ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 6, 2019)

Published March 6, 2019, 10:04 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Drug peddler arrested in Binondo buy-bust

Police operatives collared a drug peddler during a buy bust operation in Binondo, Manila early Wednesday morning.

The suspect was identified as JR Ramos alias “Kosa”, 28, male, single, jobless, and resident of 2609 Sulu Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

He was arrested by elements of the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) of Meisic Police after an undercover agent successfully purchased P500 worth of “shabu” from him following a drug bust along Interior Street corner Recto Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. on Mar. 6.

Police Master Sergeant Meynard Vargas of SDET said a total of 22 sachets with a street-value of P11,000 were seized inside a pink pouch bag of the suspect.

They also recovered the marked money as evidence.

The suspect was charged with violation of Sections 5 and 11 under Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

License counterfeiters cornered along C.M. Recto Street

Two vendors of fake driver’s licenses were arrested along C. M. Recto Street corner Oroquieta Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila last Monday afternoon.

Rosario Ross, 45, and Edna Reyes, 55, were nabbed in an entrapment operation conducted by elements of Manila Police District – Anti-Carnapping Section (MPD-ANCAR) at around 4 p.m. on Mar. 4.

Police Major Salvador Tangdol, anti-carnapping chief, said that Presidential Complaint Center forwarded to them a complaint from a concerned citizen about taxi drivers who were using fake licenses, putting passengers at risk.

Thereafter, they immediately conducted surveillance at the reported place of manufacturing of the said falsified documents leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Four fake driver’s licenses and P500 worth of marked money were recovered as evidence.

During interrogation, the suspects admitted the crime and said they were just doing it for a living.

A case in violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code was filed against them for falsification of public documents.

Tangdol warns those who are still doing the same illegal activity to stop as they will also be dealt with in accordance with the law.

He also appeals to motorists not to patronize the production of fake driver’s licenses.

“It’s easy now to apprehend violators as we can immediately verify it with the Land Transportation Office (LTO),” Tangdol said. (Ria Fernandez)

P15K-worth of shabu seized in Caloocan sting

Three suspects yielded about P15,000 worth of suspected shabu in a buy-bust operation along Sampaloc Street, Barangay 178, Camarin, Caloocan City on Tuesday night.

Arrested were Jaime Laping, alias Balong, 37; Dariel Nave, 37; both residents of the area; and Gretchen Cerro, alias Annalyn, 28, resident of Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City.

Monares, who was said to be the supplier and courier of drugs in Barangay 178, is included in the police’s drug watchlist as a drug pusher.

Elements of the Northern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the buy-bust at about 11:30 p.m.

According to a report, the three suspects were arrested after a poseur buyer transacted a drug deal with them.

Four sachets of suspected shabu weighing six grams and worth about P15,000 were retrieved from the suspects.

The recovered pieces of evidence were turned over to the Philippine National Police-Scene of the Crime Operatives (PNP-SOCO) for laboratory examination.

The suspects, who are now under police custody, will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Severed head found in Caloocan

A severed and mutilated head in a plastic bag was found at Barangay 174, Camarin, Caloocan City on Monday night.

Police Lieutenant Joe Mar Ronquillo, Caloocan City Police Station Investigation Unit chief, said a concerned citizen found the plastic bag floating in a creek in the said area.

Upon checking its contents, the witness saw the severed head with its skin peeled off. Only the eyes inside the head remained, Ronquillo said.

A medico-legal expert from the Northern Police District-Scene of the Crime Operatives (NPD-SOCO) said it was difficult to identify the victim as all identifying marks on the head have been taken off.

The medico-legal officer noted that the wounds on the head were still quite fresh when it was found.

The head was turned over to an NPD-accredited morgue in North Caloocan.

An investigation is ongoing.  (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Body found floating in Valenzuela creek

A dead man was found floating in a creek with a knife still stuck to his body along T. Santiago Street, Canumay West, Valenzuela City on Tuesday morning.

A certain Jose Rodel Armenia, 44, told the police that he was at the said area at about 6 a.m. when he smelled something foul, causing him to look for the source of the stench.

After seeing the body floating face down in the creek, he immediately alerted authorities.

Upon inspection, a medico-legal expert from the Northern Police District-Scene of the Crime Operatives saw a knife still stuck at the victim’s waist.

Police said the body was already at the stage of decomposition when it was found.

Investigators have yet to identify the fatality.

The body was brought to Candida Funeral Homes for autopsy examination.

Further investigation is underway. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Village watchman turned pusher arrested with cohorts in Fairview

A village watchman, who was included in their barangay’s drug watchlist, was arrested with his three other cohorts during a buy-bust in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

Quezon City Police District director, Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel Jr., identified the arrested suspects as Ian Limbago, 43, an active tanod in Barangay Greater Lagro, and his companions Virgilio Dela Cruz, 46; Luisito Lauchengco, 50; and Ronaldo Apolona, 44, all from Barangay North Fairview.

Police said Limbago was included in the drug list of their Barangay Anti-Drug Advisory Council (BADAC) while the other men were newly identified drug personalities in their village.

An undercover personnel from Fairview Police Station (PS-5) Drug Enforcement Unit transacted with the group and purchased P200 worth of illegal drugs from them at Yen Street in Barangay North Fairview around 9:50 p.m.

After the deal, responding officers immediately collared the suspects.

Seized from them were five sealed sachets of shabu, an unsealed plastic sachet with traces of shabu, a plastic bag containing dried marijuana leaves, a weighing scale, some drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.

Arrested drug suspects are now under police custody and were charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Alexandria San Juan)