ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Jan. 16, 2019)

'Utoy' fulfills threat; stabs man to death

A 37-year-old man was stabbed dead by a man who threatened to kill him near his house at Barangay 168, Deparo, Caloocan City on Tuesday evening.

Police identified the victim as Felipe Velasquez, jobless, resident of the area; and the suspect as a certain “Utoy.”

Rose Ann Pascual, the victim’s stepdaughter, told the police that Velasquez and Utoy had a heated argument before the incident.

According to a report, in the height of the argument, the suspect said “Papatayin ko ‘yang si Ipe bago ako umuwi ng Samar.”

Investigation showed that Velasquez went out of the house to buy a mosquito coil at about 8:30 p.m.

Not long after, Pascual heard a commotion outside. Upon checking, she saw her stepfather lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood as the suspect was fleeing toward Acacia Road.

Velasquez was rushed by Pascual to Tala Hospital but was declared dead on arrival at about 9:06 p.m.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the arrest of “Utoy” as investigation is ongoing. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Couple shot dead in front of own kid

A man and his wife were shot dead in front of their 11-year-old daughter in their house along Dhalia Street, Barangay 177, Camarin, Caloocan City on Thursday evening.

Police identified the victims as Albine Nervar, 40, tricycle driver; and Nemia Nervar, 40, vendor; both residents of the area.

Senior Supt. Restituto Arcangel, Caloocan City Police chief, said the gunman, who remains at-large, may also be involved in the shooting of Nermia's suspected partner on November 2018.

The 11-year-old witness told the police that she was playing with her friends outside their house before the incident.

Her two siblings, both of legal age, were not in the house when the incident occurred, said Police Inspector Joe Mar Ronquillo, Caloocan City Police Station Investigation Unit chief.

A man, wearing a green long-sleeved shirt, black pants, black cap, and carrying a black sling bag, bought a stick of cigarette from their store and walked away, investigation showed.

A few minutes later, the man returned, lit his cigarette, entered their house, and shot the two victims, killing them instantly.

The gunman then fled on foot.

Arcangel said they have already identified the gunman and will be filing murder charges against him next week.

Investigation is ongoing. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

QC anti-narcotics operations net six suspects

At least six drug suspects were nabbed by Quezon City anti-narcotics police officers in its latest drug stings in the past 24 hours.

First to fall in the hands of Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) was 19-year-old Prince Llorca during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Gulod, Novaliches around 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Anti-drug operatives transacted with Llorca on the corner of Quirino Highway and Villaflor Street which resulted in his arrest.

Seized from him were five sachets of dried marijuana leaves, a cellphone and the marked money.

Two hours after, four men identified as Reynaldo Esguerra, 54, Jhon Rey Esguerra, 26, Reyvenne Esguerra, 19, and Gener Baltazar, 34, were nabbed by Masambong Police Station (PS-2) officers in a drug sting near their house at Balayan Street in Barangay Sto. Cristo around 10:40 p.m

Police were able to recover from the arrested men seven sachets of shabu and the buy-bust money.

At around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, SDEU officers of Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) collared Aristotle Mediana, 33, of Brgy. Pasong Tamo along Major Marcos Street in Veterans Village.

Mediana was caught in possession of suspected shabu with his still unidentified companion who was able to escape.

A plastic sachet and an aluminum foil strip with traces of shabu were seized from him.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Alexandria San Juan)