ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (August 16, 2018)

Published August 16, 2018, 2:51 PM

by Patrick Garcia

Rookie cop arrested in buy-bust operation and battery complaint

Joint operatives of the Southern Police District (SPD) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested a rookie police officer in a buy-bust operation Wednesday night that stemmed from the complaint of his wife who he was allegedly beating.

Authorities arrested PO1 Jeffrey Amador, a resident F. Providencia St. Barangay Central Signal, Taguig City. Amador was previously assigned to the Taguig City Police Station 1 in Western Bicutan.

The operation against PO1 Amador stemmed from the complaint of his wife, Michelle Amador, 22, who said that the police officer repeatedly beat her for no apparent reason. She added that she can no longer withstand her husband’s behavior.

She told the police that before her husband entered the force in December 2014, he was already hooked into drugs. Michelle was hopeful that Amador will change for the better once he entered the force.

Michelle reported to the NBI and filed a case against the cop before the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office on June 15 for physical and psychological abuse in relation to RA 9262 or the Violence Against Women and their Children Act.

The SPD has been monitoring the suspect even before his wife surfaced.

During the arrest, police recovered five sachets of shabu, a caliber .45 pistol, with five pieces of live ammunition. The suspect will be facing charges in violation RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition. (Dhel Nazario)

9 nabbed in a series of anti-illegal drug operations in Sampaloc

Nine persons were arrested in a series of anti-illegal drug operations in Sampaloc, Manila last Wednesday afternoon.

Among those caught was Nilo Galit, 34,a resident of Number 1030, Quezon Boulevard.

At 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Barangay Captain Ex-O Antonio Sebastian and Barangay Watchman Juanito Fandiniola of Barangay 466, Zone 6 tipped an information to the police about an on-going drug activity, involving Galit, along P. Noval corner J. Barlin Streets.

This eventually led to the suspect’s arrest, where one sachet of suspected “shabu” was recovered from him.

Also apprehended on the same day was Benjamin Ramos, also known as “Digon”, 43, and resident of Number 1564, Algeciras Street.

Ramos was included on the drug watchlist.

He was with two companions at the time of arrest.

Police seized three small packs believed to contain methamphetamine hydrochloride from them.

Meanwhile, the Manila Police District (MPD) reported the round-up of several individuals for violating laws and city ordinances
from 5 a.m. of August 15 until 5 a.m. Thursday.

Some 403 individuals were placed under police custiry in Raxabago, Sampaloc, Ermita, Sta. Ana, and Jose Abad.

Most of those were caught half-naked in public, drinking liquor outside, or breaking the smoking ban. (Ria Fernandez)

Two killed in buy-bust operations

Two alleged drug suspects were killed in police operations after they reportedly initiated a gun battle with authorities following separate buy-bust operations in Manila on Wednesday.

Operatives from the Moriones-Tondo Police Station 2 (PS-2) conducted a drug sting that targeted a certain “Ivan” at Parola Compound in Tondo at 11:20 p.m. on August 15. He was included in the drug watchlist and wanted for murder charges.

However, Ivan sensed he was being entrapped and resorted to drawing his gun and firing at the lawmen. Police retaliated, killing him on the spot.

Police recovered one sachet of suspected shabu, one handgun and P200 used as marked money and one blue sling bag.

Meanwhile, elements of Malate Police Station (PS-9) also conducted a buy-bust operation on Zapanta Street corner Pag-asa Street in Malate at about 12:30 a.m. on August 16 which resulted in an armed encounter and death of an alleged drug suspect identified as Adrian Acuzar.

Investigation showed that after the transaction, Acuzar drew his gun and fired at undercover police as he sensed the police team was moving in to arrest him.

Police gave chase and traded shots with the suspect. The suspect was declared dead on arrival at the Ospital ng Maynila.

Seized from the suspect were one unit of undetermined revolver, seven sachets of suspected shabu pieces and P400 used as marked money. (Erma Edera)

American found dead in Pasig City home

A foreign national was found dead inside a condominium in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Pasig City at around 11:30a.m.,Wednesday.

The victim was identified as Steven Coe Carson, 56, male, an American residing at Unit Room 416, 4th floor Building D, Oasis Condominium, Ortigas Avenue Extension, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Pasig City.

Police’s initial investigation showed that the victim’s churchmates Phoebe Florence San Juan and Danilo San Juan arrived at the place around the given time to visit the victim.

The two knocked at the unit several times as the victim did not respond. They asked for help from the maintenance personnel to ask assistance to forcibly open the door. They saw the victim’s lifeless naked body lying on the floor with blood coming from the mouth.

The Eastern Police District’s Scene of the Crime Operatives reported that Carson’s body bore no signs of injuries on the extremities. Carson’s churchmates told police the foreigner had a heart ailment.

The Pasig City Police Station has relayed the incident with the US Embassy. (Hanah Tabios)

Top 2 most wanted of Sta. Cruz busted

The top two most wanted person of Sta. Cruz Police Station was busted Wednesday afternoon.

Ryan Celis, 29, single, was along M. Hizon corner San Lazaro Streets in Sta. Cruz when he fell into the hands of police at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Judge Teresa P. Soriano of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 27 issued the Warrant of Arrest against the suspect.

Celis was charged for frustrated murder, where no bail was recommended, for attacking a man who denied him the chance to sing in a videoke during a drinking session, with a bolo knife along Quiricada Street in Tondo last September 6, 2016.

But prior to this, Police Senior Inspector Inocencio Richard Villanueva, head of the arresting team, said the suspect had already been involved in a series of similar cases since he was 14 years old.

In July, Sta. Cruz Police were also able to nab the station’s top one and top three most wanted persons.

The Manila Police District commended the cops behind this development, vowing to intensify more its anti-criminality operations. (Ria Fernandez)

EPD rounds up 689 for violations

The Eastern Police District rounded up 689 persons during an intensified anti-criminality campaign from 5 a.m. of Wednesday to early morning Thursday.

Among those arrested were 22 minors who were caught violating the curfew hours, while the rest were caught violating city ordinances such as drinking in public places, smoking in public, going out half-naked, among others.

The arrests were made in the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan. (Hanah Tabios)