ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Jan. 18, 2019)

Published January 18, 2019, 9:15 PM

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

Indian nat’l shot, robbed by men onboard motorcycle

An Indian national was shot and robbed by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle at Barangay 171, Caloocan City on Thursday morning.

Police identified the victim as Gurpreet Singh, 34, resident of Meycauayan, Bulacan.

Investigation showed that Singh was collecting money from one of his debtors along Todela Street, Bagumbong, Barangay 171, Caloocan City with his wife identified by police as Sonia Rani.

Two men riding a black motorcycle appeared.

Police said the driver of the vehicle was wearing a helmet, a black leather jacket, and denim pants, while the backrider was wearing a maroon cap, a shirt, and denim shorts.

The backrider alighted from the vehicle and tried to take away the victim’s motorcycle keys. When Singh resisted, he was shot multiple times on different parts of his body, killing him instantly.

The assailants then carted away Singh’s blue and white Honda BeAT motorcycle and his bag.

Retrieved from the crime scene were five fired cartridge cases and two fired bullets of undetermined caliber.

Singh’s body was brought to Jade Funeral Homes for autopsy examination.

Follow-up investigation is ongoing for the identification and arrest of the assailants. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

6 arrested in Marikina drug buy

Six people allegedly involved with the sale of illegal drugs, were arrested by the police in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Friday morning.

Police identified the suspects as Mary Ann Rivera, 28; Alberto Bañez, 32; Jomarie Cruz, 23; Paul Valdez, 33; Randy Rositte, 34; and Darren Faminial, 29—all are residents of Barangay Parang, Marikina City.

Investigations showed that around 12:15 Friday, members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a drug sting against a certain alias Mean, Ambet and Jomarie—later identified as Rivera, Bañez and Cruz—along Molave Street in Barangay Parang, Marikina.

Police said that an undercover cop was able to purchase a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 from the trio who were accompanied by Valdez, Rositte and Faminial during the transaction.

After the suspects handed over the illegal drug, anti-narcotics team hiding nearby quickly placed the suspects under arrest and recovered a total of seven sachets of suspected shabu, a coin purse, P600 cash, and the buy-bust money.

Prior to the operation, police received a report from an informant about the illegal drug trade where Rivera, Bañez and Cruz are allegedly involved.

The suspects are now detained and will face the charge of violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man dies in Caloocan road mishap

A man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding crashed against a trailer truck along Circumferential Road-3 in Caloocan City on Thursday night.

Police identified the victim as Ronald Agravante, 35, resident at Orchids Street, Sitio Gitna, Kaybiga, Caloocan City; the other driver was identified as Steven Jimmy Balanquit Jr., 30, resident of Talipapa, Novaliches, Caloocan City.

Agravante was riding a Yamaha Mio I 125 motorcycle while Balanquit was onboard a trailer truck.

Investigation showed that both vehicles were travelling westward towards Dagat-Dagatan Avenue in Caloocan City, with the trailer truck in front of the motorcycle.
Agravante tried to overtake Balanquit’s truck and drove along the gutter area of the road, which was on the right side of the truck.

However, Balanquit did not notice Agravante at the right side of his truck. While he was veering right, Balanquit lost control of the vehicle and the truck and motorcycle collided.

Agravante’s motorcycle fell to the pavement and he was dragged for several meters underneath the truck.

The severely-injured victim was brought to the Philippine Orthopedic Center but was declared dead at about 8:42 p.m.

The suspect will be facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide and damage to property. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Motorcycle thieves slain in QC gun battle

Two suspected motorcycle thieves who were about to sell a motorbike they allegedly stole were killed in a shootout with policemen inside their safehouse in Quezon City Thursday night.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District said the slain suspects were only identified as certain Ian Diaz and Jessie, and both described to be between 20 to 30 years old.

Police said that the two men were known sellers of stolen motorbikes in their area prompting officers to set a buy-bust operation against them.

Initial report showed that the pair offered to an undercover police a motorcycle, which was believed to be stolen, for only P15,000.

Personnel of QCPD Special Operations Unit, Anti-Carnapping Unit, Galas Police Station and Masambong Police Station set the deal with the suspects inside their safehouse at No. 24 Forestry corner Mines Street in Brgy. Vasra around 7:30 p.m.

However, during the transaction, the suspects apparently sensed they are dealing with a policeman and suddenly fired towards the authorities.

Responding officers retaliated resulting in a shootout. This led to the death of the suspects who succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds on their bodies.

Investigators recovered in the scene three motorcycles believed to have been stolen, a caliber .45 pistol with five live ammunition, a caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition, seven sachets of shabu, a mobile phone and the buy-bust money.

Further investigation showed that one of the motorbikes recovered was stolen from victim Eduardo Bernal.

Bernal said that three armed men took his motorbike at gunpoint along Broadway Avenue in Quezon City around 11:30 p.m. last January 15.

The victim positively identified the suspects as among the three men who forcibly took his Yamaha Mio motorcycle. (Alexandria San Juan)