ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 12, 2019)

Published March 12, 2019, 10:40 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Alleged carnappers, gun for hire, and drug pushers killed in Antipolo

Three alleged members of carnapper, notorious gun for hire and pushers were killed during a police encounter in Antipolo City.

P/Supt. Villaflor Banawagan, chief of police identified one of the three fatalities as  Rammil Escio alyas “RonRon”  alleged leader of the group while the two others remained unidentified.

Police report showed that the incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. last Monday in a checkpoint conducted along  Sitio Painuman, Marcos Highway, Antipolo City.

Police received reports that a taxi driver was  a victim of a carnapping incident. The said taxi was alarmed in all checkpoints area and authorities spotted the vehicle along marcos Highway and avoided the checkpoint and even fired shots at the policemen prompting the latter to fire back.

Recover was the carnapped vehicle, shotgun, caliber.38 and 9mm pistol.

Police have yet to determine the name of the two carnappers killed. Police said those killed were allegedly involved in other activities like gun for hire and drug pushing. (Madelynne Dominguez)

Over P2.7 million worth of shabu confiscated in Malate

Over P2.7 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated by the police in a buy-bust operation against four suspected drug personalities in Malate, Manila.

Police identified the four suspects as Yasser Haron,25, of Cotobato City; Kaharodin Galay, 29, of Cotobato City; Tata Macmod, 24, of Maguindanao and Smokey Musa, 30 of North Cotabato.

The Manila Police District said the suspects were not included in the drugs watchlist.

Investigation showed that police operatives confiscated nine medium-sized packs of suspected shabi weighing a total of 397.46 grams with an estimated value of P2,708,628 during the raid on March 8.

Police said the suspects went through inquest proceedings on Sunday before the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office.

Appropriate charges will be filed against them for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Erma Edera)

Member of gun-for-hire group shot dead by police

A member of the notorious gun-for-hire group in Tondo, Manila was killed by police in a shootout last Monday afternoon.

The fatality was identified as Adonis Mendoza Caputalan, 30 and single.

Police said he is a member of Sputnik gang as well as the notorious group of Joshua Bahar, who is behind the contract killing, robbery incidents, drug distribution, and bomb throwing at police precincts in the said district.

The skirmish between the police and Bahar’s group broke out at around 3 p.m. on Mar. 11 at Building 33, Aroma Temporary Housing Compound, Barangay 105 when the latter fired a gun against the former during a follow-up operation, Manila Police Station (MPS) 1 commander Police Lieutenant Colonel Reynaldo Magdaluyo said.

Mendoza went up to the second floor where his house is located. However, he was cornered at Unit 80 where he was shot dead.

Bahar, on the other hand, sustained a gunshot wound on his left knee; but, he, along with his two other unknown cohorts, managed to escape.

Items recovered from Caputalan were two .45 caliber pistols, two .38 caliber revolvers, an MK2 military type fragmentation hand grenade, two sets of police uniform bearing the logos of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and MPD, and three small sachets of “shabu”.

“Joshua Bahar’s group is most likely the one responsible at the grenades left under the bridge in Tondo in February,” Magdaluyo said.

In an interview, Caputalan’s sister Madelyn admitted to the Manila Bulletin his illegal activity.

“Lagi namin siyang sinasabihan [na] ‘wag magbabarkada, umuwi na lang ng probinsya kasi yung pangalan ng tao [Bahar] hinahanap…nadadamay siya (We always tell him not to befriend them and to return to the province because Bahar’s name is being hunted. He is being dragged),” she said.

Manila’s top cop Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao, Jr. urged their family to cooperate with them.

A hot pursuit of Bahar, the most wanted person of MPD Station 1, continues, authorities said. (Ria Fernandez)

Attempted kidnapping foiled by barangay official

A woman’s attempt to kidnap a five-year-old girl last Monday evening in Tondo, Manila was foiled by a barangay official.

The suspect was identified as Sally Agliam Casiano, 40, married, jobless, and resident of Talavera, Nueva Ecija.

Initial report revealed that the victim was walking with her mother along Solis Street corner Jose Abad Santos at about 7:15 p.m. on Mar. 11 when the suspect suddenly grabbed her.

The suspect then claimed that the girl was her niece.

Fortunately, councilor Dolores De Guzman of Barangay 215 was at the vicinity and witnessed the incident.

Thereafter, the suspect was arrested and turned over to Manila Police District (MPD) Station 7 for proper disposition.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Gene Licud, MPD Station 7 commander, said they are looking into the background of the suspect to determine if she is affiliated to the syndicate responsible in the recent abduction of children.

In the meantime, the official said they have increased their police visibility in their area and enhanced coordination with the barangays for the safety of minors. (Ria Fernandez)

Kidnappper nabbed by barangay officals

A second attempt to kidnap a minor in Metro Manila this month was foiled on Monday after a woman who allegedly tried to snatch a 4-year-old boy was arrested by authorities in Navotas City.

The Navotas City Police (NCP) identified the woman as Marites Gatchalian, 46, a native of Bacolod.

Investigation showed that the victim’s mother foiled the attempt after she caught Gatchalian holding and pulling his son’s hand at around 9 a.m.

A report added that the mother told his son, who was about to go to school, to wait outside as she would lock their house at Barangay Daanghari, Navotas.

Upon seeing the alleged kidnapping attempt, the mother immediately grabbed her son away from Gatchalian and called the authorities.

Barangay officers Liberato Cruz and Michael Pulilan responded to the incident and arrested the suspect.

