ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Dec. 22, 2018)

Published December 22, 2018, 7:42 PM

by Roel Tibay

Chinese arrested for physical assault

A Chinese national was arrested for physically assaulting a 35-year-old Filipina inside a bar in Malate, Manila early Friday morning.

The suspect, identified as He Xing Feng, 20, and working at Tianyu Technology Inc. in Makati City, was reported of hitting Mary Grace Salvador, widow, jobless, and resident of 1523 Oroquieta Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that the suspect was at ZZYXX BAR located along Remedios Circle socializing with a certain Mariz on Dec. 21.

Mariz apparently was an acquaintance of the victim, who was also at the said place.

The victim then called Mariz, who was still with the suspect, to join her table.

However, her gesture pissed off the suspect.

He suddenly confronted, pushed, and punched Salvador’s face at around 5:30 a.m.

The club bouncer eventually responded. But the suspect did not stop throwing punches at the victim.

Salvador then sought police help. Both of them were brought to a hospital for medical examination.

The suspect tested positive for alcohol; while the victim sustained injuries incapacitating her to work for more than 10 days.

He was then turned over to the Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) and charged with violation of Article 265 of the Revised Penal Code or less serious physical injuries. (Ria Fernandez)

10 nabbed in drug stings in Manila

A 16-year-old drug peddler and nine others were arrested in recent drug stings in Manila.

Elements of Jose Abad Santos Police launched a buy-bust operation along Railroad Track near Hermosa Street, Tondo, Manila at about 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 20.

After a successful purchase of P200 worth of “shabu,” they were able to collar a minor and three more drug suspects namely: Mary Ann Evangelista, 51; Jobert Cinteno, 35; and Roger Codir, 36.

Pieces of evidence recovered were seven small sachets of “shabu” with an estimated street value of P1,400 and the marked money.

Meanwhile, another drug bust was conducted two days later at around 12:30 a.m. by Malate Police.

The operations along San Andres Street, Barangay 704 in Malate, Manila led to the arrest of six individuals identified as Rostum Dal, 25; Jaime Orca, 50; Arlene Lopez, 29; Joan Briones, 43; Gelly Bohawe, 31; and, Marlon Solas, 25.

Authorities seized six small sachets of “shabu” and P200, which the undercover agent paid in the drug deal.

One sachet of marijuana and a glass tube with its traces were also recovered from the suspects.

All suspects are now detained, facing drug charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive and Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

Son of ex-mayor killed, 2 injured in Malabon shooting

The son of a former Malabon City mayor was killed by two men riding a motorcycle at a parking lot of a cockpit arena at Baranagay Potrero, Malabon City on Saturday before dawn.

Police identified the slain victim as Ariel Vicencio, 53, businessman, son of former Malabon City Mayor Amado “Boy” Vicencio, resident at Gladiola Street, Circumferential Street, Barangay Potrero, Malabon City.

Two men, who police identified as Jomel Dela Cruz, 23, resident of the area; and Rolando Torres, 58, resident of San Rafael, Tarlac were injured.

Investigation showed that the three were leaving the cockpit arena at about 3:15 a.m.

Upon reaching the parking lot, two armed men wearing jackets, bonnets and helmets, and aboard a motorcycle blocked their paths and shot Vicencio repeatedly on the head.

Dela Cruz and Torres were reportedly injured after being hit with sharp nails while they were running away to take cover.

The victims were brought to Manila Central University for medical treatment but Vicencio was declared dead on arrival at about 4:33 a.m.

Police said Vicencio had faced several charges in the past.

In August 2002, he was nabbed for allegedly beating up a policeman for reportedly glaring at him.

He was also linked to a kidnapping plot in December 2012, and faced charges for kidnapping, serious illegal detention, and illegal possession of firearms.

Previous reports showed that Vicencio was allegedly involved in illegal drug activity.

Police retrieved two caliber .40 fired cartridge cases from the crime scene.

Further investigation is underway. (Minka Tiangco)

18 drug suspects nabbed in Makati

Eighteen drug suspects were apprehended in Makati City after the discovery of a drug den in a compound in Makati City on Friday night, December 21.

