ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (July 30, 2018)

Cop threatens 2 minors, is relieved

A senior police officer assigned in Pasay City was relieved from his post today after threatening to kill two minors who at a sari-sari store.

National Capital Region Police Officer (NCRPO) Director, Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar immediately ordered the relief of SPO2 Randy Fortuna, assigned at Special Reaction Unit (SRU), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Pasay City Police Station.

Fortuna was arrested on Sunday at about 7 in the evening on Sunday at the premises of Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, shortly after the incident occurred.

"We are not tolerating any wrongdoing or bad behavior of any police officer," said Eleazar.

According to the investigation, the two victims were identified as "Jun-jun", a senior high school student, and Harold Godwin Villacruel, 18, a junior high school student, both residents of NCRPO Quartering building.

The two boys were at the sari-sari store in Building F, Southern Police District (SPD) Quartering building when Fortuna, under the influence of alcohol, arrived and aimed his firearm at Jun-jun's head.

During this, the suspect said "Gusto mong sumunod sa tatlong pinatay ko? |" he told Jun-Jun before hitting the kid on his right shoulder with the firearm.

Fortuna then ordered Jun-jun to run, leaving Villacruel behind. This time, the police officer aimed his firearm at Villacruel's chest and slapped him twice saying: "Ako lang ang siga dito, wala ng iba."

Villacruel went upstairs but continued shouting and said "Saan ka pupunta? Magsusumbong ka ba sa tatay mo? Gusto mo samahan pa kita at papatayin kita mismo sa harap ng tatay mo."

Jun-Jun on the other hand, told his mother who sought assistance from the duty sentinel SPO3 Noriel Meman who arrested Fortuna and confiscated his Glock 17 with 15 pieces of live ammunition.

He will be facing charges of Attempted Homicide and Slight Physical Injury in relation to Section 3, b, of RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. Aside from this, Fortuna will also be facing administrative charges.

Based also on background investigation, Fortuna previously faced a complaint of physical injury from his wife in relation to RA 9262 known as Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) and they have undergone marriage reconciliation program at Women and Children Protection Center in Camp Crame. (Dhel Nazario)

Back rider pays for fighting cops

A motorcycle back rider was killed in a gun fight with cops after he and his cohort attempted to elude a police checkpoint today in Barangay 201, Pasay City.

Police have yet to determine the identity of the man who was brought to the Pasay City General Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Members of the Kalayaan Police Community Precinct were conducting Oplan Sita at Merville Access Road near NHA Housing Brgy. 201, Pasay City.

Initial investigation showed that at 3:50 in the morning, the two men who were on board a motorcycle were flagged down by police at the said checkpoint.

The two instead of slowing down, ignored the law enforcers and refused to get checked. The police officers ran after them but the back rider of the motorcycle drew his firearm and shot at the pursuing lawmen.

The police personnel retaliated, hitting the back rider, while his cohort managed to escape. The man was then brought to the nearest hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. (Dhel Nazario)

Trike driver killed

A tricycle driver was killed while a vendor was injured in the latest attack perpetrated by motorcycle-riding men in the northern part of Caloocan City Sunday night.

Police identified the slain tricycle driver as Dennis Claro, 22, while the injured vendor was Amer Rodin Sultan, 29. Both are residents of Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang.

Claro was waiting for passengers along Phase 4 around 8:30 p.m. when two unidentified men onboard a motorcycle arrived.

The backrider then pulled out a gun and shot Claro in the body, causing his instant death.

Meanwhile, Sultan was hit by a stray bullet in his abdomen. He was rushed by relative to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he is now recuperating.

Five empty shells of caliber .45 pistol were recovered from the scene.

On Friday morning, another tricycle driver was gunned down by motorcycle-riding men in the same barangay.

Several tricycle drivers have been killed in the city, mostly drug suspects in Bagong Silang.

Superintendent Ferdinand Del Rosario, city police deputy for administration, earlier said they are looking into gang war between tricycle drivers as a possible motive behind shooting incidents in the area. (Kate Javier)



Cop nabbed with shabu

A police officer was nabbed after sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia were allegedly seized from him in Manila over the weekend.

Investigators of the Manila Police District identified the suspect as PO1 Reygie Celso, 38. He is currently assigned at the Southern Police District Mobile Force Batallion and a resident of Navotas City.

Celso was not included in the drug watchlist, said MPD-Station 1 commander Supt. Jay Dimaandal.

According to a report from the station, members of its' drug enforcement unit were conducting anti-criminality and law enforcement operations along Osorio Street in Tondo around 11:45 p.m. Saturday, when they saw Celso in civilian clothes and was acting "suspiciously."

The team approached Celso and upon frisking, he yielded a sachet of shabu and drug paraphernalia from Celso.

It was later discovered at the police station that Celso was a member of the Philippine National Police.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2022 will be filed against Celso. (Kate Javier)

3 robbers killed by cops

Three robbers were killed in an encounter with policemen chasing them while a motorist also died after he was hit by a stray bullet from the gun battle in Quezon City Mondaynight.

Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., director of the Quezon City Police District, said the three armed robbery suspects who have yet to be identified were wearing t-shirts, short pants and slippers, in their late 20s and early 30s.

Esquivel said the shootout erupted shortly after the three men robbed at gunpoint a woman standing along Del Monte Avenue in Barangay Damayang Lagi.

According to complainant Sharinah Idia, 33, she was waiting for a ride going to Fisher Mall at around 9 p.m. in front of a fast food restaurant along Del Monte Avenue when the suspects, on board an orange tricycle stopped in front of her.

The three men alighted and at gunpoint, forcibly took her shoulder bag and escaped the scene.

Meanwhile, operatives of QCPD Special Operations Unit were conducting anti-criminality operation near the area when they noticed the incident.

Authorities tailed the getaway vehicle of the suspects who stopped and alighted on the corner of Dr. P. Garcia Street and Panay Avenue.

However, when they were ordered to surrender, the three shot at the responding policemen which resulted in a gun battle.

Policemen who retaliated killed the two suspects on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds on his body.

The other suspect was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center after responding operatives saw that he was still breathing. He eventually succumbed to gunshot wounds on his body.

During the exchange of fires, a motorcycle rider identifed by the police as George Marcelino, 58, an employee of printing department of a newspaper, was hit by a stray bullet while passing by the area.

Marcelino was rushed to Capitol Medical Center where he died due to a gunshot wound on the right side portion of his body.

Meanwhile, the three suspects were positively identified by Idia as the same persons who robbed her belongings.

Police were able to recover from the suspects the stolen shoulder bag of the victim along with a caliber .45 pistol, a caliber .38 Armscor 202, a caliber .38 without serial number, and three sachets of dried marijuana leaves. (Alexandria San Juan)

Robber shot dead by cops

A notorious robber in Pasig, who had held up a Grab driver, was killed after he was shot several times by cops early Sunday morning.

Police identified the suspect as Efren Abrasado Jr. of Job St. Martinville, Manuyo 2, Las Piñas City. Meanwhile, the victim was identified as Antinio Alison, Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City.

Investigation showed that at 3:45 a.m., Ambrasado and his still unidentified cohort robbed Alison along C. Raymundo Ave. in Barangay Caniogan, Pasig.

At gunpoint, the alleged robbers took Alison’s money that he earned while working that day.

This happened only meters away from the Pasig police headquarters.

The Grab driver immediately told police about what happened to him.

Police chased the suspected robbers; however, one of them made good his escape.

When Ambrasado was cornered, he fired at cops, but missed.

Reports said the cops retaliated, shooting Ambrasado several times in the body. (Jel Santos)