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

Published May 30, 2018, 3:34 PM

by Francine Ciasico

Fire hits Taytay village

Several families were rendered homeless when a fire believed caused by unattended candle gutted houses in Purok 15 in Taytay , Rizal, Tuesday night.

No one was hurt in the one-hour blaze.

Report reaching the Rizal Tactical Operation Center showed that the fire occurred at Purok 15, Meralco Village in Barangay San Juan past 9 p.m., The fire reached the fourth alarm before being put out an hour later.

Firefighters said they had a hard time reaching Purok 15 because of narrow alleyways . It was gathered that some residents in the area had been using candles as their source of light. (Madelynne Dominguez)

5 injured as truck rams post

Five people were injured when a 10-wheeler truck rammed a Meralco post and hit an L300 van in Sumulong Highway in Antipolo, Wednesday morning

Police said one of the injured was the truck helper who was in a critical condition and undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital in Antipolo. The truck driver was thrown out due to the strong impact when the truck hit the Meralco post.

There were others injured but they were declared out of danger by the attending physicians.

Police said that the truck’s brake system malfunctioned , causing the vehicle to hit the post. Due to the strong impact ,the truck turned turtle and materials inside the truck were scattered in the area. (Madelynne Dominguez)

CCTV helps identify culprits

A high-end phone left unattended was stolen Tuesday inside a bingo center in Sta. Ana, Manila, a nearby CCTV footage showed.

Police reports said that the complainant, identified as Jennifer Torrefiel, 37, of 2372 Nickel St., San Andres Bukid, Manila, reportedly went to E-Bingo center located A. Francisco St., Sta. Ana, Manila, together with her friend, Maria Lerio Vidal, on May 29 at around 9 p.m. to play the electronic bingo machines.

Torrefiel then gave her phone to Vidal for safekeeping as they played. After playing, the two went down to the ground floor, leaving the phone on top of the machine unattended .

After realizing that her phone had been left behind,, the two went back to the machine to look for the gadget. The phone however was nowhere to be found, prompting Torrefiel to ask the manager of the E-Bingo center to view the CCTV footage placed near the area.

The CCTV footage showed the suspects identified as Bernadette Aranquiz, 38, and Randy Pascua, 39, both of No. 1921, F. Burgoz, Malate, Manila passing by the machine. The suspects then picked up the phone and immediately fled the area.

The victims then sought the help of officers from the Paco Police Community Precinct and showed a logbook bearing the suspects’ address to the officers, resulting in the arrest of the suspects.

Authorities failed to recover the stolen item, a Samsung A8 reportedly worth P35,000 from the suspects, who are currently under the custody at the Sta. Ana Police Station. (Hans Amancio)