ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (April 2, 2018)

Published April 2, 2018, 5:50 PM

by AJ Siytangco

3 trike drivers hunted for robbery

Three sidecar drivers are currently being hunted by police after allegedly stealing a Chinese businessman’s bag containing his passport, identification cards and other personal belongings in a robbery incident Sunday in Ermita, Manila.

The victim was identified as Jie Yang, a 29-year-old Chinese businessman from Xiaozhou Village, Guangzhou, China, SPO3 Geronimo Cadano of the Ermita police said.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim was waiting for a tricycle unit in front of 168 Mall in Binondo, Manila on April 1 at around 7 p.m. when the suspect riding his motorcycle-sidecar arrived.

The victim then asked the suspect to take him to the NAIA Terminal 3. However, upon traversing along P. Burgos near corner Ma. Orosa St. in Ermita, Manila, two other sidecar-riding suspects grabbed the victim’s cell phone and immediately fled.

The victim then got out of the sidecar he was riding in an attempt to chase the suspects, leaving his bag, containing his personal belongings, behind. Upon noticing the unattended bag, the driver of the first sidecar also reportedly fled, leaving the victim at the juncture.

Yang then sought the help from nearby people, who accompanied him to the Manila Police District.

Police authorities are currently searching for the suspects, who remain unidentified as of this writing. (Hans Amancio)

Man kills neighbor

A man was allegedly shot dead by his neighbor inside his house in Caloocan City on Saturday night, police reported Monday.

Elements from Caloocan City police arrested Regino Creencia Amogis Jr., of legal age, jobless, a day after he allegedly killed Henry Lozada, 38, jobless. Both are residents of Phase 8B in Barangay 176.

Initial investigation showed that Lozada was fixing an electrical connection in his house when a man barged in and shot him several times around 9:10 p.m.

A witness positively identified Amogis as the suspect. He was later nabbed inside his house on Sunday afternoon, said Caloocan police chief Sr. Supt. Restituto Arcangel.

Relatives of Lozada said the two men had dispute prior to the killing.

However, Amogis denied killing Lozada, police said.

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

Drug peddler nabbed

A sales agent who was an alleged drug peddler was nabbed in a buy-bust operation conducted in Caloocan City

Anti-narcotics operatives from the Caloocan police led by Sr. Inspector Allan Hernandez arrested 49-year-old Felipe Gajudo, of Barangay 181 in Caloocan City.

Gajudo became the target of a sting after barangay officials reported his involvement in illegal drugs, said case investigator SPO1 Ryan Escorial.

Gajudo was listed as pusher in the drug watch list, Escorial dded.

Around 11:45 p.m., Gajudo was then arrested after he handed over a sachet of shabu worth P500 to the police poseur-buyer along Virgo Street in Pangarap Village.

Upon frisking, another sachet of suspected shabu was also seized from him.

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

Motorcyclists gun down 2 men

Two men were gunned down by still unidentified gunmen in an Easter Sunday shooting incident in Quezon City.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District identified the two victims as Charlie Bugarin, 29, and Albert Urmaza, a 31-year old businessman, both residents of Cainta, Rizal.

A witness, came forward and said he saw two motorcycle-riding men
chasing another two men also riding a motorbike.

The witness told the police that the backrider of the tailing motorcycle then opened fire on the men in front of them, while a blue car appeared and blocked the victims.

The two gunmen immediately alighted from their motorcycle and shot the victims repeatedly.

One of the suspects directed the unknown occupants of the blue car to leave and , then he took the sling bag of one of the fallen victims and fled the scene.

The two victims died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds on their bodies.

Pieces of empty shells from a caliber 45 handgun were recovered from the crime scene. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)