ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Oct. 1, 2018)

Published October 1, 2018, 8:42 PM

by Roel Tibay

4 ROTC officers reported for alleged hazing

A member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the Adamson University in Ermita, Manila filed a complaint against his four senior officers for alleged hazing.

In his statement before the General Assignment and Investigation Section (GAIS) of Manila Police District (MPD) on Saturday, 19-year-old Lemuel Lim Toribio of Taguig City claimed he and three others were tortured by their superiors in ROTC on Sept. 18.

Toribio said that they were called inside the ROTC office around 4 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. and they were then punished for violating the group’s secrecy code.

Because of the impact of the physical assault, the complainant sustained injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

Suspects were identified as Rich Bayani Gosiengtiao, Arnold Ryan, Patrice Ylla Solis, and Cherry Mae Tonido – all students and at legal age.

As of press time, the father of the complainant did not file any case yet as he would seek first an opinion from their legal counsel.

The police, in the meantime, took note of the information.

Last July, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a stronger anti-hazing law that bans and imposes harsher penalties on all forms of hazing following the death of University of Sto. Tomas (UST) law student Horacio “Atio” Castillo III during an initiation rite of Aegis Juris Fraternity in 2016. (Ria Fernandez)

11-year-old member of PH wushu team dies after falling from top bunk of bunk bed

An 11-year-old junior member of the Philippine wushu team died after he allegedly fell from the top bunk of a bunk bed in the athletes’ dorm at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila early Saturday morning.

The police identified the victim as Rastafari Daraliay, member of the Philippine Wushu Taolu Junior Athletes and resident of Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Johnsenth Gajo, 16, victim’s fellow junior athlete, told police that he was asleep at Room 8 of the Philippine Center for Sports Medicine Building at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex on P. Ocampo Street in Malate, Manila when he was awakened by a loud thud at around 3 a.m. on Sept. 29.

Gajo opened his phone’s flashlight to verify its cause and he was surprised to see the victim fell from the top bunk of a bunk bed and sprawled on the ground.

Upon checking, Gajo opened the room light and helped the victim to get back in the lower bunk of the bunk bed beside their co-athlete named Vincent and continued to sleep.

At around 5:45 a.m., of Sept. 29, Gajo was awakened when their co-athlete named Anton turned on the light in the room to prepare going to school. Then, he decided to transfer the victim into Anton’s bed so that the victim may rest better.

Hours later, the victim was found with his mouth frothing. Mark Lester, victim’s coathlete reported the incident to their senior co-athlete.

Daraliay was rushed to Adventist Medical Center but he was declared dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ramirez assured the victim’s family that they will conduct a proper investigation and they will extend assistance to the family of the national pool member.

“It is a sad incident which the agency will ensure does not happen on any of its facilities again,” PSC said.

Daraliay’s remains lie in state at the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. (Erma Edera)

Drug paraphernalia, mobile phone seized from 4 female detainees in QC

Some drug paraphernalia and a mobile phone were seized from four detainees of a female detention facility in Quezon City Police Station 8 over the weekend.

Quezon City Police District-Project 4 Police Station (PS-8) Commander, Superintendent Ophelio Concina Jr., identified the suspects as Jennylyn Manaois, 24; Jemma Matotte, 25; Jojie Mota, 51; and Abegail Adriano, 35; all detainees of PS-8.

According to Concina, they received an information about the alleged illegal drug pot session happening inside the female detention facility of PS-8, prompting them to conduct a surprise inspection.

Operatives of PS-8 Drug Enforcement Unit, Women and Children’s Protection Desk, and duty jailer facilitated the surprise inspection inside the station’s female detention facility which resulted in the recovery of three aluminum silver foil used as improvised tooter, two lighters, and a red android mobile phone.

Authorities immediately placed the involved detainees under investigation to gather information about the source of the seized evidences.

It appears that a visitor of one of the suspects sneaked in illegal drugs to the cell, Concina said.

The station commander added that all four women tested positive during the drug test.

Police are also looking into possible involvement of other detainees while further investigation is ongoing.

The four suspects were charged with violation of Section 12 and 14 of RA 9165 or illegal possesion of drug paraphernalia and pot session. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man stabbed to death in Caloocan

A manhunt is ongoing against three suspects after stabbing a man to death on Sunday morning in Caloocan City.

The incident occurred at around 9 a.m. at Barangay 164, Caloocan City.

A police report said the victim, Randy Torres, 32, resident of the area, was having a drinking spree with four others when a heated argument broke out.

The suspects then mauled and stabbed Torres repeatedly, leaving him dead with five stab wounds.

Police received a report from an undisclosed informant about the incident and were able to arrest Mark Dumaging, 26, construction worker, resident of the area.

Meanwhile, three of the suspects only identified as John Carab, Jesus Ramos, and Alvin Porlaje remain at large.

The cadaver of the victim was brought to Everlasting Funeral Homes for autopsy examination.

Further investigation and pursuit operations against the three remaining suspects are underway. (Minka Tiangco)

1.8M Korean won stolen from QC resident

About 1.8 million Korean won was allegedly stolen from a Quezon City resident after a suspected “akyat bahay” forcibly entered his condominium unit past noon on Sunday.

Victim John Xavier Francia, 29, of Bright Family Condominium in Barangay Laging Handa, reported the incident to the Kamuning Police Station (PS-10), police said.

Investigation showed that Francia left his unit and talked to his fiancée on the phone. However, when he returned, he discovered that the door knob of his unit was forcibly opened.

Francia immediately checked his cash box that was placed on top of his cabinet and discovered that his 1.8 million Korean won was missing.

Police said that there are no other trace of forced entry except on the damaged door knob where the police suspected a screw driver was used by the unidentified intruder.

The missing cash is estimated to be worth P80,000 while the cash box was turned over to the Quezon City Police Crime Laboratory for possible trace of fingerprint. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

2 siblings nabbed for illegal drugs

The San Juan City Police collared two siblings wanted for illegal drug charges in the city Sunday afternoon.

Armed with an arrest warrant issued by San Juan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 68 Judge Juvencio Gascon, San Juan City authorities conducted a manhunt operation against Benedict Bergonia, 33, and his younger brother John Elizardo Bergonia, 29, inside their shanty home at San Juan City Cemetery in Barangay West Crame.

The Bergonia brothers were listed as San Juan City Police’s Top 16 and Top 20 most wanted drug personalities, respectively.

The arrest took effect after the authorities’ week-long surveillance at the said neighborhood.

The two came back to visit their relatives after they migrated to Laguna in May 2018.

Previous court record showed that the two drug suspects posted bail when they were nabbed by San Juan City Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) operatives in an anti-illegal drug operations last October 11, 2015.

The older Bergonia was categorized as a pusher while the younger is a known drug user, police said.

The siblings are now detained temporarily at San Juan City police detention cell while waiting for the court’s commitment orders. (Hanah Tabios)