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

Published January 16, 2019, 9:49 PM

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

Maintenance worker found dead at hospital roof deck

A maintenance worker was found dead at the roof deck of a hospital in Sampaloc Manila on Tuesday.

Case investigator PO3 Dennis Suba of the Manila Police District-Homicide Section identified the fatality as Alberto Baldoza, 48, and resident of Agoncillo Street, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Suba said the victim was an employee of Ecalnea Design and Engineering Services as a maintenance worker at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center who works from 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. everyday.

Investigation showed the body was discovered by his colleague, Larito Villarmia at the roof deck of New Building of Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center along Blumentritt Road, Sampaloc, Manila at around 10:05 a.m. on Jan. 15.

Baldoza was last seen alive at about 8:05 p.m. on Jan. 14 by John Marvin Ho at the restroom of their maintenance department at the ground floor of the hospital.

Closer looked on the body showed no signs of any physical injury.

The body was transferred to Archangel Funeral Parlor for autopsy and safekeeping. (Erma Edera)

2 hold-up suspects killed in shootout after ignoring police checkpoint

Two hold-up suspects were killed after ignoring a police checkpoint and engaging in a shootout with policemen in Quezon City Wednesday before dawn.

Investigators of Quezon City Police Station 6 said the slain suspects have yet to be identified but described them to be in their early 40s and late 40s, both clad in black jackets and black shirt, one was wearing a black cap and pants, while the other one was wearing a brown bonnet and brown short pants.

Initial investigation showed that personnel of Batasan Police Station (PS-6) were conducting a COMELEC checkpoint on the corner of Payatas Road and Molave Street in Brgy. Payatas.

At around 2:15 a.m., two men riding on motorcycle appeared and deliberately ignored the checkpoint.

Authorities tried to flag down the suspects but instead of stopping, the men sped off prompting police officers to chase them.

However, when they were cornered at Katipunan Extension inside AMLAC Subdivision, the back rider suddenly shot it out at the pursuing officers resulting in a shootout.

The policemen who retaliated were able to hit the duo on different parts of their bodies causing them to die on the spot.

Meanwhile, the victim identified as Maribel Fernandez, 28, a call center agent, arrived with some police officers at the crime scene and positively identified the suspects as those who robbed her earlier that day.

According to Fernandez, she was on her way to work and was walking along Ilang-ilang Street corner IBP Road in Brgy. Payatas around 1:40 a.m. when the suspects onboard a black and orange motorcycle without plate number forcibly took his shoulder bag at gunpoint.

Police were able to recover from the suspects the stolen bag containing some cash, identification cards, and mobile phone.

Also recovered in the crime scene were the Yamaha Mio Soul motorbike of the suspects, two caliber .38 revolvers, and 14 sachets of shabu (Alexandria San Juan)

Man found dead in bathroom in Manila

A still unidentified old man was found dead in a bathroom in Tondo, Manila last Tuesday afternoon, a belated report showed.

Police said they discovered the fatality, who was around 60 to 70 years old and clad in white polo and brown shorts, already bloated while lying on the toilet’s floor of his residence at 1159 Narra Street, Barangay 242 at 3:54 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Also, a female senior citizen was seen gasping for breath at the said place.

She was rushed to Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the body was brought to Arch Angel Funeral Parlor for autopsy.

Prior to this, neighbors were complaining about a foul odor coming out from the victim’s house.

During the conduct of investigation, authorities, with the presence of Barangay Ex-O Melchor Garalde and watchman Richard Rabanzo, unearthed different currencies equivalent to P313, 740, assorted coins, two gold rings, three fancy rings, and seven stainless bracelets from the crime scene.

However, investigator on-case Senior Police Officer 1 Michael Maraggun said they are yet to interview the victim’s companion, who is still recuperating.

Further investigation is underway. (Ria Fernandez)

Security guard nabbed for illegal drug possession

A security guard was arrested Tuesday morning after police seized a sachet of “shabu” from him in Sampaloc, Manila.

The suspect was identified as Alex Somera, male, 50, with live-in partner, and resident of San Mateo, Rizal.

Initial report showed that the suspect was captured during the anti-illegal drug operation of Sampaloc Police along España Boulevard corner M. Dela Fuente Street, Barangay 452, Zone 45 at around 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Authorities recovered one small pack of “shabu” with a street value of P500 from the suspect.

The evidence was turned over to Manila Police District (MPD) Crime Laboratory for examination.

The suspect will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

16 collared, 12 minors rescued in Navotas drug dens

Twenty-eight drug suspects, including 12 minors, were nabbed in a buy-bust operation inside three alleged drug dens at the Navotas Fish Port in Navotas City on Wednesday morning.

Among the 16 alleged drug personalities collared was a certain ‘Negro,’ who is said to be the supplier of illegal drugs at the Navotas Fish Port.

Meanwhile, 12 minors, aged 4 to 15 years old, were also rescued by elements of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said the rescued minors were used as drug pushers.

The minors were also found to be using illegal drugs, Aquino said.

Investigation showed that a poseur buyer was led by minors to three drug dens at the Navotas Fish Port.

After finalizing a drug deal with the suspects, the poseur buyer signalled to back-up operatives, leading to the suspects’ arrest.

According to Aquino, the fish port was subjected to police surveillance for about a month before they conducted the sting.

Forty-four sachets of suspected shabu were retrieved from the alleged drug dens.

The suspects were brought to the PDEA headquarters and will be facing appropriate charges.

Meanwhile, the rescued minors were brought to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for proper disposition and intervention.

Aquino said the alleged drug dens will be dismantled so residents of the area will not be able to use it. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Man dies in motorcycle-truck collision

A man died when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a truck along MacArthur Highway, Valenzuela City on Wednesday.

Police identified the fatality as Albert Ermitanio Codina, 47, laborer, resident at G. Tanic Street, Maysan, Valenzuela City; and the suspect as Manolito Meude, 30, driver, resident at Bonifacio Street, Canlalay, Biñan, Laguna.

This is the third road mishap to be reported in Valenzuela City this week. On Sunday evening, a man and his two children died after the motorcycle they were riding crashed against another motorcycle and a truck. Another man died on Monday morning after a log went through his windshield and crushed his head inside his vehicle.

According to a police report, Meude, who was onboard a self loader truck, stopped in front of a traffic light after it turned red along the inner lane of MacArthur Highway northbound corner A. Fernando Street, Marulas, Valenzuela City.

Suddenly, Codina’s Honda Click motorcycle crashed against the back of Meude’s truck, investigation showed.

Police said Codina fell to the pavement and sustained a fatal head injury.

He was rushed to Valenzuela Medical Center by the Valenzuela Rescue Team but was declared dead-on-arrival at about 1:59 a.m.

A case of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide will be filed against Meude. (Minka Klaudi Tiangco)