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

Published December 1, 2018, 10:11 PM

by Roel Tibay

Suspected drug peddler nabbed in Pasig City

A suspected drug peddler was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Pasig City Friday night, police said.

Police identified the suspect as Sam Ranaig, 33, of Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

A total of 18 sachets of suspected shabu, with an estimated street value of P12,000 to P15,000, were recovered from his possession.

Ranaig, according to Chief Insp. Allan Miparanum, Eastern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit chief, is a newly-identified drug personality, who allegedly engages in drug trades in the area

Investigation showed that at around 11:45 p.m., the city’s drug unit conducted a buy-bust operation to arrest Ranaig in Bolante II, Barangay Pinagbuhatan.

Police said they were able to purchase P500-worth of suspected shabu from him.

Ranaig was arrested after he handed over the illegal drugs to a police poseur buyer.

He will face charges for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Woman shot by nephew over old grudge

A 63-year-old businesswoman was hurt after she was allegedly shot by her nephew over an old attempted homicide case filed against him by the former, police said Saturday.

According to police, victim Hilda Lanuza, was busy cooking inside her house in C. Jose Street, Barangay 166, Malibay, Pasay City when the suspect appeared and suddenly shot her on the nape.

The suspect was later identified as Juancho Tengco, 35, of Arnaiz Street, Pasay City through the victim’s 15-year-old granddaughter who witnessed the shooting incident.

Tengco fled after the incident while the victim was brought to the San Juan De Dios Hospital. She is now on a stable condition.

Meanwhile, police trooped down Tengco’s residence in Pasay City to arrest him but to no avail.

Investigators said revenge is a possible motive since the suspect was said to have received a subpoena coming from the Pasay City Prosecutor’s Office regarding charges filed against him by his aunt.

Tengco was summoned to attend the preliminary investigation of an attempted homicide and libel cases filed against him. (Dhel Nazario)

3 wounded in Sampaloc fire

Three persons were wounded during a fire that hit a residential area in Sampaloc, Manila Friday night.

Reports from Philippine Red Cross said that the three male victims, whose names had not been documented yet, were treated after sustaining wounds on their feet and cuts on their bodies in an attempt to save their belongings at the height of the blaze.

According to Hector Agadulin of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire broke out at around 8:19 p.m. on Friday at a residential house located along P. Florentino Street corner Vicente Cruz Street, Barangay 475, Zone 47 in Sampaloc, Manila.

Authorities declared it fire out at around 9:25 p.m.

An estimated 50,000 worth of property were damaged.

Arson investigator SFO2 Domingo Mendoza continued its probe to determine the cause of fire. (Erma Edera)

Police officer killed in Pasig

A police officer was gunned down by in Pasig City on Thursday.

Senior Supt. RizalinoGapas, Pasig City police chief, said that they are looking at all possible angles behind the death of PO2 Manuel Melendrez III, a member of the Philippine National Police Crime Investigation and Detection Group in the National Capital Region, who was gunned down outside their house in Barangay Caniogan, Pasig.

“(We are looking at) all possible angles (such as) recent and previous enemies, family problems, possible enemies at work, possible involvement with illegal activities, business, women, land issues, etc.,” Gapas said in Filipino.

Initial investigation showed that at around 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, Manuel and his wife Shirley just arrived from Pasig City Market on board a black van when Manuel was gunned down by unknown suspect outside their house.

Police said that his wife, who was still inside the vehicle, heard multiple gunshots.

She quickly alighted the vehicle and saw that her husband was covered in blood, police said.

Meanwhile, Gapas said that it is still “too early” to name the possible suspect since the investigation is still ongoing.

“We need concrete evidence,” he added. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man found dead in Marikina

A man clad in black t-shirt and red shorts was found dead in an area far from police presence in Marikina City early Saturday morning.

Senior Supt. Roger Quesada, Marikina City Police chief, said that the area where the body was found was dark and far from police stations.

Initial investigation showed that the body was discovered at around 1:20 a.m. along J. Molina Street corner Blue Bird Street in Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina.

Police said that a concerned citizen discovered the body lying on the ground and reported it to the patrolling barangay peace security officers.

A rescue team was immediately called where they declared that the man was dead, police said.

Authorities are still conducting an investigation behind the death of the victim.

The police, for the meantime, withheld the identity of the suspect since they still have to notify the family of the victim. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)