ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Nov. 5, 2018)

Published November 5, 2018, 8:19 PM

by Roel Tibay

One-year-old boy perished in Caloocan fire

A one-year-old boy died in a house fire in Barangay 180, Caloocan City, Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim as Jamal Labuan.

According to report, the fire started in the living room of the victim’s house at about 9:24 a.m. and was declared fire out upon arrival of firefighters at about 9:37 a.m.

Investigation showed that RoberlynCabarles, 21, the victim’s mother, left the baby with her parents, NileverCabarles, 41 andRudelyn Arab, 39 (both meat vendors), before she went to the market.

Labuan’s grandparents then left him with a certain Diane Kristine Sagun who is also a vendor of their meat store.

After the toddler fell asleep in his crib, Sagun decided to take a bath.

While bathing, Sagun said she smelled smoke coming from outside the bathroom.

Upon checking outside, she saw that the fire was spreading fast and was already near Labuan so she was not able to save the boy.

Sagun exited through a backdoor and sought help from neighbors. One of them alerted authorities.

Firefighters reported that almost the whole house was already burned down when they arrived. Labuan’s remains were found near a door in the crib where he was sleeping.

FO1 Jason Sarao said the flames spread out quickly because Labuan lived in a bungalow-type house made of wooden materials.

He added that they have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Sarao also said that Cabarles has no plans of filing charges against Sagun.

Further investigation is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)

Drug-crazed houseboy who robbed, killed his female employer nabbed by QC cops

Despite cleaning the crime scene in his attempt to elude arrest, police were able to arrest an alleged drug-crazed houseboy who robbed and killed his female employer by hitting her head with a dumbbell inside her apartment in Quezon City over the weekend.

Quezon City Police District director, Chief Supt. Joselito Esquivel Jr., said the arrested suspect identified as Donato Dollente, known as “Bong,” 51, was tagged in the killing of 55-year-old Maria Joy Maskariño, a certified public accountant.

According to the police, Dollente was a houseboy of Maskariños family for almost 10 years.

Initial investigation showed that at around 3 p.m., Saturday, Maskarino’s brother, Edgar and his wife contacted the victim who has not answered despite several attempts.

At about 6 p.m. the same day, the couple decided to check Maskariño at her apartment on Cleofas Street, in Barangay Pasong Tamo.

Upon entering the unit, they saw the bloodied victim slumped on the floor prompting them to immediately report the incident to the authorities.

Based on the cursory investigation of the responding officers on the victim, it showed that she was hit in the head with a hard object that caused her death.

During the investigation conducted by the QCPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), investigators found a grocery receipt which revealed that the victim was last seen with Dollente in a grocery store at around 12 noon on Friday.

Authorities went to the house of Dollente on San Ville Street in Barangay Culiat and invited him for questioning at the CIDU office in Camp Karingal, at around 3 a.m. Sunday.

While the interrogation was ongoing, Dollente admitted that he killed the victim by pounding her head with dumbbells to steal her money and personal belongings, but explained that he was only high with illegal drugs prior to the incident.

He also told the police that he had broken the glass window and cleaned up the crime scene apparently to mislead police investigation.

Three hours later, police investigators recovered inside Dollente’s house the stolen laptop, tablet, mobile phone, wristwatch, identification cards, ATM cards, bankbooks and P7,000 cash of the victim.

Police also found out that the dumbbells used in hitting the victim were hidden by the suspect under the kitchen cabinet inside the victim’s apartment.

Dollente is now under police custody and will be charged for robbery with homicide. He will also be brought for the inquest to the City Prosecutor’s Office. (Alex San Juan)

Man who threatened, shot 3 persons arrested by police

Police arrested a man who threatened and shot three individuals, hitting one in the head in Caloocan City on Sunday evening.

Police identified the victims as Romulo Sevilla, 46, painter; Eliseo Calvez, 51, construction worker; and Cecilia de Guzman, 47, jobless — all residing on Sampaloc St., Barangay 178, Camarin, Caloocan City.

