ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (June 17, 2018)

Published June 17, 2018, 6:24 PM

by Francine Ciasico

12 drug suspects arrested after they were caught having a pot session

Twelve drug suspects, including three teenagers, were nabbed after they were caught allegedly having pot sessions during separate anti-illegal drug operations in Caloocan City Sunday morning.

First to fall in the hands of the authorities were Dennis Mauricio, 32; Robert Villanueva, 36; Kristalyn Barlam, 20; Ryan Batchao, 19; and a 17-year-old boy.

Initial investigation showed that elements from Police Community Precinct (PCP) 6 received a call from a concerned citizen regarding an ongoing pot session along Santiago Street in Barangay 156 at about 2:15 a.m.

Responding cops went to the area where they saw the five suspects allegedly sniffing sachets of suspected shabu.

Seized from them were four sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

The concerned citizen’s report also led to the arrest of seven other three hours later..

Police identified them as Ricky Guadamore, 43; Marissa Escobar, 34; Junaid Macantood, 25; Nestor Flor Jr., 29; Hamdan Adato, 24; Jackielyn Montallana, 18; and Benjamin Guadamore.

They were arrested when cops also caught them allegedly having pot session along Phase 4B in Barangay 176. Two sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the scene, police said.

According to investigator PO1 Rafael Tuballas, all suspects admitted being drug users but denied selling illegal drugs.

Also, Tuballas said all of them were not included in the drug watchlist.

Appropriate charges will be filed against the 11 suspects while the 17-year-old boy will be turned over to the city social welfare for their custody. (Kate Javier)

Irish citizen jailed for series of traffic violations and alleged assault of responding officers

An Irish national was put behind bars for a series of traffic violations and for allegedly assaulting the responding officers Sunday in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Case investigator SPO1 Anthony Rivera identified the suspect as Jaime Andrew Dovine, 30, of UPH16 Flair Tower, North Reliance, Barangay Ilayan, Mandaluyong City.

Prior to his arrest, Dovine, who works as a call center trainer in Ortigas, was reportedly traversing a one-way street along Rizal Avenue in Manila on June 16 at around 10 a.m. when traffic enforcers from the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau flagged him down.

Dovine, however, attempted to dodge arrest by driving away his vehicle, a Mitsubishi Lancer with plate number PQH 534, toward a checkpoint along Soler corner T. Alonzo St. but was eventually tailed by the police.

Upon confrontation, Dovine, who was allegedly intoxicated, reportedly began to curse at the cops, prompting officers to apprehend him.

Dovine was then brought to the Manila Police District Headquarters (MPD-HQ) and was charged for violation of Article 4136 or Driving Without License and Article 151 or Alleged Resistance and Disobedience. But aside from the traffic violation charges, the suspect was also charged for alleged Direct Assault. Dovine, however, denies the accusation.

“I was held for two and a half hours on the roadside. There were about 20 of them. I swore a lot but how would I threaten them if there were 20 of them and one of me,” Dovine said.

Dovine, who is currently detained at the Manila Police District Headquarters, refused to seek help from the Irish Embassy in Manila and wished to sort his case on his own.

Meanwhile, SPO1 Rivera said that they already have reached out to the Irish Embassy to settle the suspect’s matters. (Hans Amancio)

Alleged drug pusher killed in shooting encounter with cops

An alleged drug pusher was killed after he shot it out with cops in a buy-bust operation by the Parañaque City Police yesterday in San Dionisio, Parañaque City.

The suspect was identified by police only as an alias “Boy Tattoo” who was between 28 and 30 years old, and was wearing a black shirt and blue shorts with white stripes.

The suspect’s unidentified cohort was able to escape on board a motorcycle.

Initial investigation revealed that the incident occurred at around 5 a.m. yesterday at the back of SM Sucat in San Dionisio, Parañaque City.

Anti-narcotics police led by Police Senior Insp. Antony Lising conducted a buy bust operation against Boy Tattoo wherein one of the police officers acted as poseur buyer and purchased P1.000 worth of shabu from the suspects.

The suspects sensed that they were transacting with police operatives prompting Boy Tattoo to pull out his caliber.38 revolver and fired at the law enforcers. They were able to take cover and fire back hitting the suspect who died on the spot.

Police are now conducting follow-up operations to arrest the suspect’s cohort. (Dhel Nazario)