ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (July 13, 2018)

Published July 13, 2018, 5:50 PM

by Francine Ciasico

Over P150K worth of shabu seized from six alleged new drug pushers

More than P150,000 worth of suspected shabu was seized from six alleged newly identified drug pushers during separate buy-bust operations conducted in Caloocan Wednesday night, a belated report said.

First to fall at the hands of the police was Soraida Lomondot, 33, jobless, of Guiguinto, Bulacan.

Anti-narcotics agents led by Senior.Insp.John David Chua launched an anti-drug operation against Lomondot after receiving information about her alleged involvement in the drug trade.

Around 7 p.m., Lomondot was arrested after she successfully sold P2,000 worth of suspected shabu to an undercover cop near a supermarket on Edsa, West Avenue in Quezon City.

Upon frisking, a pack of suspected shabu weighing 50 grams with street value of P150,000 was seized from her.

Three hours later, the same team nabbed Ronaldo Dela Cruz, 51, construction worker and Marean Lorena, 29, jobless, both residents of Caloocan.

Police said the two suspects conspired to sell four sachets of suspected shabu worth P200 in front of Dela Cruz’s house on Kawal Street.

Just an hour later, the team arrested three more drug suspects for allegedly conspiring to sell sachets of suspected shabu worth P300 along Ignacio Street in Baesa, Caloocan.

Police identified them as Edgardo Egusquiza, 36, tricycle driver; Aries Delasan, 24, jobless; and Jessron Ortisio, 38, construction worker.

Investigators said all arrested suspects were not included in the drug watchlist.

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

Suspected bag snatcher killed in encounter with SPD cops

A robbery-holdup suspect was killed in an encounter with members of the responding policemen after snatching the bag of a call center agent while his companion was able to elude arrest, early Friday in Parañaque City.

The Southern Police District (SPD) said the suspect who was killed in an encounter remains unidentified and his body was brought to a funeral parlor for possible identification of his relatives.

According to SPD spokesperson, Supt. Jenny Tecson, police report showed that prior to the encounter with two robbery suspects who were riding in tandem, Kimberly Flores,25, call center agent and a resident of 4012 Meiyen St., Park View Homes, Barangay Sun Valley, Parañaque City sought assistance to patrolling policemen who were conducting “Oplan Sita.”

Tecson said Flores upon seeing PO2 Mark Gil Fabricante and PO1 Christian Aaron Earl of Police Community Precint-2 who were conducting “Oplan Sita” immediately sought assistance claiming that she was walking along Sucat Road near the DPWH office in Barangay San Antonio when two men riding in tandem suddenly appeared and snatched her bag.

She said the lawmen immediately chased the suspects and when cornered at the corner of Sunrise St. and Fourth Estate, the back rider alighted from the motorcycle and fired at the approaching policemen.

The SPD spokesperson added that the lawmen fired back at the suspect who alighted from the motorcycle causing him to suffer several gunshot wounds in the body and died on the spot.

The other suspect, according to the police, managed to escape on board their motorcycle.

The police are now conducting hot pursuit operation against the other suspect.

Police recovered at the crime scene the shoulder bag of Flores containing cellphone, cash worth P500 and other personal belongings and the .38 paltik caliber revolver of the suspect. (Jean Fernando)

3 alleged vehicle thieves killed in shootout with QC police

Three alleged vehicle thieves were killed in an encounter with police officers chasing them after they stole a motorcycle at gunpoint in Quezon City Friday after midnight.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District said the slain suspects have yet to be identified but described them as in their 30s.

According to victim Marvin Bolo, 32, resident of Barangay Bungad, Quezon City, he was driving his pink and black motorcycle with “For Registration” plate along Matapang Street in Barangay Central around 11 p.m., Thursday.

Bolo said that three men on board a red motorcycle suddenly appeared and blocked his path.

One of the men wearing a blue sweatshirt and maong pants pointed a gun at him and forcibly took his motorcycle.

The suspect boarded his motorcycle then fled followed by his two other companions.

The victim immediately reported the incident to the police who alarmed other stations.

At about 12:30 a.m., Friday, personnel of QCPD Anti-Carnapping Unit set up a checkpoint along Payatas Road in Barangay Payatas when they spotted two motorcycles similar to the reported description of the stolen motorbike.

Authorities flagged down the three men but instead of stopping, the suspects sped off resulting in a brief chase.

When the men were cornered on Group 5 Road and Payatas Road, they engaged the police in a shootout resulting in their death.

Seized from the suspects were their red motorbike without plate number, Bolo’s stolen motorcycle, and three caliber .38 revolvers. (Alexandria San Juan)

OFW dies after undergoing abortion in motel room

An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has died after allegedly undergoing an abortion inside a motel room in Sta. Cruz, Manila, a belated police report said.

The victim, identified as Nelia Sotelo, 32, a native of Tarlac, used to work as a domestic helper in Dubai and just returned to the Philippines three days prior the incident, said case investigator SPO2 Donald Panaligan of the Manila Police District-Homicide Section.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim, along with her companion identified as Catherine San Jose, checked in at Hotel 99 in Room 526 since July 10 at around 1 p.m. for the procedure.

Police said the victim had reportedly booked for an appointment with the suspect identified as Luzviminda Tibay, 57, of Quiapo, Manila and had undergone the procedure on the same day.

The following day, San Jose went out of the hotel room at around 2:30 p.m. to buy lunch. Upon returning back, San Jose knocked on the door and asked the victim to open it for her but to no avail, prompting her to seek the help of a hotel staff.

San Jose then discovered the unconscious victim lying on the bathroom floor and profusely bleeding from her private part. With the help from the hotel staff and barangay officials, the victim was immediately rushed to Jose Reyes Memorial Center but was declared dead on arrival.

The victim reportedly died due to septic shock from induced abortion, attending physician Dr. Stephanie Donato said.

According to San Jose, the victim paid the suspect P10,000 for the procedure. Meanwhile, the suspect was arrested during a follow-up operation and will face charges for intentional abortion. (Hans Amancio)

3 college students nabbed for possessing marijuana

Three college students were nabbed after their professor caught them possessing dried marijuana leaves inside their classroom in Quezon City Thursday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as Jovan Gragasin, and Jaycrome Lapinig, both 18, and “Wil,” 17, all students of a college in Barangay Kaligayahan, Novaliches, Quezon City.

According to the report, “Wil” asked permission from his professor during their class to go out for a while and apparently met with Gragasin and Lapinig at around 5 p.m.

When “Wil” went back to his class, the professor noticed that he was holding a small plastic sachet which he put in his right pocket.

The suspecting professor verified the plastic sachet which turned out containing dried marijuana leaves, prompting him to immediately inform the school authorities.

After questioning, the minor admitted that the illegal drug was handed over to him by Gragasin and Lapinig who also yielded two sachets of marijuana leaves.

The three men were turned over to the police station for further investigation and proper disposition. (Alexandria San Juan)