A report said the three were outside their house when a man appeared and shouted slurs at them.

The suspect then drew a gun and fired at Sevilla and de Guzman but missed and hit Calvez on the head.

The suspect ran away but was cornered and apprehended by police.

Arrested was Reggie Diaz, 35, welder, resident of the area.

Retrieved from the suspect was a .38 caliber of firearm loaded with six ammunition.

Diaz will be facing charges for attempted homicide, physical injury, and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. (Minka Tiangco)

Barangay chairman mauled teenager

A 16-year-old boy accused a village chief of mauling him inside a barangay hall after he failed to recognize the latter last Saturday evening.

Police report revealed that Chairperson Felipe Falcon Jr. of Barangay 350, Zone 35, District 3 in Sta. Cruz, Manila allegedly beat up the minor victim at 11 p.m. on Nov. 3.

The victim claimed that Falcon smelled of alcohol upon approaching him outside the barangay hall office to ask what was he doing there.

He said that he only dropped by to give the cellphone of his detained friend.

The barangay captain then followed up if the victim knew him, which the latter answered “no.”

Falcon then told him to get back inside.

There, the official allegedly slapped the victim’s left side of his face with a cellphone and a hand and hit his right face with a dry sealer.

The victim punched back at Falcon to defend himself. But afterward, he said that people inside the barangay hall ganged him up.

The teenager victim said that Falcon then wore a four-finger metal knuckle and struck it on his head.

When he saw that no one was at the door, he tried to escape but failed.

He said that this made Falcon angrier, whipping him with a belt until its buckle broke.

The victim said he appealed to the barangay captain to stop hitting him.

Then moments later, his father arrived and brought him to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

The Manila Bulletin has already texted Falcon to get his side of the story.
But as of press time, he has still not replied yet.

A case of physical injury in relation to Republic Act 7610 or the anti-child abuse law will be filed against Falcon. (Ria Fernandez)

Cops searching for Las Piñas hit and run driver

The Las Piñas City Police is now looking for the driver of a Mitsubishi Lancer who ran over a woman in front of a mall in the city at midnight Monday.

The victim, Sheryl Panganiban, a resident of Alabang Zapote Road is still recuperating from her injuries at the Las Pinas District Hospital in the city.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 12:00 midnight in front of Robinsons Place Las Pinas in Barangay Talon Alabang.

According to police, Panganiban was crossing the street when she was hit by the approaching Mitsubishi Lancer with plate number BBY-595. Eyewitnesses told police that the car overtook another vehicle before hitting the victim.

Instead of stopping to check on the victim, authorities said that the car immediately drove off and was chased by bystanders but to no avail. The victim’s family is now calling on the driver to surrender to the police.

On the other hand, they were thankful that she only suffered minor injuries.

The Las Pinas Traffic Bureau is now coordinating with the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in order to identify the driver of the said vehicle. (Dhel Nazario)

Tricycle driver gunned down in Pasig City

A tricycle driver was gunned down by four still unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen in front of his live-in partner in Pasig City on Sunday afternoon.

Jayson Santos, 30, was attacked while he and his live-in partner were aboard a motorcycle traversing along a street in Barangay Rosario, Pasig City at 5:45 p.m., according to a police report.

Santos and Bejay Vinluan were reportedly on their way to fetch their daughter in Barangay Manggahan, Pasig

But out of nowhere, four gunmen aboard two motorcycles suddenly appeared and shot Santos several times in the body which caused his instantaneous death.

The armed men immediately sped off towards Ortigas Avenue Extension in Barangay Rosario, Pasig, witnesses told probers.

Police said Vinluan was unharmed for her partner was apparently the target of the attack.

Seized from the crime scene were several guns spent shells.

The suspects brought their guns with them, reports said.

Police are still determining the motive behind the killing. (Jel Santos)