ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (January 22, 2019)

Published January 22, 2019, 2:38 PM

by Francine Ciasico

9 arrested in Marikina drug bust

Nine people were arrested after the police allegedly caught them carrying several sachets of suspected shabu in Marikina City Monday.

Police identified the suspects as Reynaldo Villa Mucho, 22; Leonora Gonzales, 40; Jimmy Tupaz, 33; Michael Guray, 33; Emmanuel Dela Paz, 24; Lyra Baradero, 22; Maricel Fernando, 26; Jessie Manaois, 52; Jayson Botecial, 21.

Villa Mucho was included in the illegal drug watchlist, police said.

According to investigation, at around 11 p.m. on Monday, members of the Marikina Police Community Precinct 4 conducted a patrol along Palay Street in Barangay Tumana to verify a report about an alleged trade of illegal drugs in the area.

During the patrol, police heard voices of people coming from a house. They then peeked through the small opening of the door where they saw a group of men and women holding several sachets of suspected shabu, report said.

Police quickly swooped in and placed the group under arrest where they recovered four sachets of suspected shabu.

A case for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them. (Jon Aldrin Casinas)

Alleged drug peddler killed in QC buy-bust

An alleged illegal drug peddler was killed after engaging in a shootout with policemen when he sensed that he was transacting with cops during a buy-bust in Quezon City Monday night.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) identified the slain suspect only as “Cris Baba,” who died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds on his body.

Police report showed that an undercover anti-narcotics officer of Quezon City Police Station 2 transacted with the suspect on Cotabato Street in Brgy. Alicia.

Upon purchasing P50,000 worth of shabu, the suspect apparently sensed that he was dealing with a police officer prompting him to draw his gun and shot at the cop.

The poseur-buyer and the back-up operatives immediately retaliated and hit the suspect on the different parts of his body which killed him on the spot.

Recovered from suspect were five sachets of suspected shabu weighing at least 25 grams, a Colt caliber .45 pistol, a mobile phone, a motorcycle, and the marked money. (Alexandria San Juan)

2 robbers killed in shootout with Quezon City cops

Two robbery suspects who were located through the GPS of a mobile phone they took died in an encounter with policemen who were about to arrest them at least eight hours after breaking in an auto parts shop in Quezon City on Monday.

Members of Quezon City Police Station 4 said the suspects, who have yet to be identified, were described to be in their late 20s and early 30s, both wearing long sleeves shirt and with tattos on their bodies.

Prior to the incident, personnel of Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) received a complaint about two armed men who robbed employees of an auto supply shop along Gen. Luis Street in Brgy. Nagkaisang Nayon at around 3:20 p.m.

Victims said that the two men forcibly took at gunpoint their personal belongings such as mobile phones and undetermined amount of cash of the shop before fleeing the scene with a motorbike.

Authorities immediately conducted a follow-up operation against the suspects.

During operation, officers were able to locate the whereabouts of the suspects through the GPS installed on one of the stolen phones of the victims.

Upon arriving at a house along Belen Street in Brgy. Gulod, Novaliches at around 11:30 p.m., policemen spotted two men that matched the description of the complainants.

However, while approaching the two men, the duo suddenly pulled out their handguns and shot at the officers resulting in a gunfight.

The shootout ended after the police officers who retaliated hit the suspects on different parts of their bodies that killed them on the spot.

Meanwhile, the complainants arrived at the scene and positively identified the two men as those who robbed them.

Authorities were able to seize at the crime scene a caliber 9 mm pistol, a caliber .38 revolver, the suspects’ getaway motorcycle, two sachets of shabu, and some drug paraphernalia.

The three stolen mobile phones as well as the money amounting to P12,980 were also recovered. (Alexandria San Juan)

Painter fell to death

A painter died after accidentally falling while doing his job on a building in Parañaque City, Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was identified as Armado Lawagan, 35, a stay-in worker at Dela Cruz Compound, San Isidro Parañaque City.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 2:20 in the afternoon at the building he was working on at the Dela Cruz Compound.

Police said that the victim was doing his job on the fifth floor when he accidentally fell. He was rushed by the barangay ambulance to the Olivarez Hospital.

However, the victim was pronounced dead on arrival at around 3:08 in the afternoon. (Dhel Nazario)

Drug operations net four suspects

A series of anti-illegal drug operations led to the recovery of about P470,000 worth of illegal drugs and the arrest of a suspected drug supplier and his couriers in a condominium unit in Quezon City Monday.

Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes, San Juan City Police chief, said that Jose Victor Rigor alias Jovie, 62, was pinpointed by Rosalie Milliken, 36; Arnold Guco, 41; and Avelino De Guzman, 44, as their source of illegal drugs.

Reyes said Rigor was arrested in a follow-up operation two hours after his couriers who distribute illegal drugs in San Juan and its neighboring cities, were busted.

Investigation showed that members of the San Juan City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust sting around 9:30 p.m. Monday along Boni Serrano Avenue in Barangay Bagong Lipunan, Quezon City against Milliken. She was placed under police surveillance for a week.

Police said Milliken, a widow of a former American soldier, was accompanied by Guco who handed over to the police poseur buyer a sachet of suspected shabu.

The undercover cop asked Milliken if he could purchase more drugs. She agreed and invited the buyer to her condominium unit in Barangay Bagong Lipunan where De Guzman, her live-in partner, was waiting.

De Guzman handed over three more sachets of suspected shabu to the buyer, police said.

Anti-narcotics team then quickly swooped down the unit and arrested the trio. They also recovered four more sachets of suspected shabu.

Police said that during the interrogation, the trio identified Rigor as their supplier.

The police instructed Milliken to text Rigor to come to her unit for a drug deal. He was arrested after he sold about 50 grams of suspected shabu to an undercover cop.

Reyes said a total of 70 grams of suspected shabu were recovered from them.

It was also learned that De Guzman has a pending case of illegal drugs at the Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court, police said.

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

Smoking ban violators caught in Manila

Over 100 violators of the smoking ban had been rounded up in the City of Manila for the last couple of days.

Police caught a total of 102 individuals puffing cigarettes in public areas from 5 a.m. of Jan. 20 to 5 a.m. of Jan. 22, a belated report showed.

The most number of arrests were recorded by Sta. Cruz, Sta. Mesa, and Raxabago Police. They caught 28, 17, and 16 smokers, respectively.

The other violators arrested by Police Stations in Sampaloc, Ermita, Jose Abad Santos, Malate, Moriones, Sta. Ana, Pandacan, and Meisic.

Lawbreakers will be facing three days in jail on top of a P5, 000 fine for violating the revised city ordinance on smoking ban issued last year. (Ria Fernandez)