ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (August 22, 2018)

Stray bullet injures flight engineer

A stray bullet hit and wounded a flight engineer who was drinking with his friends in Marikina City, Tuesday evening.

Police identified the victim as Dexter Macalinao, 37, married, and a resident of No. 18 Zamora Street, Barangay Parang in Marikina City.

Initial investigation showed that the victim, along with his companions Laura Parson, Lambert Pangyarihan, and Arman Revillas, were in the middle of a drinking session at Parson’s residence when the group heard a fire shot outside at around 10 p.m.

Minutes later, they noticed that a stray bullet hit Macalinao’s left lower leg.

The victim’s companions rushed him to Marikina Valley Medical Center for treatment and immediate confinement.

Authorities recovered from the scene a fired bullet from an unknown caliber of firearm that was submitted to the PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic examination while follow-up investigation is underway. (Hanah Tabios)

Senior, 16 others busted for drugs

Seventeen individuals, including a senior citizen, were arrested in a series of anti-illegal drug operations in Manila starting Monday evening.

Irene Ramos, 60, of Sampaloc, Manila was arrested by the police at 7:10 p.m. on August 21 for possession of illegal drugs.

Four sachets of shabu were recovered from Ramos and her three companions.

Eight others were arrested by in Sta. Cruz for the same case from 8:30 p.m. on August 20 to 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

Authorities also apprehended two persons in Binondo during a buy-bust operation yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, three suspects were arrested by elements of the Moriones police station for smoking marijuana two days ago.

All of them are now under police custody and will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

One die in chase of carnapped taxi

One of the three alleged carnappers who robbed a taxi driver and took away his cab died in an encounter with police officers who chased them in Quezon City late Tuesday night.

Superintendent Rossel Cejas, chief of the Quezon City Police Police District- Novaliches Police Station said the fatality has yet to be identified. He described him to be in his 40s, wearing white shirt and white shorts, with "Bat" tattooed on his left shoulder and tribal tattoo markings on his left wrist.

A report showed that the victim, Edgardo Montinola Jr., 60, was driving near a mall in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches past 11 p.m. when he was flagged down by two of the suspects who posed as passengers.

The two men instructed the taxi driver to fetch their friend first who was waiting along Forest Hills Drive in Barangay Gulod, only a kilometer away from their pick-up point.

Upon fetching the third suspect, the group asked the victim to drop them off to another mall in Fairview.

While still traversing along Forest Hills Drive, one of the men declared the heist and at gunpoint, took the belongings of the victim including his earnings.

Not contented with the loot, the group also forcibly pushed the victim outside of his cab and fled the scene.

Montinola immediately reported the incident to nearby Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) who conducted a follow-up operation against the suspects.

During the operation, PS-4 personnel spotted along Damong Maliit in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon a taxi cab that matched the description of Montinola with body markings VLD888 and bearing plate number UVE-665.

The cops tailed the vehicle, but when the suspects sensed that they were being followed, they sped off and fired at the chasing officers.

Pursuing policemen retaliated and were able to hit and kill one of the suspects who was sitting at the back of the car and firing at them.

Meanwhile, his two other companions were able to jump out of the cab and managed to escape.

A loaded caliber .38 Smith and Wesson revolver and was seized in possession of the suspect, while a sachet of shabu was also found in his left front pocket.

Police were also able to recover in the crime scene the stolen articles including Montinola's cab, his black wallet containing his identification cards, and his earnings amounting to P2,600 cash.

Cursory examination showed that the suspect died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds in his body.

He was brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory for autopsy while further investigation is underway.

A manhunt is also ongoing to identify and arrest the two other suspects. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

3 Chinese nationals arrested for kidnapping

Three Chinese nationals, who allegedly kidnapped a computer engineer, were nabbed by policemen in an entrapment operation in Makati City on Tuesday morning, a belated police report said.

The suspects were identified as Wana Ping, 46; Yuan Jun, 47; and He Ping, 45 – all booked at the City of Dreams in Paranaque City. Meanwhile, the victim was Chao Yu, 28, a resident of Barangay Pio Del Pilar.

Investigation revealed that at around 5 p.m. on Monday, Yu was taken by the three suspects from his unit at Laureano de Trevi Tower 3 in Makati City.

The live-in partner of Yu was allegedly asked by the suspects to produce P300,000 in exchange for his liberty.

At 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Makati police transacted with the abductors of Yu at the Laureano de Trevi, giving them P100,000 marked money.

After accepting the money, cops went out and apprehended the three suspects.

The three Chinese nationals, who are now held at the Makati police detention cell, will be charged with kidnap for ransom. (Jel Santos)

Grade 6 student nabbed after stealing a laptop

A grade six student was arrested Tuesday night after breaking into home, carting away a laptop at Barangay Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

The 17-year-old suspect identified as "CJ" was arrested by the Taguig City Police during a follow-up operation on the same evening on the complaint of Ramon Jamito, 59.

Investigation showed that the suspect entered the house of Ramon at 8:30 in the evening after he forcibly destroyed the doorknob.

Ramon then spotted the suspect who was about to bring with him a laptop worth P20,000 including one flash drive.

Upon seeing Ramon, the suspect brandished an ice pick he was carrying before running out of the house.

The complainant then sought assistance from the PCP 3 of the Taguig City Police that resulted to the arrest of the minor robber at 12:45 in the morning, yesterday. The stolen items were also recovered from him.

The suspect was then referred to the Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB) of the Taguig Police for proper investigation and disposition of the case. (Dhel Nazario)