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

Published March 8, 2019, 10:33 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Stepfather arrested after 12-year-old victim gathered enough courage to go to authorities

After three years of suffering at the hands of her sexually abusive stepfather, a 12-year-old girl is finally free.

Her 56-year-old stepfather was accosted Thursday by barangay watchmen in Pandacan, Manila after she and her mother gathered enough strength to speak up.

The suspect was then turned over to Manila Police District (MPD) Station 10.

According to the victim’s mother, the suspect, who is jobless, used to rape her daughter when she is at work.

The victim revealed that he usually takes illegal drugs before he rapes her.

She said that he whips her with a solid electrical wire every time she refuses to have sex.

A friend of the suspect, who is now jailed for a drug case, had also taken advantage of her, she furthered.

The mother and child said the horrible experience started when the latter was nine years old.

They kept quiet for three years as the suspect threatened them of killing their relatives if they speak up.

The suspect had already undergone inquest proceedings for a rape charge under Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law. (Ria Fernandez)

Drug-session busted after successful buy-bust in San Juan City

Three men, who were reportedly having a drug session inside a parked jeepney, were arrested shortly after an alleged drug peddler was nabbed in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City Friday.


Senior Supt. Ariel Fulo, San Juan City Police chief, said that members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit led by Senior Insp. Edwin Malabanan initially conducted a sting operation against Ludivino Intes alias “Tata”, 45, of Barangay Kabayanan, San Juan City.


Intes was apprehended after he handed over a sachet of suspected shabu to a police poseur buyer along F. Manalo Street in Barangay Kabayanan at around 12:55 a.m. Friday.


While Intes was being arrested, Malabanan noticed a jeepney parked in a dimly-lit portion of the area. Upon their approach, the team saw three people in the act of sniffing shabu, Fulo said.


They were immediately apprehended and identified as Eric David, 25; Mar Miguel, 44; and Jesreel Ocampo, 43.


Malabanan said the three suspects first bought illegal drugs from Intes before having the drug session inside the vehicle.


Recovered from the suspects were a total of three sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia and the marked money.


Cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspects. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Human torso dumped along Valenzuela sidewalk

A human torso was found along Mindanao Ave. Extension, Mapulang Lupa, Valenzuela City on Wednesday noon.

A security guard told the police that he was at his post at about 12:30 p.m. when bystanders informed him of a suspicious-looking sack about 200 meters away.

After seeing that the sack contained a torso, the witness immediately called for police assistance.

Case probers said the torso was at the early stage of decomposition when it was found.

On Monday night, a flayed human head was found inside a plastic bag at Barangay 174, Camarin, Caloocan City.

A medico-legal expert from the Northern Police District-Scene of the Crime Operatives (NPD-SOCO) said the wounds on the head were still fresh when it was found.

The NPD-SOCO will be conducting a DNA examination to see if the head matches the torso, investigators said.

The torso was brought to Candido Funeral Homes in Valenzuela City, and the head to Jade Funeral Homes in Caloocan City for examination.

Further investigation is underway. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Man’s body fished out of Pasig River

Police are investigating the death of a still unidentified man who was floating in the waters of Pasig River near the perimeter base fence of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) at Muelle Dela Industria, Binondo, Manila Thursday afternoon.

The fatality was wearing a red “FUBU” shirt, black short pants, blue socks, and white Nike sandals when elements of PCG Special Operations Group fished him out at around 1:45 p.m. on Mar. 7.

He had no signs of physical injuries; but he was on fetal position with his head wrapped in a black garbage bag, wrists tied with packaging tape, and legs cemented together, similar to the victims of summary execution.

His face was beyond recognition as it was already in the active stage of decomposition.

On-case investigator Police Staff Sergeant Roderick Magpale described the victim to be about 40 to 50 years old and a member of a gang as it appears on the multiple jail house tattoos on his body.

The cadaver was brought to Archangel Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping. (Ria Fernandez)

Kidnapping foiled by alert neighbors; syndicate member arrested

An alleged member of a kidnapping syndicate was arrested after being prevented by people in the neighborhood from trying to abduct a 5 year-old boy the other night in Paranaque City.

Police identified the suspect as Princess Jana Estabillo,19 and a resident of Lambaking Dulo Biatya, Marilao, Bulacan. She is now detained at the Paranaque City police station and charges of kidnapping are now being prepared against her.

The victim was identified as Terrence James Valeriano, a kindergarten student and a resident of 1706 Esperitu St., Barangay Baclaran, Paranaque City.

Investigation showed that prior to the incident, the victim was playing with his friends identified as certain “Not-not and Kulot” at about 6:30 p.m. along Pinaglabanan St. corner Rita Extension, Barangay Baclaran, Paranaque City.

Witnesses said that the three boys were playing when the suspect arrived and grabbed the hands of Valeriano as she tells him “samahan mo ako sa banyo” and walked away.

The neighbors who recognized the boy but not the suspect blocked the path of the duo while the others immediately called for police assistance.

The police said that they found out that the suspect is a member of kidnapping syndicate based in Bulacan.

The police said that the syndicate use their victims to beg for alms in the streets. (Jean Fernando)