ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Jan. 19, 2019)

Rape suspect arrested in Manila

A 36-year-old man was arrested by police for allegedly raping his 14-year-old daughter for almost six months inside their home in Port Area, Manila.
The victim told the police that she was raped by his own father from July 2018 up to Jan. 11 this year.

She also said that his father was a drug addict and would hurt her each time she refused to give in to his desires.

It was learned that the victim’s parents had separated and that she had been living with her father since.

After the latest rape incident on Jan. 11, the victim said she sought help from her relatives who accompanied her to the police to lodge a formal complaint.

The suspect was arrested on Jan. 15 and had been charged with several counts of incest rape. (Erma Edera)

4 Sta. Ana residents arrested in shabu buy-bust

Four drug personalities were arrested in Sta. Ana, Manila in the wee hours of Saturday, police said.

The suspects were identified as Joel Bonsol alias "Boss", 34; Ruel Fuentes, 29; Mark Vincent Rabusa alias "Mac-Mac", 25; and, Eloisa Santos, 29, all residents of Sta. Ana district.

Operatives collared them following a buy-bust operation along Oro-B Street of Barangay 770 at about 1 a.m. on Jan. 19.
Fifteen sachets of "shabu" with estimated street-value of P10, 000 were seized from the suspects.

Items recovered were forwarded to Manila Police District (MPD) Crime Laboratory for examination.

Meanwhile, the suspects were brought to MPD Station 6 for temporary detention.

Drug charges and obstruction of justice will be filed against them. (Ria Fernandez)

Bad smell led to real estate agent’s body

Due to bad smell, a decomposing body of a real estate agent who went missing last week was found in a condominium unit in Marikina City on Tuesday (January 15), a belated police report said Saturday.

Police found the body of Merly Santos inside a room in Cordova Tower, Marquiton Residences in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Marikina City.

The 61-year-old victim—a native of Roxas City and a resident of Barangay Dela Peña, Marikina City—was reported missing by her family members last week.

Initial investigation showed that around 8:10 p.m. on January 15, the cadaver was discovered by the on duty security guard because of the bad smell emanating from the room.

Police said the victim was last seen by an employee of the building on January 7.

Based on the cursory examination conducted by the probers, they found no external signs of injuries around the body which was already in the advance stage of decomposition.

Senior Supt. Roger Quesada, Marikina City Police chief, said the police are still waiting for the result of the investigation.

“From that, malalaman natin sanhi ng kinamatay kung may foul play (Through that, we can identify the cause of the death and if there is a foul play),” he said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man killed by two men riding a motorcycle

A man was gunned down by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle in front of a hardware store along M.H. Del Pilar Road, Barangay Maysilo, Malabon City on Friday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Rolando Ruado, 46, resident at Sanciango Street, Barangay Catmon, Malabon City.
Senior Supt. Jessie Tamayao, Malabon City Police Chief, said Ruado was on his way home riding a motorcycle with sidecar, he uses the motorcycle in delivering hogs.

Two men onboard a motorcycle blocked his path and shot him multiple times on different parts of his body, killing him instantly.

The suspects then fled the area.

According to a report, the victim’s wife who police identified as Josephine Ruado said the victim had a personal grudge with one of their neighbors.
Follow-up investigation is ongoing for the identification and arrest of the assailants. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Manhunt on for owner of 24 unlicensed guns in Malabon

Police are now hunting down a man after 24 unlicensed firearms were seized in his house in Malabon City on Friday morning.

Chief Superintendent Rolando Anduyan, Northern Police District (NPD) director, identified the suspect as a certain Ivan Ong Lee, resident at Sampaguita Street, Araneta Village, Potrero, Malabon City.

Lee was charged for violating Republic Acct 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Elements of the Station Intelligence Branch, Special Reaction Unit, and Police Community Precinct-2 raided Lee’s house on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Rhoda Magdalene Mapile-Osinada of the Malabon Regional Trial Court Branch 289 on Thursday.

The suspect was not present during the search and he remains at large.

Eighteen caliber .38 revolvers, two caliber .22 revolvers, four shotguns, and a caliber .45 cartridge were retrieved from Lee’s house.

Emily Lee, the suspect’s mother, said the firearms were for their security agency. However, she was not able to show any proof of the existence of the said security agency, said Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the suspect’s arrest.

Eleazar said the raid was part of their conduct of Oplan Katok, wherein those who own guns without or with expired licenses can surrender them to the police.

Police will secure search warrants for those who refuse to surrender their firearms, he added.

