ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Aug. 10, 2018)

Published August 10, 2018, 5:21 PM

by Francine Ciasico

Housemaid caught stealing P543K undergoing further investigation

A housemaid was suspected of stealing her employer’s money amounting to P543,000 after the victim’s son saw the suspect doing the act Thursday afternoon in a subdivision in Barangay Sto. Niño, Marikina City.

Rochelle Velasco, 38, single mother, was seen by the victim’s 11-year-old son destroying the cabinet of the master’bedroom at around 3:15p.m, Thursday. This after the victim, a businesswoman, and her husband left the house and went to Pasig City, leaving the suspect and their son at home.

When the suspect was caught by the son doing the act, she came in defense saying ,”Pinapakuha ng nanay mo.”

In a report submitted by the Marikina PNP, Velasco said someone called her informing that her employers were in the office and got involved in a traffic accident, needing the money she allegedly stole.

According to the police, the suspect hurriedly left the house after “getting the money” and came back a few hours after.

SPO3 Charles Pacquing Jr. of Marikina PNP on Friday said the suspect denied the allegation saying that the person who informed her about the incident asked to deliver the money at LRT Anonas Station in Quezon City.

The police then conducted a follow-up operation to review the CCTV footage in the area. Velasco, wearing a bag, was confirmed to have been at the station and was talking to an unidentified man.

The installed camera, however, failed to capture the alleged delivery of the money since the suspect and the unidentified man left the area. She is also uncooperative about the matter according to the police.

Velasco is currently under the custody of the Marikina PNP custody and will undergo further investigation. (Hanah Tabios)

Man snatches victim’s coin purse, nabbed; stolen items recovered

A woman was robbed by an alleged snatcher while going out of a drugstore at Greenfield District, Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City Friday.

The suspect, Roberto Madera, 43, suddenly snatched the victim’s red coin purse containing P20,000 worth of cash, ATM card, and an identification card while the victim is stepping out of a drugstore after she bought medicines early morning Friday.

Police said, the suspect tried to escape by running along EDSA and crossing the footbridge.

On-duty police officers noticed a suspicious person running along M. Domingo street and a witness managed to shout that the person is a snatcher.

The police recovered the snatched items and immediately arrested Madera. (Hanah Tabios)

P12.6M worth of shabu seized from 6 drug suspects during separate stings

An estimated P12.6 million worth of suspected shabu were seized from six drug suspects, including brothers, during separate stings in Tondo, Manila and Caloocan Friday morning.

First to fall at the hands of the Northern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit (NPD-DDEU) were Girlie Lopez, 38 and Leah Carpio, 34, both are jobless and residents of Tondo, Manila.

The team led by Senior. Insp. Cecilio Tomas hatched a buy-bust operation against the two women inside Lopez’s house on Antipolo Street around 2 a.m.

The operation was conducted after an informant reported about the suspects’ involvement in the illegal drug trade, according to NPD district Chief Supt. Gregorio Lim.

The two women were notorious drug pushers supplying illegal drugs in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela, Lim said.

During the transaction, an undercover cop reportedly bought 50 grams of shabu worth P5,000 from the suspects.

Police said they also recovered 19 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 950 grams and with an estimated value of P6,500,000 from the suspects.

An hour after, the same team also conducted a buy-bust operation against four others who were alleged cohorts of Lopez and Garcia.

They were identified as Lowie Lopez, 37; Reynaldo Lusterio, 30; and brothers Peter, 31 and Philip Mamangon, 34.

The four men were nabbed in Barangay 160, Libis Baesa, Caloocan for allegedly conspiring to sell sachet of shabu worth P5,000 to a police poseur-buyer.

Also recovered from the scene were six packs of suspected shabu weighing 850 grams with an estimated value of P6,150,000.

Lim said the six suspects were not included in the drug watchlist and have no criminal records.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are now being prepared against the suspects. (Kate Javier)

2 motorcycle thieves killed in encounter with police

Two alleged motorcycle thieves were killed in an encounter with police officers who spotted them dismantling an alleged stolen tricycle along a street in Quezon City, Friday morning.

Supt. Joel Villanueva, chief of Quezon City Police District-Batasan Police Station (PS-6), described the yet to be identified suspects to be in their early 30s, both wearing long-sleeved shirt, cap, and face mask.

Report showed that operatives of PS-6 are conducting a follow-up operation against a group of men dismantling an alleged stolen tricycle near a gasoline station on Payatas Road near Salcedo Street in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City.

Upon monitoring the site, authorities spotted four men actually dismantling a green tricycle with body number 667 and plate number XL 4985.

However, when police officers were about to approach the group, two of them drew their firearm and shot at the operatives resulting in a shootout.

Meanwhile, two of the four men immediately boarded their getaway motorcycle and fled toward Montalban, Rizal, leaving their companions behind.

The other two suspects who were engaging in a shootout with policemen eventually died due to multiple gunshot wounds on their bodies.

Police were able to recover from the crime scene a caliber .38 revolver, a caliber .32 revolver, two sachets of suspected shabu, the alleged stolen green tricycle, and a brown bag.

Bodies of the suspects were brought to the PNO Crime Laboratory while further investigation is underway to identify and arrest the other suspects. (Alexandria San Juan)