ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Dec. 30, 2018)

Published December 30, 2018, 6:49 PM

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

Navotas sting yields P100K worth of shabu

About P100 thousand worth of suspected shabu was seized and two alleged gun runners were arrested in a buy-bust for firearm at Barangay Tanza, Navotas City on Sunday morning.

Arrested were Rhey-chell Bitoin, 33, fishpond caretaker; and Camille Castro, 24, jobless; both residents of the area.

Elements of the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit conducted the buy-bust at about 6 a.m.

Investigation showed that a poseur buyer bought a caliber .45 pistol with a magazine and five caliber .45 live ammunition worth P6,000 from the suspects.

After failing to show the required legal documents to own a firearm, the two were arrested.

Police retrieved from the suspects four plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing 11 grams and worth about P100,000, the said firearm, and the marked money.

The retrieved pieces of evidence will be brought to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office at Camp Crame in Quezon City for ballistic and laboratory examination.

The suspects are under police custody and will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Man nabbed for indiscriminate firing, beating drinking buddy

A man was arrested for firing his gun indiscriminately and beating his drinking buddy in Barangay 169, Caloocan City on Saturday evening.

Police identified the victim as Cenonilo Hunggay, 47, construction worker; and the suspect as Jude Michael Olangga, 36, truck driver; both residents of the area.

Investigation showed that the two were having a drinking spree inside the victim’s house when Olangga suddenly stood up, grabbed his gun from his waistband, and fired thrice upward.

Hunggay then grabbed Olangga’s hand and tried to stop him from firing, but the suspect punched him on the face and bit his arm.

Olangga fled but was later tracked down and arrested after Hunggay sought assistance from barangay officials and the police.

Retrieved from the crime scene were a caliber .22 gun loaded with a live ammunition and a fired cartridge case.

Charges for alarms and scandal, physical injury, and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act will be filed against the suspect, police said. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

14-year-old girl victimized by ‘dugo-dugo’ gang modus

A 14-year-old girl lost her parents’ cash and items with a total worth over P300, 000 in an apparent ‘dugo-dugo’ gang modus that was consummated in Manila last Saturday.

According to the victim’s mother, the still unidentified suspects called their daughter in their house in Quezon City while they were away in the morning of Dec. 29.

They told her that she met an accident and needed help.

One even pretended to be her and instructed their child to get money and assorted items inside their cabinet.

The victim was further told not to hang up their telephone then her cellphone, her mother said.

After doing so, she immediately left their home and met the suspects at about 1:34 p.m. along Quezon Boulevard in Quiapo district.

She only realized that she was duped when her mother finally reached her to tell that she was at home.

Three suspects, including a woman and a man described as age 30 to 35, about five feet and five inches tall, and with a fair complexion, are now the subject of manhunt operations.

Further investigation is underway, Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) said.

Meanwhile, MPD reminded the public to be vigilant with ‘dugo-dugo’ gang as it usually strikes at these times when everybody is busy with the holiday.

It then advised those who will receive a suspicious call to directly check first with the concerned parties, especially when it involves money, to avoid being victimized by such scam. (Ria Fernandez)

2 drug pushers, customer nabbed in Marikina

Two alleged drug peddlers and their suspected customer were arrested by the police in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Saturday night.

Police identified the suspects as Rogelio Arcillas alias Roger, 45; Robert Tee alias Japoks, 42; and Julio Isidro alias Eboy, 43—all are residents of Barangay Fortune, Marikina.

Police said that Arcillas and Tee were identified as drug pushers while Isidro is their customer of illegal drugs.

Members of the Marikina City Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted a buy-bust sting against the suspects inside a house rented by the alleged drug peddlers at No. 624 Upper Balite Street in Barangay Fortune, Marikina around 8 p.m.

Police said that a buy-bust sting was conducted after authorities received a report concerning the suspects alleged involvement with the sale of illegal drugs in the area.

Anti-narcotics team placed the suspects under arrest after an undercover cop was able to purchase a sachet of suspected shabu from Roger and Japoks—later identified as Arcillas and Tee—and their suspected customer, the police said.

Recovered were seven sachets of suspected shabu, P500 buy-bust money, P300 cash and a black coin purse.

The suspects are now behind and bars and a case for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 is being prepared against them. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)