ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Nov. 29, 2018)

Published November 29, 2018, 7:07 PM

by Roel Tibay

Businessman found dead in toilet

A businessman was found dead inside a comfort room after a shooting incident in Sta. Mesa, Manila on Wednesday, police said.

Case Investigator PO3 Jonathan Bautista identified the fatality as Marcelo Manuel, 67, resident of Bautista Street, Pasay City. He was rushed by his employees to the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial hospital but he was declared dead on arrival.

Initial investigation showed that one of his employees, Eleonor Robles, heard a loud sound coming from the toilet on Nov. 28 at 12:12 p.m. in Old. Sta. Mesa,Manila.

Few seconds later, Marlon Palicpic, another employee of the company, arrived in the scene to look for Manuel. After several knocks, there was no response so he decided to open the door of the comfort room and saw the victim sitting on the toilet bowl with a gunshot wound on his head.

Recovered from the crime scene were one .9 mm caliber with five live ammunitions, one empty shell, and one deformed slug of caliber .9 mm.

Rosalina Manuel, the victim’s wife, claimed that her husband owned two types of hand gun and two licensed forearms.

Follow-up investigation is now underway to determine whether or not foul play was involved. (Erma Edera)

3 men arrested in Marikina drug bust

Three men allegedly involved in illegal drugs were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Wednesday night.

Police arrested Alfredo Serapion alias “Sula,” 37; YuutaMatsuba alias “Matsu,” 26 (both are from Cainta, Rizal); and Robert Audencial alias “Totoy,” 25 of San Mateo, Rizal.

Insp. Greco Gonzales, Marikina City Police Station Drug Enforcement (SDEU) chief, said that Serapion is an alleged drug dealer who transferred his illegal drug trade from Rizal to Marikina.

On the other hand, Gonzales said that Matsuba is suspected to be the cohort of Serapion while Audencial is an alleged “scorer” or buyer of illegal drugs.

Investigation showed that at around 10:45 p.m., members of the SDEU arrested the suspects along Sumulong Highway in Barangay Sto. Niño, Marikina.

The arrest was made after a police poseur buyer was able to purchase a sachet of shabu from Serapion who was with Matsuba and Audencial during the transaction, police said.

Recovered were nine sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P53,000, a cigarette pack, P300 cash, and the buy-bust money.

Suspects will be charged for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Chemicals that can produce P2 B shabu seized

Police arrested a South Korean national, his cohort and seized equipment and chemicals that could supposedly produce an estimated 325 kilograms of shabu worth P2.2 billion loaded inside a parked vehicle in Pasig City Wednesday night.

The raw materials and equipment were seized by operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Northern Police District (NPD) and Eastern Police District (EPD)
at around 9:30 p.m., inside a commuter van at a parking lot along Garnet Road in Ortigas Center in Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City.

The police discovered the contraband after a followup operation busted Kim Jong Hee, believed to be a chemist, in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City.

NPD operatives earlier arrested Kim’s cohort, Marvin Yu in Caloocan City. Both Yu and Kim yielded 250 grams of shabu. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)