ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (April 6, 2018)

Published April 6, 2018, 8:13 PM

by Roel Tibay

3 men seeking financial aid from QC solon nabbed for syndicated estafa

Three men seeking for financial assistance at the office of a Quezon City congressmen were arrested after the staff found out that the documents they presented were fake.

Supt. Danilo Mendoza, chief of Talipapa Police Station (PS-3), identified the arrested personalities as Christopher Morales, 38, a resident of Barangay Central, Quezon City; Francisco Villanueva, 49, of Barangay Pasong Tamo, and Mark Lim, 39, of Diliman.

Prior to the incident, it appears that the men already went to the satellite office of Rep. Kit Belmonte in Barangay Tandang Sora on March 8 to seek financial assistance for a medication which was later approved wherein they received P3,000 cash each.

On Thursday, the group went again to the office for financial assistance and submitted fake medical certificates and certificates of indigency bearing different names.

The staff fortunately recognized the three men who were granted with the assistance last month prompting him to call for authorities.

The men were brought to PS-3 where they will be charged for syndicated estafa amounting to P9,000 and falsification of documents. (Alexandria San Juan)

Police still hunting gadget repair shop manager who stabbed to death his customer after argument

Police are still hunting a gadget repair shop manager who stabbed his customer after an argument between them when the latter failed to show his job order for claiming his laptop inside a mall in Quezon City yesterday afternoon.

Supt. Carlito Mantala, chief of Masambong Police Station (PS-2), today said the man he identified as Leo Laab, 43-year-old head technician of PC Home Service Center, and a resident of Tondo, Manila, is still at large.

Mantala said Laab’s customer, Geraldo Querijero, went to the suspect’s store at the fifth floor of SM North EDSA, Annex Building to claim his laptop which he brought to the store on March 8 for repair.

However, Laab refused to give the gadget to Lopez after he failed to bring his job order resulting in an argument between them.

At around 5:30 p.m. Lopez went back to the store where another altercation ensued between them.

According to PO3 Elario Wanawan, investigator on case, two other employees of the shop said they are busy repairing laptops when they heard the two arguing. The two men also saw Querijero flicked Laab’s arm prompting him to punch the victim on his chest.

Querijero, in return, threw bottled water at the face of the suspect. Laab got irked, pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed the victim on his body.

Duty security guards of the mall brought the victim to JP Sioson Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival due to nine stab wounds on his body.

Meanwhile, Laab, who was working for 18 years, managed to leave the mall premises and escaped.

Investigators were able to recover in the scene two 14-inch kitchen knives, one of which has a blood stain, and its paper casings.

Further investigation is underway while police officers are conducting hot pursuit against the suspect for his arrest. (Alexandria San Juan)

2 alleged drug peddlers arrested in drug buy-bust ops in Navotas 

Two alleged drug peddlers were nabbed during a buy-bust operation in Navotas City last night.

Elements from the city’s drug enforcement unit conducted a buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of Richard Santiago, 23, and Robert Oliveros, 36, both jobless and residents of Navotas City.

Senior Supt. Brent Madjaco, city police’s chief, said the two men were not included in the drug watchlist.

However, they were targeted after police received reports about their illegal activities, Madcajo added.

Around 10:15 p.m. on Baradero Street, Santiago and Oliveros were apprehended after they handed over a sachet of shabu worth P300 to the poseur-buyer.

The two men did not resist arrest and admitted their involvement in illegal drug trade, police said.

Upon frisking, three more sachets of suspected shabu were recovered from them.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (Kate Louise Javier)