ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (June 11, 2018)

Published June 11, 2018, 6:54 PM

by Roel Tibay

Former drug surrenderer wounded after he was shot by still unknown man

A former drug surrenderer was injured after he was shot by still unidentified man in Malabon City Sunday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Edwin Mangahas, 39, vendor, of Acero Street in Malabon. He sustained gunshot wounds in his left arm.

Mangahas surrendered to police in July 2016 as part of “Oplan Tokhang,” said case investigator PO2 Rockymar Binayug.

Initial investigation showed that Mangahas was walking along Acero Street when a lone gunman appeared and shot him twice at around 12:50 p.m.

Despite being bloodied, Mangahas ran away and sought help from members of Police Community Precinct 4.

However, Mangahas told police that he did not recognize the gunman who managed to escape.

Mangahas was then brought to Caloocan City Medical Center where he is currently recuperating.

Senior. Insp. Dennis Javier, Malabon City police investigation chief, said they are now looking into Mangahas’ previous involvement in illegal drugs as the possible motive behind the incident.

Investigators are now checking if there was a closed-circuit television near the scene the footage of which could shed more light on the incident. (Kate Javier)

Two persons including teen busted in Caloocan drug sting

Two persons, including a teenager, were arrested during a sting conducted in Caloocan City Sunday night, a belated report said.

Arrested were identified as Bladdy Alamo, 46, jobless, of Malabon City and Grace Ocampo, 19, jobless, of Caloocan City.

Both were not included in the drug watchlist, said case investigator PO3 Arjay Terrado.

Anti-narcotics agents led by Senior Insp. Cecilio Tomas launched a buy-bust operation against Alamo after receiving information about his alleged involvement in illegal drug trade.

Alamo was then arrested after he handed over a sachet of suspected shabu worth P300 to an undercover cop along San Miguel Millionaire Street in Barangay 8 around 9:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Lopez, who was also allegedly transacting with Alamo was apprehended.

Seized from them were two more sachets of suspected shabu.

Appropriate charges will be filed against Alamo and Lopez for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Kate Javier)

Illegal drug peddler killed in an encounter with cops

An alleged illegal drug peddler was killed in an encounter with the police during a buy bust operation in Quezon City early Monday.

Supt. Giovanni Caliao, chief of Quezon City Police District-Cubao Police Station (PS-7) identified the slain suspect as Darwin Cunanan, a resident of Mother Ignacia Street, in Barangay Kaunlaran, Quezon City.

Investigators said Cunanan was known in selling drugs in his area.

Report showed that anti-narcotics operatives of PS-7 set a drug deal against Cunanan inside an apartelle an the corner of Aurora Boulevard and C. Benitez Street in Barangay Kaunlaran around 3:40 a.m.

An undercover police bought a P500 worth of shabu from the suspect.

When the poseur buyer introduced himself as a police and was about to arrest Cunanan, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot it out.

Back-up police officers fired back at Cunanan who was hit by gunshots on his body .

The suspect was rushed by the officers to Quezon Memorial Medical Center where he succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds on his body

Operatives were able to seize from the suspect a loaded Llama caliber .45 pistol, seven sachets of shabu, and the marked money. (Alexandria San Juan)

Police still acquiring CCTV footages to identify suspects who gypped octogenarian pf P1.5M

The Muntinlupa City Police are still in the process of acquiring Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage to identify the suspects who victimized an 80-year-old woman on June 11 carting away P1.5-million cash and undetermined amount of jewelry.

According to Muntinlupa City Police Senior Supt. Dionisio Bartolome, after acquiring the footage, they still have to examine if it captured the suspect or suspects and if it matches with the description given by the victim.

“We already have our persons of interest and that we would give immediate feedback if there are any matches,” he said.

Bartolome is hoping that the CCTV’s captured a clear view of the suspects to identify them easily. Aside from the bank, they also asked CCTV footage from the places where they met and where the victim was dropped off.

The victim, Mercedes Grindstaff. was first approached by an unidentified female in SM Bicutan, Taguig City. After which they headed to the BPI Bank in Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa City to withdraw money from her account.

After several minutes, the victim was dropped off by the suspects at Jollibee Molito Complex, Madrigal Business Park at which they instructed her to wait for them.

Bartolome added that the footage will also help them identify the plate number and the vehicle that was used by the suspects in perpetrating the crime.

Using the notorious ‘budol-budol’ scheme, the suspects were able to persuade the victim to withdraw P1.5 million from her account.

Personnel of the Muntinlupa City Police assisted the victim and conducted follow-up for the possible recovery of the loot and for the identification and arrest of the suspects but yielded negative results. (Dhel Nazario)