealed that a desk officer at C. Palanca Police Community Precinct (PCP) received a call from a troubled citizen on February 18 at around 3:30 p.m. regarding a disturbance along C. Palanca St., Barangay. 648, San Miguel, Manila apparently caused by Uy.

PO1 Gil Bryan Barsubia and PO1 Mark Henry Babida of C. Palanca PCP then proceeded to the given location and spotted Uy engaging in a heated argument with a barangay watchman identified as Banny Labay Sultan.27

Uy was arrested for breach of peace but arresting officers noticed and seized several counterfeit notes from him including nine pieces of P1,000 bills and 12 pieces of P500 bills with a total amount of P15,000.

Uy, who is now under police custody in Sta. Mesa Police Station, will face charges for violation of Republic Act 844 or Breach of Peace and R.A. 7653 Sec. 3 or Possession of Counterfeit Note or Coin. (Hans Amancio)

P30,000 worth of illegal drugs seized during buy-bust ops

Around P30,000 worth of suspected illegal drugs, including party drugs, were seized from a man and a half-Japanese woman during a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City on early this morning.

Authorities from the Caloocan police Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Yuki Rose Shibata, 24, jobless and Gillian Claude Villahermosa, 25, jobless. Both residents of Quezon City.

The two drug suspects reportedly supply party drugs in Caloocan, Makati, Quezon City, Pasay, and Taguig, according to Caloocan police chief Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo.

The information about Shibata and Villahermosa’s illegal activities were gathered from an arrested drug suspect who happened to be their friend, said case investigator PO1 Jomar Manalo.

Around 11 a.m. Monday, elements from Police Community Precinct 5 nabbed Tristan Beltran, 31, jobless. A bottle containing liquid ecstacy was seized from him on Zapote Street.

The team led by Sr. Inspector Allan Hernandez then conducted a buy-bust operation against Shibata and Villahermosa in front of a motel on Samson Road in Barangay 78 around 2:30 a.m.

Police arrested the two alleged drug pushers after they handed over a sachet of shabu worth P500 to PO1 Lester Alpecho who acted as poseur-buyer.

Recovered from them were a pouch containing two sachets of alleged shabu, a sachet containing three tablets of alleged ecstacy, two bottles of alleged liquid ecstacy, and drug paraphernalia.

Shibata admitted her involvement in illegal activities while Villahermosa denied the police’s claims.

Charges will be filed against the two drug suspects who are now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Louise Javier)

Drug pusher gunned down by motorcycle-riding men

An alleged drug pusher was gunned down while a 20-year-old nine-month pregnant woman was injured in the latest attack by motorcycle-riding men in Caloocan City yesterday morning.

Gilbert Estabilo, 46, tricycle driver, of Sunflower Street in Barangay 187, died on the spot after he sustained gunshot wounds in the chest and back.

Estabillo was known for his involvement in illegal drugs in the area. He was included in the barangay drug watchlist, according to North Caloocan police head Sr. Insp. Dennis Odtuhan.

On a CCTV footage, Estabilo was seen repairing his tricycle near his house when two men onboard a motorcycle arrived and shot him around 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old nine-month pregnant woman Jenilyn Calimlim who was walking near the area was hit by a stray bullet.

Calimlim was brought to Tala Medical Hospital where she is currently undergoing cesarean operation.

The suspects wearing helmets then sped off onboard their motorcycle without plate number.

In an interview, PCP 6 commander Chief Insp. Antonio Naag said Estabilo’s wife admitted that Estabilo went back to his illegal activities months after Estabilo surrendered to Oplan Tokhang.

Follow-up investigation is now underway. (Kate Louise Javier)