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

Published July 17, 2018, 4:52 PM

by Francine Ciasico

Significant shabu volume

At least P800,000 worth of shabu were seized from three notorious drug pushers during a sting in Caloocan City over the weekend.

In a report reaching National Capital Region Police Office Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, the arrested suspects were identified as of Daniel Cruz Antonio, 35, jobless, of Tondo, Manila; Julius Ceazar Nuñez Obias, 25, jobless, of Pasay City; and Julius Sucuaje Quirao, 27, jobless, of Pasay City.

Investigation disclosed that joint operatives from the regional and city police’s drug enforcement units launched an operation against the three men along Samson Road in Barangay 177 at about 5:35 p.m. Saturday.

Police said the undercover agent was able to purchase from the suspects three packs of shabu weighing about 120 grams and with an estimated street value of P816,000..

Upon arrest, the operatives seized another pack of suspected shabu with a total weight of 20 grams. Also recovered was a gray Nissan which was used by the suspects to deliver the drugs. Charges for violation of Sections 5 (Sale, Distribution and Transportation of Dangerous Drugs) and 11 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs) of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against the suspects. (Kate Javier)

Massage therapist nabbed in Mandaluyong

A massage therapist was apprehended after he allegedly touched the chest of his female client, an Australian national, in Mandaluyong City on Monday night.

Police identified the suspect as Glenn Gabino, 28, a therapist of Thai Royal Spa located on Boni Avenue. Meanwhile, the victim was a 28-year-old student.

Investigation showed that at 11:40 p.m., the Australian national went to the Thai Royal Spa in Mandaluyong to get a foot massage.

Gabino was the therapist assigned to the victim; nearing the end of the massage session ,Gabino groped her chest telling her that her chest needed to be massaged as it has “lactic acid.”

After that, Gabino allegedly fondled her bosom.

The Australian national then pushed his hands away and said: “That’s enough!”

The suspect allegedly laughed, saying: “It’s okay, ma’am…”

The victim then went out the spa and told his boyfriend about the incident.

Police arrested Gabino a few hours after the incident was reported to them. (Jel Santos)

2 Japanese nationals held

Two Japanese nationals were nabbed on Monday after one attempted to bribe authorities in exchange for the release of his companion who was caught with fake US dollar notes.

Southern Police District (SPD) Director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario Jr. and Makati City Police Chief Senior Supt. Rogelio Simon presented yesterday Noa Shimegi, 27, and Yoshitaka Yamamoto, 48 who were billeted at Unit 210 at Hop-In Hotel, Makati Avenue, Makati City.

Based on the complaint of Amalia Yamat, cashier of Emelda Money Changer located at Kalayaan Avenue corner Mariano St., Barangay Poblacion, Shimegi attempted to exchange 10 pieces of counterfeit US dollar bills.

During the initial investigation, Shimegi said that he just came out of his hotel room at around 2:45 p.m. on Monday when an unidentified Asian looking person asked him if he needed dollars.

He gave the person yen in exchange for 10 pieces of 100 US dollar notes.

Personnel from the PCP 6 of the Makati City Police conducted a follow-up operation at the hotel at about 7:00 p.m. to verify if the alleged Asian looking person was still in the area.

During the operation, Yamamoto approached the police and attempted to bribe them with P50,000 for the release of Shimegi from police custody. Yamamoto was also arrested for the act.

Based on the passport of the two, they arrived last July 15 from Narita, Japan.

A case for violation of Article 168 of the Revised Penal Code or the Illegal possession and use of false treasury or bank notes and other instruments of credit will be filed against Shimegi while a case for violation of Article 212 of the Revised Penal Code or the Corruption of public officials will be filed against Yamamoto. (Dhel Nazario)