ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Dec. 21, 2018)

Two men to spend life in prison for selling 1 kilo of shabu in 2016

A Manila court sentenced two men to life imprisonment for selling 1 kilo of shabu in Malate, Manila in 2016.

In a decision released on December 13, 2018, Judge Emilio Rodolfo Legaspi III of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 13 convicted Asnawe Macabato and Abdul Montaquim Goco after finding them guilty of violation of Section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Aside from the prison term, they were also fined P500,000 each.

On January 19, 2016, PO2 Joseph Halago, MPD District Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group (DAID-STOG) received information that Macabato and Goco were involved in the illegal drug trade and they were using a metallic blue Toyota Altis vehicle during their transactions.

The informant also told Halago that he personally had closed a deal with the two.

Then, a buy-bust operation was conducted by the Manila police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on January 21, 2016 at Guererro Street near San Andres Street, Malate Manila.

They were arrested after they transacted with an undercover cop and with the informant. A sachet of shabu and buy-bust money worth P2,000 were recovered from them, police said.

“The allegations of Asnawe Macabato and Abdul Montaquim Goco are unbelievable on the planting of shabu, considering that from their very own testimonies, the planting was made in the Puregold (store) area where mediamen were already present when they arrived,” the decision read.

The judge ordered the commitment of the convicted drug pushers to New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. (Erma Edera)

Drug pusher falls in Malabon sting

An alleged drug pusher was nabbed in a buy-bust operation at Barangay Tugatog, Malabon City on Thursday evening.

Arrested was Miguel Flores, 29, jobless, resident of the area.

Elements of the Malabon City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (MCPS-SDEU) conducted the sting at about 11:30 p.m.

Investigation showed that a poseur buyer bought a sachet of suspected shabu from Flores before he was arrested by backup operatives.

Retrieved from the suspect were six sachets of suspected shabu and the marked money.

The recovered pieces of evidence will be brought to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office (PNP-CLO) at Camp Crame in Quezon City for laboratory examination.
The suspect, who is under police custody, will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Garbage collector nabbed for sniffing rugby

A garbage collector was arrested after barangay officials caught him sniffing rugby glue along Dulong Camus, Barangay Ibaba, Malabon City on Thursday night.

Police identified the suspect as Edward Algallar, 38, resident of the area.

According to a report, Leoncio Abrazaldo and Edgardo Dela Cruz, both barangay watchmen and residents of the area, were conducting foot patrol when they saw the suspect sniffing rugby glue from a plastic bottle.

Algallar was then arrested by the two and brought to the police station.

The plastic bottle containing rugby glue was recovered by the police and will be brought to Philippine National Police-Crime Laboratory Office (PNP-CLO) at Camp Crame in Quezon City for laboratory examination.

The suspect was placed under police custody and will be facing charges for violating Presidential Decree No. 1619 which penalizes the use or possession of volatile substances for the purpose of inducing intoxication. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)