ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (April 20, 2018)

Published April 20, 2018, 6:32 PM

by Roel Tibay

Ex-detainee who completed rehab program nabbed anew in Caloocan buy-bust ops

A former detainee who just finished a rehabilitation program was arrested again during a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City, Thursday night.

Operatives from the city’s drug enforcement unit led by Senior Insp. Allan Hernandez arrested 46-year-old Valentin Baluyot alias “Waray,” vendor, of Barangay 32 in Maypajo.

Baluyot was targeted after an asset reported his involvement in illegal drug trade. He was also included in the drug watchlist, police said.

Initial investigation showed that Baluyot was arrested after he handed over three sachets of suspected shabu worth P500 to PO1 Darwin Navarette, who acted as poseur-buyer, along Lupa Street around 6 p.m.

According to PO1 Almario Fabito Jr., investigator on case, Baluyot was already detained in 2017 for violating Sections 12 and 15 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Baluyot told police that he returned to his illegal activity after he graduated from a rehabilitation program in December.

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

Over P20,000 worth of gadgets, accessories stolen by ‘Akyat Bahay Gang’ members in Tondo

Over P20,000 worth of gadgets and accessories were stolen by alleged members of the “Akyat Bahay Gang” in Tondo, Manila,Thursday.

Case investigator PO1 Julius Christopher Dela Cruz identified the suspects as Rommel Acuzar, 28, of Block 25 Lot 9, Paliparan, Dasmariñas, Cavite and Canlao Nazer, 25, a native of Marawi, residing at Pier 15, Baseco Street, Tondo, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim, identified as Danilo Angeles, 44, of 2779 Caloocan Street, Tondo, Manila, sought the help of patrolling policemen after being robbed by the two suspects.

Elements of the Jose Abad Santos Police Station then responded to the incident and conducted a follow-up operation on April 19 at around 10:30 p.m. which resulted in the arrest of the suspects.

Authorities recovered a Vivo cellular phone worth P12,000, two pieces of G-Shock watches worth P8,000 and a silver necklace worth P500 from the suspects. A .38 caliber loaded with five ammunition were also recovered.

Acuzar and Nazer, both currently under police custody, will face charges for robbery and violation of Republic Act10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act. (Hans Amancio)