ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Feb. 8, 2019)

Police arrests drug pusher and cohorts in drug buy-bust in Marikina

Police seized P50,000 worth of illegal drugs from 19-year-old suspected drug peddler and his customer in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Friday.

Police identified the suspects as Jerome Baldo and Alfred Pagdirigan, 60—both are residents of Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.

Investigation showed that at around at around 12:10 a.m. Friday, members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust sting at a house along Libis Street in Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.

An undercover cop tried to purchase a sachet of illegal drugs worth P500 from Baldo and after the deal, the anti-narcotics team swooped in and arrested Baldo and Pagdirigan, police said.

The operation stemmed from a report of an informant where Baldo was allegedly involved in the illegal sale of drugs in the area.

Recovered were six sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 8 grams, police said.

Policemen also arrested the relatives of Baldo identified as Roberto and Randel Gonzales after the two caused a commotion during the arrest of the suspects.

Appropriate charges will be filed against the four men who are now detained at the Marikina City police detention cells. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Illegal recruiter arrested in Mandaluyong

An illegal recruiter who promised job seekers of high-paying jobs abroad was arrested in an entrapment operation in Mandaluyong City Thursday.


Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, Mandaluyong City Police chief, identified the suspect as Brandy Peralta, 29, of Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.


Villaceran said that the three men who filed the complaint said Peralta had promised them jobs as waiters in Australia with a salary of P65,000 per month.


To apply, each was asked to pay P1,300 to cover the registration fee, passport, and uniform for their training, police said.


However, one of the victims reported Peralta to the police after he found a Facebook post from another victim warning the public of the scam, police said.


Authorities verified the identity of the recruiter with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and it was learned that Peralta was not licensed nor authorized by the agency to recruit for overseas employment.


With the information, police then launched an entrapment operation that led to the arrest of Peralta outside a shopping mall along Shaw Boulevard in Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City at around 3:20 p.m. Thursday.


After the arrest of the suspect, police said seven more people appeared before the Mandaluyong City Police headquarters and claimed that they were also victimized by Peralta last year.


Charges of illegal recruitment and estafa will be filed against him. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Seniors, teen join two others in police drug sweep in Tondo

Five individuals, including a teen girl and two senior citizens, were arrested following a drug bust in Tondo, Manila last Wednesday evening.

The suspects were identified as Jennifer Morales, 35; Eduardo Cristobal, 64; Noel Cahiwat, 45; and Alfredo Gonzales, 64.

They were also with an 18-year-old girl.

They were collared along Hermosa corner Juan Luna Streets in Tondo, Manila at 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. after an undercover agent successfully purchased P7,000 worth of “shabu”, police said.

A total of 15 sachets of the said illegal drugs with an estimated street-value of P45,000 were further recovered from them.

The suspects are now detained at Jose Abad Santos Police Station, facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

Van kills 5-year-old in Caloocan City

A 5-year-old student was killed after being accidentally run over by a van along Tanigue Street, Caloocan City on Thursday evening.

Police identified the victim as Althea Joy Saniel. Arrested was Alos Cesar Garana, 58. Both are residents of the area.

Garana was driving an Isuzu Aluminum Van.

Investigation showed that Garana was traversing Tanigue Street from north to south and was headed towards the parking lot.

But before he could park his vehicle, he accidentally hit Saniel, who was playing at the side of the road.

Saniel was hit by the left side of the vehicle, causing her to fall on the ground. Her head was then run over by the van's left tire.

The victim was rushed by her mother to the Caloocan City Medical Center but succumbed to her injuries at about 8:50 p.m.

Garana is now under police custody and will be facing charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide. (MInka Klaudia Tiangco)

PNP personnel accuses officer of rape

A Manila policeman was accused of raping a non-uniformed personnel of the Manila Police District at the Sta. Cruz police station on separate occasions.

The victim, 33, personally appeared at the Manila Police District headquarters and put a record of sexual harassment against PSupt Noel Aliño of the Manila Police District Station 3.

The woman said that she was raped three times by the suspect on Dec. 18, 2018, January 14, 2019 and January 28 which happened at the Sta. Cruz police station.

It was learned that the suspect was the Chief of the District Operations Unit of the Sta. Cruz Police Station. He was formerly assigned at the Northern Police District. He also served as Biñan City’s police chief.

