ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (January 1, 2019)

Call center agent nabbed for possession of prohibited firecrackers

Just minutes after 2019 entered, a call center agent was arrested for possession of prohibited firecrackers in Makati City.

Jose Zoilo Alberto, 29, was nabbed after he was spotted by patrolling policemen igniting a firecracker at Salcedo Parking Lot located on Rufino St. in Legazpi Village, Barangay San Lorenzo, Makati at 12:30 a.m.

Prior to his apprehension, the patrolling cops said they heard loud explosions, which they followed and led to the area where Alberto was.

Makati police said one set of “Judas Belt” (one thousand rounds) and 72 pieces of “Kwitis” were seized from him.

Chief Insp. Gideon Ines Jr., Makati police assistant chief of police for operations (ACOPA), said the long “Judas Belt” is not allowed as stated on the list of prohibited firecrackers of the Philippine National Police.

Meantime, he said “Kwitis” is permitted.

Alberto is now held at the Makati police headquarters’ detention facility. (Jel Santos)

Spanish nat’l nabbed in Makati

A Spanish national, who was reportedly drunk, was apprehended by barangay watchmen after he slammed his helmet onto the car window of another tenant in Makati City on early Tuesday morning.

Chief Insp Gideon Ines Jr., Makati police assistant chief of police for operations (ACOPA), identified the suspect as Jairo Ruiz Ibanez, 36, a tenant at Makati Prime Tower Suites in Barangay Poblacion, Makati.

Out of the blue, he reportedly slammed his helmet onto the car of 30-year-old Edd Paolo Morales around 5 a.m. at the parking area of Makati Prime Tower Suites.

Security guard Allaniel Mayangao, 33, tried to stop Ibanez from hitting the car of Morales, but he instead punched him and threw a hollow block on his back.

Due to such, other building staff called Barangay Poblacion watchmen to arrest the suspect. He reportedly resisted arrest but was later nabbed after a few minutes.

Then, they brought Ibanez to the Makati police headquarters.

“He was very drunk when he was surrendered to us,” Ines said.

He is currently spending the New Year behind bars. (Jel Santos)

2 drug suspects nabbed for firing gun on New Year’s Eve

Two alleged drug users were arrested for firing their guns during the New Year’s Eve revelries at Barangay North Bay Boulevard North, Navotas City.

Arrested were Alexander Illustrisimo, 27; and Glenn Monares, 36. Both are construction workers and residents of the area.

According to a report, the police received information that a gunshot was heard along Road 10 corner Linchangco Street at about 6:45 p.m.

Upon arrival, police saw Monares with Illustrisimo, who was armed with a. 45 caliber pistol with a magazine and two live ammunition.

Police Chief Inspector Aldrin Thompson said the suspects were drunk when they were arrested. Police are still awaiting the results of the drug test done on the suspects, he added.

During body frisk, police retrieved two sachets of suspected shabu from the suspects.

Also recovered from the crime scene was an empty shell, which is believed to be fired from Illustrisimo’s firearm.

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

The two suspects, who are under police custody, will be charged 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)

Fire razes three-story house in Manila

The New Year revelry in Sta. Ana Manila was marred by a fire that gutted a residential area on Tuesday early morning.

Senior Inspector Redentor Alumno of the Manila Fire Bureau said the fire started from a three-story house owned by Salvador Rivera located along Araullo Street, Sta. Ana, Manila on January 1.

The fire started at around 12:10 a.m. It has also reached first alarm at 12:12 a.m

At least P10,000 worth of property were destroyed by the fire.

Authorities declared fire out at 12:31 a.m.

No casualties and injuries were reported but eight families were affected by the incident.

Alumno said the cause of fire is still under investigation. (Erma Edera)

Chinese nat’l nabbed for assaulting woman

A Chinese man greeted New Year’s Day behind bars after he was arrested by police on Monday for beating a lady customer inside a bar in Las Piñas City.

The suspect was identified as Wen Hong Tao, 21. The victim on the other hand, was identified as Jenny Rose Batain, 25.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 11:00 in the morning at the vicinity of Cowboy Grill along Alabang-Zapote Road, Barangay Almazan 1, Las Piñas City.

According to Las Piñas City Police Chief Senior Supt. Simnar Gran, the said suspect Tao was a regular customer of the bar.

Police said that the suspect saw Batain’s group who was also drinking at the said bar and for no apparent reason, started shouting at them.

A commotion then started when Tao began kicking the victim, to which personnel of the said bar called for police assistance that led to his arrest.

He will be facing charges of Alarm and Scandal and Physical Injuries. (Dhel Nazario)

3 collared for playing with firecrackers in Navotas

Three men welcomed the New Year behind bars after they were arrested for playing with firecrackers outside the designated firecrackers zone in Navotas City during the celebration of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Police identified the suspects as Prince Aldrin Villaruz, 19, resident at Governor Pascual Street, Barangay San Jose; Jonar Baron, 21, resident of Barangay Sipac Almacen; and Jomar Paglinawan, 25, resident of Barangay North Bay Boulevard North.

The suspects were arrested after police conducting motorcycle patrol near their residences chanced upon them about to ignite firecrackers known as “regalo” or “pla-pla.”

Villaruz was arrested at about 10:15 p.m., Baron at about 11:45 p.m., and Paglinawan at about 12:10 a.m.

The firecrackers were recovered and brought to the Navotas City Police Station for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, the suspects are under police custody, and will be charged for violating Republic Act 7183 which is an act regulating the sale, manufacture, distribution, and use of firecrackers and other pyrotechnic devices. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Grade 10 student nabbed for illegal drug possession

A Grade 10 student has welcomed the New Year in jail after patrolling police officers seized from him sachets of illegal drug in Quezon City, Monday night.

Personnel of Quezon City Police District-Anonas Police Station (PS-9) identified the arrested student as a resident of Barangay UP Campus.

Police report showed that some policemen from PS-9 were conducting anti-criminality operations near student’s house at Pook Dagohoy around 8 p.m. while onboard an unmarked vehicle.

While patrolling, the officers saw the accused suspiciously standing near a well-lighted post and seemed to be holding and inspecting a small transparent plastic sachet.

Authorities approached the student and asked him what he was holding but the latter refused to answer. He instead handed the sachet to the officers which apparently containing suspected dried marijuana leaves

Two other heat-sealed sachets of dried marijuana leaves inside a black coin purse were also seized from the student’s pocket which resulted in his arrest.

The suspect was brought to the police station for investigation and proper disposition.

He is now under police custody was charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Alexandria San Juan)