ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Oct. 6, 2018)

Published October 6, 2018, 6:09 PM

by Patrick Garcia

SPD arrests 150 persons during 2-day district-wide police ops

The Southern Police District (SPD) arrested a total of 150 persons, recovering 300 grams of shabu, a kilo of marijuana, 41 firearms, and five bladed weapons during district-wide simultaneous police operations from October 5 to 6 in the Southern Metro.

SPD Director Police Senior Supt. Eliseo Cruz presented yesterday the result of the two-day operations at the SPD Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

According to Cruz, the operation was made possible through the different units of the SPD to step up efforts in the campaign against drug personalities, most wanted persons and all forms of criminality, focusing on quality outputs over quantity.

“The initiative aims to intensify the reduction of crimes in hotspot areas and notorious criminals by focusing on the serving of warrant of arrest, implementation of search warrants and buy-bust operations,” Cruz said.

The operation resulted in the apprehension of 150 people, 51 were served search warrants, 44 from buy-bust operations, seven most wanted persons, and 48 other wanted personalities.

They also recovered 324 sachets of shabu, and more than a kilo of marijuana as well as confiscated a total of 41 firearms and five bladed weapons.

Cruz said apprehended persons with standing arrest warrants shall be turned over to the court of origin. Other arrested persons will be subjected to inquest proceedings while recovered items will be brought to the respective stations for proper disposition.

“This district-wide simultaneous police operation seemingly gained a positive result which is projected to favorably contribute to the decline of crimes within the SPD area of responsibility,” he added. (Dhel Nazario)

Former cop who raped his daughter nabbed

Solano Police Top 6 Most Wanted and former cop accused of raping his daughter was arrested in Manila last Friday evening.

Elements of Manila Police District Police Intelligence Operations Office Unit (DPIOU) and Solano Police Station in Nueva Vizcaya collared the 52-year-old suspect, who was a member of Ifugao Police Provincial Office (PPO), after hiding for several years during a joint operation at Baseco Compound, Ermita, Manila at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 5.

The suspect is facing sexual assault and rape charges based on the warrant of arrest issued by a Bayombong court in July 2009. (Ria Fernandez)


Pedestrian dies after being hit by speeding truck in Malabon

A man was killed after being hit on C4 road in Malabon City on Friday morning.

Investigation showed that the victim, who police identified as George Pachoco, 58, native of Hinabangan, Samar, resident of the area, was crossing the street.

Then, a Mistubishi Canter Dropside Truck driven by Charlou Española, 32, native of Masbate, Bicol, resident of Barangay Bitungol, Norzagaray, Bulacan sped off on the road, hitting the victim.

The victim’s head landed hard on the pavement.

He was rushed by responding members of the Malabon Rescue Team of the Malabon Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office to Tondo Medical Center.

However, he was declared dead on arrival by attending physician Roberto Carlo Atienza.

Española’s license was confiscated. A case of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide will be filed against him.

Further investigation is underway. (Minka Tiangco)

Fire razes house of OPM singer Coritha 

The house of OPM singer Coritha in Quezon City was razed by a fire before dawn Saturday.

Fire Insp. Rosendo Cabillan of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Quezon City said the house owned by the family of Socorro Avelino, Coritha’s real name, was hit by a fire around 2:18 a.m.

Initial investigation showed that the blaze started at one of the bedrooms of the one-story old house located on Scout Ybardolaza in Barangay Sacred Heart.

The fire quickly escalated to second alarm at 2:30 a.m. and lasted for an hour before it was declared fire out at 3:19 a.m.

The 40-year-old house along with some of Coritha’s music recordings were burned down, report said.

There were no injuries reported during the incident but the fire damage was estimated at P80,000.

Fire probers have yet to identify the cause of the fire while further investigation is ongoing. (Alexandria San Juan)

Security guard wounded after gun accident in CR

A security guard was injured after being accidentally shot by his own firearm in Valenzuela City on Friday before dawn.

Police identified the victim as Vryian Samar, 30, native of Libertad, Antique, resident of F. Santiago Street, Parade, Valenzuela City.

Investigation showed that Samar was on duty at a compound on F. Santiago Street, Parade, Valenzuela City and was inside the comfort room during the incident.

After doing his business, he grabbed his caliber .38 revolver from his holster on his lowered pants and accidentally dropped it.

Upon hitting the floor, the firearm fired once, hitting the victim on his right leg.

Samar was rushed to Valenzuela Medical Center for medical treatment, and the incident was reported to barangay officials who later relayed the report to the police.

The recovered firearm will be submitted to Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office for ballistic examination.

Investigation is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)

Two motorcycle-riding men killed in shootout with cops

Two motorcycle-riding men were killed in an encounter with policemen a few hours after they allegedly stole the firearm of a security guard in Quezon City past midnight on Saturday.

Police only identified one of the fatalities as a certian “Delfin,” believed to be in his late 30s, wearing a gray t-shirt, short pants, a helmet and a sputnik and resulta RUFO32 tattoos.

While the other unidentified cohort was described to be in his late 20s wearing a black t-shirt, red short pants, a black bonnet and a sputnik tattoo on his back and Leonard on his left forearm.

Investigation showed that at around 11:50 p.m. on Friday, the police received a call from a concerned citizen about the suspicious presence of four motorcycle-riding men along Austria Street in Novaliches.

Elements of PS-4 led by Chief Insp. Marlo Barruga arrived at the area at around 12:15 a.m. where they saw the four men.

However, the suspects fired shots at the policemen, prompting the cops to retaliate, resulting in a brief shootout, police said.

The policemen were able to hit the duo where they sustained multiple gunshot wounds that resulted in their instantaneous death.

Meanwhile, the two other cohorts of the suspects were able to escape after speeding toward Gen. Luis Street.

Prior to the encounter, an incident of robbery at the gate 3 of Greenfields Subdivision on Alejandro Street, Barangay San Agustin in Novaliches was reported at around 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police said four armed men on board two motorcycles forcibly took at gunpoint the .38-caliber revolver, a handheld radio, a cellphone and cash of security guard Elmer Abad.

Authorities recovered from the crime scene were two Armscor .38-caliber revolver and one Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver with multiple fired cartridge cases, a wallet containing assorted IDs, a red Suzuki motorcycle, a handheld radio, a cellphone, two sachets of suspected shabu, multiple fired bullets and a black sling bag.

Abad was notified by the police and arrived at the scene where he claimed ownership of one of the caliber .38 revolvers, the handheld radio and the wallet containing his license and documents.

Follow-up operation is still ongoing for other two suspects who escape. (John Aldrin Casinas)