ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 30, 2018)

Published March 30, 2018, 4:31 PM

by iManila Developer

Cadet engineer arrested for child abuse

A cadet engineer wanted for alleged child abuse was arrested Thursday in Sta. Ana, Manila.

SPO3 Ronald Santiago, case investigator, identified the suspect as Jonah Kim Zamora, 23, of 2336 H. Plaza Hugo, Sta. Ana, Manila.

Prior to his arrest, Zamora allegedly maltreated a minor in 2016, SPO3 Santiago said. However, his relation to the victim and the nature of the abuse were not disclosed.

A warrant of arrest was issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 48 in December 14, 2017 against Zamora.

Santiago reportedly received an information about Zamora’s whereabouts from a member of a Barangay Information Network, revealing that the suspect was frequently seen with his live-in partner on Zamora St. in Sta. Ana, Manila.

Elements of the Sta. Ana Police (MPD-PS9) immediately conducted a man-hunt police operation on March 29 at around 6:45 p.m. and apprehended the suspect upon spotting him.

Zamora is facing a case for violation of Republic Act. 7610 or Anti Child Abuse Law with a bail of P80,000 and is now under the custody of MPD-PS9. (Hans Amancio)

Two persons nabbed in drug buy-bust ops

Two persons, including a senior citizen, were nabbed in a buy-bust operation conducted in Caloocan City on Thursday night.

Anti-narcotics operatives from the Caloocan police arrested Erwin Lacaba, 32, construction worker, and Thelma Macabalo, 62, jobless. Both are residents of Caloocan City.

Senior Insp. Allan Hernandez, city’s drug enforcement unit head, said Lacaba was targeted after they received reports about his involvement in illegal drugs. Both arrested persons were not included in the drug watchlist.

Lacaba who was with Macabalo was then arrested after they handed over a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 to a police poseur-buyer along Bayani Street in Barangay 37.

Upon frisking, another sachet of suspected shabu was also taken from Macabalo, case investigator SPO1 Ryan Escorial said.

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

Man stabs police officer

A 21-year-old man stabbed a police officer after he joked that he will conduct a checkpoint on the suspect Thursday night in San Juan City.

Ten minutes after their small talk, Philip Tamayosa, 21, went back to the barangay hall of Barangay Salapan with a kitchen knife and stabbed PO2 Charlie Escala in different parts of the body, investigator SPO3 Luzvimindo Umali said.

Before this, the two had a small talk that irked Tamayosa.

Escala, a police assigned at Cubao Police Station, parked his motorcycle around 8:50 p.m. in front of the barangay hall when Tamayosa approached him and asked “Escala, anong balita (Escala, what’s up)?”

Escala replied with a joke, “I-checkpoint kita.” (I’ll conduct a checkpoint on you). Tamayosa took the joke badly and threatened the life of Escala then fled, the investigator said.

He went back to the barangay hall around 9 p.m. with a kitchen knife and stabbed Escala multiple times in the body, the investigator said. Escala sustained wounds in his right bicep and abdomen.

A witness, Francis Maano, and concerned citizens rushed Escala to UERM Hospital on Aurora Boulevard in Quezon City for treatment.

While Tamayosa was arrested by a barangay security officer who followed him to his house after the incident.

A case of frustrated murder is being prepared by the city police against Tamayosa. (Joviland Rita)

Two men nabbed for snatching mobile phone from teenage girl

Two men were arrested after snatching a mobile phone from a 15-year-old girl who just attended a mass in Quezon City, this Maundy Thursday.

Supt. Carlito Mantala, chief of Quezon City Police District-Masambong Police Station, identified the men as Emil Caporras, 21, of Barangay San Antonio, Quezon City, and Angelo Santos, 20, of Barangay Roxas, Quezon City.

According to the victim “Mira,” she just got out from the World of Hope church in Barangay Bungad at around 3 p.m. after attending a mass.

While walking, one of the men, later identified as Caporras, approached her and then immediately snatched the phone she was holding.

Caporras escaped the scene with Santos who acted as his lookout.

Police officers patrolling near the area noticed the commotion and chased the escaping men which eventually resulted in their arrest.

The stolen phone of the girl was recovered while they were brought to the police station facing charges for child abuse and robbery. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)