ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Dec. 27, 2018)

Published December 27, 2018, 7:13 PM

by Dhel Nazario, Jeffrey G. Damicog, and Rey G. Panaligan

2 drug peddlers arrested in Pasig drug bust

Two alleged drug pushers selling illegal drugs to porters and truck drivers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Pasig City Wednesday night.

Chief Insp. Allan Miparanum, Eastern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU) chief, identified the suspects as Jamal Sakilan, 41 and Hilda Roxas, 36—all are residents of Barangay Bagong Ilog, Pasig.

“Parehong tulak…ang mga ‘yon. Pagka buy-bust ni Sakilan, andon din si Hilda. Magkapitbahay lang mga ‘to (The two are both drug pushers. During the buy-bust of Sakilan, Hilda was also there. They are neighbors),” Miparanum said.

“Apparently, sa Ususan, Taguig sila kumukuha ng (drugs) at kalimitan nilang parokyano ang mga driver at pahinante ng mga trucking (Apparently, they source out drugs from Barangay Ususan in Taguig City and sell them to porters and truck drivers),” he said.

Miparanum also disclosed that Sakilan was a former drug surrenderer and was included in the EPD drug watchlist.

According to report, the duo were arrested at around 7:40 p.m. after a police poseur-buyer was able to purchase P500 worth of illegal drugs from the suspects inside the house of Sakilan in Barangay Bagong Ilog, Pasig City.

Recovered were 12 sachets of suspected shabu and the buy-bust money.

A case for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man stabbed to death

An unidentified man was stabbed to death by an unknown suspect in Binondo, Manila Wednesday afternoon.

Initial investigation showed that the victim and the suspect had a heated argument, leading the latter to draw a knife and stab the former multiple times.

The crime took place in front of stall no. 1020 occupied by Hawaii House of Curtains, Roman Street near corner Soler Street of the said district around 3:50 p.m. on Dec. 26.

The suspect then fled toward Recto Street.

Tricycle driver Charot Arcilla saw the victim sprawled on the ground and brought him to Jose Abad Santos General Hospital but was declared dead at 4:45 p.m.

Probers said nobody among the mingling crowd could give a good account about the incident.

The fatality was transferred to Archangel Funeral for safekeeping until relatives claim his body.

Police said he was about 35 to 40 years old. They further described him as slim, around 5 feet tall, and clad with only dark gray shorts. (Ria Fernandez)

Runaway truck driver nabbed in QC

A truck driver in Quezon City who allegedly drove away his company’s truck loaded with scrap steel bars, which he supposed to be delivered, was arrested by the police in Batangas on Christmas Day, three days after the incident.

Quezon City Police District director, Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., identified the arrested suspect as Edwin Arellano, a resident of Zapanta Compound, Antipolo City.

Arellano was a truck driver of Cathay Pacific Steel Corporation located in Brgy. San Bartolome, Novaliches since February 2018.

Police report showed that on December 22 around 2:30 a.m., Arellano and his helper identified as Jesus Julom, left their company’s compound to deliver a truck-load of scrap steel bars in Port 6 Tondo, Manila.

While on the road, Julom said he was instructed by Arellano to alight to buy beer for them.

However, as soon as Julom alighted, Arellano immediately drove the truck away leaving his helper behind.

Julom, meanwhile, went back to their company and informed the incident which was immediately reported to the Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) for investigation.

At about 12:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, the suspect texted his fellow driver that he abandoned the truck somewhere in Guiguinto, Bulacan prompting PS-4 personnel to coordinate with the police in the area that led to the recovery of the truck, but the steel bars were already missing.

On the same day, the suspect who was believed to be drunk tipped off his co-workers that he was at the Batangas Port after he was held by authorities of the port for his rude behavior.

Policemen immediately conducted a follow-up operation and proceeded to the Batangas Port where they nabbed Arellano.

During his arrest, he yielded P155,000 cash which was believed to be part of the sale from the stolen steel bars.

The arrested suspect is now under police custody and was charged with qualified theft. (Alexandria San Juan)