The NCRPO director said this is being done to curb election-related violence in Metro Manila. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Police asset led Makati operatives to drug bust

Thanks to the tip of a police asset, the illegal drug activity at a house in Makati City was put to an end. Three people were arrested while sniffing shabu on Friday afternoon.

Chief Insp. Gideon Ines Jr., Makati police's Assistant Chief of Police for Operations (ACOPO), said they nabbed Efren Dela Cruz, 45; Gina Hampangan, 44, and 65-year-old taxi driver Victorio Dolot during a buy-bust operation.

Around 2 p.m., Ines led a team of policemen to conduct a drug sting at the house of Dela Cruz located on Mascarado St. in Barangay Sta .Cruz.

Three people were arrested during the bust, two of whom were alleged patrons of Dela Cruz.

Seized from them were nine plastic sachets containing shabu, and the marked money.

This, according to him, was after they obtained video footage from their informant. “Seen on the video were people sniffing shabu inside the house of Dela Cruz,” Ines said.

The ACOPO head said the taxi driver confessed to them that he sniffs shabu at the house of Dela Cruz before he starts his work.

“Dolot is the second taxi driver we apprehended this month. The first one was caught in the act sniffing shabu inside his cab in Barangay Bangkal, Makati,” he said.

It can be recalled that on January 14, a house was also raided in Makati City wherein 12 people were collared. Police recovered around P200, 000 worth of shabu there.

Dela Cruz, Hampangan, and Dolot are how held at the Makati police headquarters’ detention cell. (Jel Santos)

3 siblings arrested in Pasay drug bust

Three siblings were nabbed by anti-drug operatives during a buy-bust operation in Pasay City on Saturday morning.

Police identified the suspects as Ricky James Talde, 25; Hilario Talde, 53; and Lara Talde, 21—all residents of Manggahan St., FB Harrison, Brgy. 26 Zone 4 in Pasay City.

Investigation showed that operation was conducted at around 3 a.m. along Manggahan St., FB Harrison, Brgy. 26 Zone 4, Pasay City.

Police said that suspect Ricky James sold to an undercover police one heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu that resulted to their arrest.

Recovered from Ricky James was one coin purse containing two more plastic sachets with white crystalline substance inside suspected to be shabu and one sachet of dried leaves of suspected marijuana.

On the other hand, police recovered from Hilario one digital weighing scale while Lara was arrested for intervening during the police operation.

The suspects will be facing drug-related charges before the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office. (Dhel Nazario)

Chinese nat'l lost her belonging to thieves in fast food joint

Several valuable items, including P14, 000 in cash, were stolen from a Chinese national inside a fast-food restaurant in Manila last Thursday.

The victim was identified as Qingna Lyu, 38, female, and single.

Initial report revealed that a man sneakily took the victim’s personal belongings at McDonald’s along General Luna Street in Ermita district past 4 a.m. on Jan. 17.

The police report listed cash in Philippine and Chinese currencies, two cellphones, Chinese passport with visa, about 25 pieces of ATM and credit cards, personal ID, and four USB drives among the items stolen from the victim.

The still unidentified suspect, who was wearing white and black stripes sando, shorts, and slippers at the time of incident, is now subject of manhunt operation.

Follow-up investigation is ongoing, according to investigator on-case Police Office (PO) 1 Bouer Lozano of the Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS). (Ria Fernandez)

Old uniform gave away bogus enforcer

A fake Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic enforcer was collared recently by traffic aides along Katipunan Ave. in Quezon City after they noticed that he was wearing an old uniform of the agency.

Eddie Baraquiel, 45, of Caloocan City, posed as an MMDA enforcer but he was immediately busted.

On January 18, four traffic aides were conducting field inspection when they noticed Baraquiel along Katipunan Avenue in Barangay Escopa, Quezon City around 2 a.m.

They approached the suspect to make him sign their attendance sheet, but when they got close enough, they saw he was wearing an old uniform.

Baraquiel he failed to present an ID when he was asked to show one. This prompted the MMDA personnel to apprehend him. He was turned over to the custody of Quezon City police.

Due to such, MMDA has warned the public anew to watch out for fake enforcers.

The public must always check the uniform of the enforcer apprehending them, the agency advised.

Also, motorists may verify by asking for their “mission order.” It is a document stating their official functions, place of assignment and time of official duty.

You may also check for the names of enforcers on the ticket as their names should be stamped on it, not written down by hand.

Lastly, the original copy of the ticket must not be given to a motorist caught violating traffic laws. A real enforcer will give the carbon copy of the ticket which has a bluish tint. (Jel Santos)