Senior Supt. Rogelio Simon, Makati police chief, said the drug den was discovered when a drug suspect headed there as he was being chased by cops.

He said his men transacted to six suspected drug pushers along P. Medina St. in Barangay Pio Del Pilar around 9 p.m.

However, one of them ran away and went to Barocan Compound, which also is in the same barangay.

The drug personality, Simon said, was cornered there. Little did they know, the place where the suspect went to was a drug den.

“John Mar Valeriano, 26, went to the compound. That’s how we discovered the drug den,” the Makati police chief said.

He said they caught in the act people sniffing shabu at the said compound.

The drug den was a shanty made by some illegal settlers there, he said.

“We seized 9.8 grams of shabu inside 18 plastic sachets. It costs nearly P50,000,” Simon disclosed. Other things retrieved were various drug paraphernalia.

All arrested individuals are now under the custody of Makati City police. (Jel Santos)

Crime group leader arrested

An alleged leader of a crime group operating in Metro Manila and its nearby provinces was arrested, together with two other suspects in an entrapment operation in Pasig City Saturday morning.

Police arrested John Ryan Suarez, 34; Amado Gaspar, 39; and Kim Marollano, 30—all are residents of Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig.

Chief Insp. Benigno Meneses, Eastern Poloce District Crime Investigation and Detection Group chief, said that Suarez is the leader of the “Bandal Criminal Gang” engaged in gun-running, gun-for-hire, robbery hold-up, and illegal drug activities in Pasig City, Bulacan, and some areas in Rizal.

Meanwhile, Meneses clarified that Gaspar and Marollano are not members of the crime group and that the search is on for the cohorts of Suarez.

Meneses said that the operation was conducted at around 3:20 a.m. yesterday along Mulawin Street corner Greenwoods Avenue in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig.

Confiscated from Suarez were nine sachets of suspected shabu, a .38 caliber revolver loaded with six bullets, a .22 caliber revolver loaded with three bullets, six bullets of caliber .45 pistol, and P2000 busted money bills.

While the police seized from Gaspar a Llama caliber 380 handgun loaded with a magazine containing seven bullets.

Authorities also searched the vehicle driven by Suarez and recovered three sachets of suspected shabu.

Meneses said that a total of 12 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of about P150,000 were confiscated during operation.

The suspects will be charged for violating RA 10591 or the Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition, and RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Student returns pouch with P100K

Students from the University Belt returned a black pouch containing more than P100,000 cash in Manila on Thursday.

According to Supt, Roberto Domingo, station commander of the Manila Police District Station 4 said that Nicolo Abasta, 18 and John Carlo Abasta, 21, cousins, found the black pouch containing three white envelopes amounting to P117,000 while onboard a UV Express bound for Quezon City from Pedro Gil Street along Taft Avenue on Dec. 19 at around 11:00 p.m.

The misplaced item was returned to Jess Nazarene Macatuggal, 26, of Parañaque City, after the students decided to turn over the wallet to MPD-University Belt Area Police Community Precinct.

Domingo said that Macatuggal was located through his Facebook account.

On December 20, he personally appeared at the police station and claimed the items. (Erma Edera)

Suspect in killing of Korean businessman arrested

A man tagged in the killing of a Korean businessman in Caloocan City was nabbed in Sitio Atob, Masinloc, Zambales on Thursday.

Arrested was Manuel Llao, 45, native of Barangay Calinto, San Juan, Batangas, resident of Barangay Baloganon, Masinloc, Zambales.

He is a suspect in the killing of Kim Woon Oh, 57, who was found by police bloodied and unconscious on a street at Nova Hills Drive Subdivision in Barangay 171, Caloocan City.

The victim died while undergoing surgical operation at Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Tala, Caloocan City.

Llao was arrested on the strength of an arrest warrant served by joint elements of the Caloocan City Police Station Investigation and Detection Management Branch and the Masinloc Municipal Police Station.

Investigators said they were able to identify and locate Llao after continuous follow-up operations and monitoring.

A manhunt is ongoing for the arrest of two of the suspect’s cohorts, who police identified as Renato Quilop, alias “Nato” and Benedict Interior, alias “Diking.” (Minka Tiangco)