It can be recalled that police also arrested a Manila rookie cop for raping a 15-year-old girl whose parents were earlier apprehended for alleged illegal drug trade in Sampaloc, Manila on Oct. 28.

He was identified as Police Officer 1 Eduardo Valencia at Manila Police District Station 4 in Sampaloc, Manila. (Erma Edera)

Men shot boy outside a computer shop in Caloocan City

A 16-year-old boy was injured after he was shot in the neck by an unidentified suspect in front of a computer shop along Barrio Sta. Rita, Dr. Puno Road, Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan City on Wednesday evening.

Police identified the victim as Dexter Jason Ogatis, student of Tala High School, a resident at Santol Street, Barrio Sta. Rita, Dr. Puno, Barangay 188, Tala, Caloocan City.

According to a report, the victim was playing in a computer shop with his cousin, identified by police as Chedie Refuerzo, when two unidentified men entered.

The men suddenly punched Refuerzo in the face, and one of them said "Babalikan ko kayo," investigation revealed.

After Ogatis and Refuerzo finished playing, they went outside the shop, where they saw six unidentified men and a certain Mark Restum II blocking their way.

One of the assailants, who was armed with an unknown caliber of firearm, shot Ogatis on the neck.

The assailants fled while Ogatis was rushed by a concerned citizen to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he is currently confined.

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

Fires hit manila Friday morning

Back-to-back fire incidents were reported in Tondo and Quiapo districts of Manila on Friday morning.

The first case sparked at the second floor of the house of Aida Tañedo at 1040 D, New Antipolo Street in Tondo at 7:58 a.m.

It reached up to second alarm before it was put out by firefighters at 8:33 a.m.

Damage is estimated at P50, 000 and about fifteen families were affected by the fire, police said.

Meanwhile, three interns of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) got injured after a fire volunteer truck collided with the vehicle they were riding en route to the said fire incident.

One of them was Christine Jean Ramiro, who needed to undergo operation after both of her legs were fractured.

Another fire gutted a commercial building in Gonzalo Puyat, Quezon Boulevard in Quaipo at 10:57 a. m., which was only raised to first alarm.

Detainee dies in detention

A 36-year-old male detainee, who was apparently suffering from tuberculosis, died while inside the detention cell of Quezon City Police Station 6 on Thursday night.

Superintendent Joel Villanueva, chief of Batasan Police Station (PS-6), identified the fatality as Benjamin Magno, a resident of Sitio Veterans, Barangay Bagong Silangan.

Police said that Magno was arrested and detained last October 2018 for violation of Republic Act 9262 or violence against women and children.

According to the victim's fellow detainee, he noticed that Magno was having difficulty in breathing inside PS-6 custodial facility at around 3:30 a.m. prompting him to inform the duty jailer.

Authorities rushed Magno to East Avenue Medical Centet where he was declared dead.

The attending physician said Magno died due to a collapsed right lung.

It was found out that Magno is suffering with tuberculosis as seen on the result of his x-ray. (Alexandria San Juan)

Alleged drug pusher killed in buy-bust op in Tondo

An alleged member of a notorious gang and a known drug pusher was killed in an encounter with policemen in Tondo, Manila yesterday early morning.

The police identified the suspect as Jericho Matija, 27, member of the Commando Gang, and resident of Sampayan Kagitingan Street, Tondo Manila.

Investigation showed that the drug operatives of Moriones Police Station conducted a buy-bust operation after they received information regarding the illegal drug activities of Matija along Pier 2, Parola Compound Barangay 20, Tondo Manila at around 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 8

Police said the suspect sold shabu to a police poseur buyer. Sensing that he was transacting with anti-narcotics operatives, the suspect pulled out his caliber .38 and fired the poseur buyer at his lower abdomen.

When the police cornered the suspect, Matija pulled again his handgun and fired at the officers, resulting in a gun battle.

Responding officers hit Matija on the different parts of his body. He was rushed to Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center but he was declared dead on arrival due to multiple gunshot wounds on his body.

Recovered from the suspect were 10 sachets of suspected shabu, one caliber .38, two pieces of shell and two live ammunitions from a caliber .38, one revolver, P400 used as buy-bust money and a brown pouch.

It was learned that Matija has been involved in robbery hold-up activities  in the area. (By Erma Edera)