ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Oct. 2, 2018)

Published October 2, 2018, 7:36 PM

by Roel Tibay

2 ambulant fish vendors nabbed in Caloocan

Two ambulant fish vendors were arrested by the police after they were identified as the men who hogtied and killed a 67-year-old housemaid inside a house in Quezon City, Monday at around 4p.m.

The maid had offered the two men water and food after allowing them to enter the kitchen, CCTV footage showed.

Two hours later, Quezon City policemen arrested them at the house of one of the suspects, in Caloocan.

Quezon City Police District Director, Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., yesterday identified the suspects as Charlie Valles, 45, a resident of Caloocan City, and Orlan Pineda, 38, of Nueva Ecija.

Initial investigation showed that the two suspects, vendors of fish and crab for five years already, frequent the house of the victim’s employer and their regular customer Angelita Angeles, 73, a retired professor of the University of the Philippines.

The victim, identified by the police as Leoncia Tupas, was employed by Angeles for two months now and also seemed to be familiar with the suspects, investigators said.

Chief Inspector Elmer Monsalve, head of the QCPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, said that the suspects, who are using illegal drugs, went to the house of Angeles along Matiyaga Street in Barangay Central at around 4 p.m.

Based on the clip of a nearby closed-circuit television, the two were apparently selling fish to the victims as one of the suspects was seen holding a blue pail.

Tupas was seen in a brief chat with the suspects at the gate before they entered the house, the police report said.

Through the house CCTV, Angeles said she saw the victim offer the suspects water and food after they entered the kitchen on the ground floor of the three-storey house. Angeles said she was praying at the prayer room also located in the same floor.

After her prayers, the house owner noticed that the suspects had left and when she went to the kitchen, she saw Tupas already lying lifeless and hogtied with pieces of cloth.

Angeles immediately texted her son, who then informed a friend living near his mother’s house.

After obtaining CCTV footages in the area, neighbors and even family members confirmed that they know the suspects resulting in a follow-up operation that led to the arrest of the duo at the house of Valles, one of the suspects, in Caloocan.

Seized from them were a brown coin purse with P7,000 cash that they took from the victim, and the two blue pails used as fish and crab containers that were also seen on the CCTV.

The arrested men admitted the crime but explained that the killing was unintended as they were just after the money.

They also confessed that they only kicked and punched the victim on her chest and body and were shocked when they noticed that the old woman was already dead.

Further investigation showed that the two also tried to search for more valuables at the second floor of the house but found nothing.

Monsalve added they are initially looking into asphyxia as the cause of death of Tupas as she was also gagged by a piece of cloth in her mouth.

The two suspects are now under police custody while facing charges for robbery with homicide and will be brought for inquest to the City Prosecutor’s Office. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man dies after being hit by PNR train in Makati

A man, who was allegedly drunk, died after being hit by a Philippine National Railway (PNR) train in Makati City on Tuesday morning.

Police only identified the victim as Daniel, 34, a street dweller. He was a native of Samar.

Initial investigation showed that at 9:36 a.m., Daniel got hit by the speeding train when he suddenly crossed the railroad track along Osmeña Highway in Barangay Bangkal, Makati.

The victim died on the spot, reports said.

Leo Palanon, a friend of the victim, said they had a drinking binge before the tragic accident.

He said Daniel suddenly crossed the railroad track as he was trying to avoid the clearing operation of the local government’s Department of Environmental Services (DES).

Investigators said PNR Train Marshall Valeriano Vicente Jr. did not give the police the name of the train driver. He cited PNR’s standard operating procedure for doing so.

Meanwhile, Vicente said that they will cooperate with the police probe. (Jel Santos)

Man hurt in accidental shooting in Caloocan

A man was injured after being accidentally shot in Caloocan City on Tuesday morning.

Police identified the victim as Danny Villareal, 36, scavenger, and a resident of Tambakan Street, Barangay 34, Maypajo, Caloocan City.

According to investigation, Villareal was sitting in front of a sari-sari store when he saw two men having a heated argument.

Suddenly, one of the two men drew a firearm of unknown caliber and aimed shots at the other man.

However, he accidentally hit the victim twice on his left arm.

The suspect, identified by police as CrisantoPatino, resident of Macabalo Street, Marulas A, Barangay 36, Caloocan City, then fled toward an unknown location and remains at large.

Villareal was brought to Caloocan City Medical Center for medical treatment.

Pursuit operation against the suspect is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)

17 packs of ‘shabu’ seized in Pasig

Pasig City police seized 17 packs of suspected “shabu” in two separate anti-illegal drug operations in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City early morning Tuesday.

Police report showed that at around 3:30a.m., the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of Pasig City PNP conducted the first buy-bust operation along Baltazar Street where suspect Danilo Torrecampo, 51, porter, was collared in a staged transaction.

The police recovered six packs of alleged “shabu” from the suspect’s possession and the P200 marked money.

Two hours later, the operatives from the same unit carried another operation at the same location and arrested Maritess Roxas, 37, jobless, on the spot.

The authorities confiscated eleven packs of suspected “shabu” including the P400 buy-bust money.

Police Senior Inspector Mariel Reyes of Pasig City PNP said the street value is yet to be identified as the evidences recovered are still at the Eastern Police District (EDP) Crime Laboratory for documentation.

Both suspects are now detained at Pasig City Central Police Station and are facing raps for violating Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Hanah Tabios)