ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (June 7, 2018)

Published June 7, 2018, 4:33 PM

by iManila Developer

Drug peddler slain

A notorious drug peddler was killed after he allegedly resisted arrest during a buy-bust operation in Caloocan City early Tuesday morning.

Gilbert Morales, 50, jobless, of Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang, died on the spot. He sustained gunshot wounds in the different parts of his body.

Superintendent Ferdinand Del Rosario, deputy chief for administration, said they received reports that Morales was allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the area.

The sting was conducted by joint operatives from the city’s drug enforcement unit and special operations unit in front of Morales’ house around 2 a.m.

However, Morales drew his gun after sensing that he was transacting with an undercover cop, prompting PO1 Bismark Sobera to retaliate.

Recovered from the scene were nine sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, FA revolver with ammunition, and at least five empty shells.

Morales was the fourth drug suspect killed in an alleged encounter with the Caloocan policemen since May 27.  (Kate Javier)

Cashier caught with stolen products

A lady cashier was placed behind bars after allegedly stealing makeup products inside the clothing store she was working for Wednesday night in Malate, Manila.

Police reports identified the suspect as Jamille Reyes, 23, of 253 Aldrin St., Kenko Village, Parañaque City.

Prior to her arrest, the suspect, who was a cashier at the Bench Boutique Harrison Plaza Branch located at A. Mabini St., Malate, Manila, was about to leave the store at around 8:45 p.m. when Kristine Monteverde, an in-house security guard, inspected the suspect’s belongings and noticed two seemingly brand-new make-up items inside her bag.

Upon failing to present any proof of purchase, the suspect was immediately apprehended by Monteverde and was brought to the Malate Police Station.

Authorities recovered one Bench lip tattoo worth P259 and an Auto Brow Pencil worth P159 from the suspect, who will face charges for Qualified Theft. (Hans Amancio)

Bag stolen from store is recovered 

A bag containing around P14,000 worth of accessories, perfume and cash were stolen from a 68-year-old woman inside her store Wednesday in Tondo, Manila, a nearby CCTV footage showed.

Case investigator PO2 Christian Khalid Ang identified the suspect as Mila delos Santos, 50, of 504 Francisco St., Barangay 104, Tondo, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that the complainant, identified as Erlinda Curañes, 68, of 600 Esguerra St. corner Franco St., Barangay 90, Tondo, Manila, was assisting her customers inside her sari-sari store on June 6 at around 3 p.m. when the suspect arrived.

The suspect then quickly stole the complainant’s black sling bag placed on top of a table inside the store, prompting the victim to shout and seek for help. The suspect, however, immediately ran,  carrying the stolen item.

After the incident, Curañes, with the help of personnel from the Pritil Police Community Precinct, then requested authorities from Barangay 83 to view a CCTV footage near the area.

After positively identifying the suspect, who reportedly faces a string of theft cases, authorities immediately conducted a follow-up operation which led to the arrest of the suspect.

Authorities recovered the sling bag containing a Versace perfume, a Citizen watch, a Lacoste watch and P2,000 worth of cash, with a total amount of P14,000 from the suspect, who is now under the custody of the Raxabago-Tondo Police Station. (Hans Amancio)

Restaurant robbers killed

Two motorcycle-riding men were killed in an encounter with police officers chasing them for allegedly robbing a restaurant in Quezon City Thursday night.

Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., director of the Quezon City Police District, described the yet to be identified suspects as in their late 20s and 30s, both wearing black jackets, black shirts, pants, and bonnet.

Police said that the two men were involved in a robbery incident in a restaurant along Scout Tobias, in Barangay Laging Handa.

According to one of the restaurant’s service crew, the suspects arrived at around 8:25 p.m. on board a black motorcycle without plate number, pulled out their handguns and declared the heist.

The men took a mobile phone and undetermined amount of cash inside the store before fleeing the scene.

The employee immediately reported the incident to nearby QCPD-Kamuning Police Station (PS-10), who relayed the information to their units.

Officers conducting ‘Oplan Sita’ along Roces Avenue, near Gate 1 of Amoranto Stadium in Barangay Paligsahan spotted and flagged down two men onboard a motorcycle who matched the description of the complainant.

However, instead of stopping at the checkpoint, the duo sped off towards Tomas Morato Street.

Operatives chased the suspects who alighted beside Amoranto Stadium and shot it out prompting policemen to retaliate.

The gunfight resulted in the death of the two suspects.

Authorities were able to recover from the suspects two caliber 38 revolvers, and the stolen mobile phone and cash from the victims.

Meanwhile, investigators are still verifying if the slain suspects were also involved in the previous robbery incidents in Quezon City last June 1.

On the first incident, the motorcycle-riding suspects forcibly took at gunpoint a brown handbag owned by a 44-year-old female accountant at the corner of F. Manalo Street and Judge Jimenez Streets in Barangay Pinagkaisahan around 12:25 p.m.

Two high-end mobile phones worth P35,000, and some credit cards were inside the bag of the victim who was about to attend a school activity with her family.

Seven hours later, four men on two motorcycles, entered a Japanese restaurant at the corner of Scout Tobias and Scout Lazcano in Barangay Laging Handa.

Suspects declared the heist and took at gunpoint the customers’ belongings, mobile phones, and cash worth more than P80,000. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)