ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 31, 2018)

Published March 31, 2018, 4:06 PM

by Francine Ciasico

Black Saturday fire; 2 families affected

A fire razed a residential area in Tondo, Manila, during the wee hours of Black Saturday, destroying around P100,000 worth of properties.

The fire started around 1:25 a.m. on March 31 in a residential area along Ma. Guizon Street, Tondo, Manila,, said arson investigator SFO2 Armando Baldillo.

The fire of still unknown origin started at the mid portion of the ground floor of House No. 783 Interior 2, Ma. Guizon St., Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila, a two-storey house owned by a 73-year-old widow identified as Jose Cruz.

The fire reached 2nd alarm by 1:51 a.m. and by 2:41 a.m., fire officials declared fire out.

the fire affected two families.

No casualties or injured were reported as of this writing. Investigators are still finding out the cause of the fire. (Hans Amancio)

7 drug personalities

Illegal drugs worth P40,000 were seized from seven drug personalities during a buy-bust in Quezon City on Good Friday night.

Superintendent Rossel Cejas, chief of Batasan Police Station (PS-6), identified the arrested drug suspects as Irene Corado, known as “Manang Inday,” 30; Randy Flagne, 36; Rexie Lapad, 34; Ruel Abod, 27; Walter Acot, 30; Joana Marie Abilgos, 28; all residents of Barangay Payatas; and Manuelito Baldavilla, 40, of Montalban, Rizal.

Police said that Corado and Flagne were live-in partners who were both known as drug peddlers in their area, while Lapad was included in the police drug watch list.

Joint operatives of the PS-6 Drug Enforcement Unit and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a drug sting against the couple at around 8:30 p.m. at Lupang Pangako in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.

Upon dealing with a undercover police operatives, suspects were eventually arrested by the arresting officers.

Meanwhile, the five other persons were chanced upon by the authorities inside the couple’s house while sniffing shabu.

Police seized from the group 18 sachets of shabu with estimated street value of P40,000, some drug paraphernalia, and the marked money.

Arrested personalities were detained at PS-6 while drug-related charges will be filed against them. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

​Construction worker with gun

A construction worker was nabbed after a gun was seized from him inside a cemetery in Malabon City Friday night.

Police arrested 42-year-old Norgie Hipolito inside Tugatog Public Cemetery around 6:30 p.m.

Initial investigation showed that a concerned citizen, who asked for anonymity, reported to the police about a man with a gun tucked in his waist.

Responding policemen from Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4 caught the man later identified as Hipolito.

Upon frisking, a caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition was seized from Hipolito

Police are yet to determine if Hipolito had previous criminal records.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or Comprehensive Law of Firearms and Ammunition will be filed against Hipolito. (Kate Javier)

Woman kills partner

A woman killed her partner after she was accused of having an affair with another man in Caloocan City early Saturday morning, police said.

Marlon Regodon, 30, jobless, died after he was stabbed in the left side of the body by his own live-in partner Regine Figueroa, 26, jobless.

Initial investigation showed that Figueroa stabbed Regodon after she was punched by the latter during a heated argument inside their house around 8 p.m.

The argument started when Figueroa went home and her partner accused her of having an affair with another man, said case investigator PO1 Dorald Cuyangoan.

“He gave me a knife and asked me to kill him,” Figueroa recalled.

The man was rushed to Caloocan City Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, Figueroa’s father reported the incident to the barangay officials who nabbed her.

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

5 held for illegal cockfighting

While others were out praying on Good Friday, these five individuals in Makati City were nabbed by police after they were caught engaged in illegal cockfighting.

Arrested by authorities were Benjamin Galzote, 43, of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Makati; Jonh Carlo Galzote, 24, a resident of the South Cemetery; Alex Tañaco, 35, of Claveria, Masbate; Larry Dawal, 39, of San Antonio Village, Makati CIty and Diego Vinarao, 61, of Ilagan City.

Police arrested them after they were caught engaged in illegal cockfighting along Pasong Tirad corner Davila St. Barangay Tejeros, Makati City.

Investigation showed that the local village chief Teresita Brillante phoned the Makati City Police regarding the ongoing “tupada” or illegal cockfighting in her area.

Authorities recovered from the suspects P2,000 worth of gambling money, and five live fighting cocks.

Suspects will be charged with violation of PD 1602, Prescribing Stiffer Penalties on Illegal Gambling.