Police Colonel Rolando Balasabas, NCP Station chief, said the suspect later showed signs of mental illness after she was seen talking to herself and was giving inconsistent answers.

However she may only be pretending to be mentally ill, he added.

Balasabas said that the victim’s parents already filed a formal complaint against Gatchalian.

The suspect was then put under inquest proceeding on Tuesday morning.

The incident is the second kidnapping attempt recorded in Metro Manila this month.

In Parañaque City, an alleged kidnapper was also arrested after she reportedly tried to snatch a minor.

Balasabas reminded parents to monitor their children after similar cases have been reported in different parts of Metro Manila. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Two members of active criminal group nabbed in police buy-bust op

Two women who were members of an active criminal group were arrested in a police buy-bust in Navotas City on Monday evening.

The Navotas City Police (NCP) identified the suspects as Maricel Tremotcha, 21; and Rica Mae Dimatulac, 21, both residents of the said city.

A police report added that the two are members of Allan Metallica, an active drug and gun-for-hire syndicate operating in CAMANAVA areas.

Investigation showed that joint operatives of the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit (NPD-SOU) and NCP Station conducted a buy-bust operation against the two for alleged selling of loose firearms at around 7 p.m. at Market-3, Barangay North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas.

A police poseur-buyer transacted with Tremotcha and Dimatulac.

After the transaction, the authorities immediately arrested the suspects.

Seized from them was a caliber .45 pistol loaded with three pieces of live ammunition.

Also recovered was a sachet of suspected shabu.

The suspects will be charged for violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

They will also face charges for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Joesph Almer Pedrajas)

Three drug peddlers arrested in buy-bust op


Three alleged drug peddlers yielded about P120,000 worth of illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City minutes after midnight on Tuesday.

Police identified the suspects as 19-year-old Kingsley Badinas; Clariz Cayetano, 28; and Rolando Cayetano, 56—all are residents of Barangay Tumana in Marikina City.

Investigation showed that at around 12:10 a.m. Tuesday, policemen conducted a sting operation against a certain Waray—later identified as Badinas—at a house he is sharing with his two cohorts.

The operation stemmed from a report of an informant on the alleged involvement of Waray in the illegal sale of drugs.

The trio were arrested shortly after Badinas handed over to an undercover cop a sachet of shabu worth P500, police said.

Recovered from the suspects where a total of 14 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P120,000. During the search, the police also found a loaded caliber .38 pistol.

They are now detained at the Marikina City Police detention cell and will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Ammunition. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)


Security guard steals P400,000 worth of M16 ammo from PH Public Safety College

A manhunt is ongoing against a security guard and his cohort, who allegedly stole more than P400,000 worth of ammunition inside the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) in Quezon City, police said on Monday.

Quezon City Police District-Cubao Police Station (PS-7) commander, Superintendent Giovanni Caliao, identified the suspect as Antonio Pepito III, a security guard of Urduja Security Agency, and a resident of Oxford Street in Cubao.

It appears that Pepito was the security guard of PPSC for the past 10 years.

According to Tomas Cunanan, PPS warehouseman, he was in Olongapo City when he decided to monitor on his cellular phone the establishment through the app of a hidden closed-circuit television installed in the stockroom.

Upon checking the real-time clip at past 1 a.m. on Sunday, he saw Pepito and his still unidentified male companion taking out boxes of M16 ammunition and loading these in a parked vehicle outside the stockroom.

The two men immediately escaped the scene and remain nowhere to be found.

Cunanan reported the incident on Monday to personnel of the police who conducted investigation on the incident.

During the probe, it was found out that the Pepito and his companion were able to steal 20 boxes of M16 ammunition worth at least P420,000.

Further investigation is underway to locate the suspects and arrest them. (Alexandria San Juan)

Four drug and gun-running suspects nabbed in Navotas and Valenzuela

Four illegal drug and gun-running suspects were collared in two separate police operations in Navotas and Valenzuela City on Monday and Tuesday.

First to be arrested were Maricel Tremotcha, 21; and Rica Mae Dimatulac, 21; in a buy-bust operation for firearm at Market 3, Barangay North Bay Boulevard North, Navotas City on Monday at about 7 p.m.

According to a report, the two are members of the Allan Metallica group, a drug-running and gun-for-hire group that operates in the Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela (Camanava) area. The suspects are also the ones who supply illegal drugs at Market 3, Navotas City, police said.

Investigation showed that the suspects were arrested after a poseur buyer bought a caliber. 45 pistol loaded with three live ammunition from them.

Two sachets of suspected shabu were also retrieved from the suspects.

Meanwhile, Aurelio Torres, 36; and Albert Torres, 39; were nabbed after police served a search warrant at their house at Disiplina Village, Barangay Bignay, Valenzuela City on Tuesday past midnight.

Police retrieved 11 sachets of suspected shabu, two caliber .38 revolvers, assorted drug paraphernalia, an unsealed sachet with traces of suspected shabu, a cellphone, and a black belt bag from the suspects’ house.

The suspects will be charged for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

QC cops arrest 11 drug personalities in series of operations

At least 11 drug suspects were arrested by the Quezon City Police in its latest anti-illegal drug operations in the City in the past 24 hours.

First to fall in the hands of Quezon City Police District-Batasan Police Station (PS-6) were Junel Leybag, 18; Harold Gonayan, 18; Richard Herado, 28; and Rowena Enriquez, 43; all from Barangay Commonwealth.

The four were arrested by the police at Spiritual Street in Payatas Road in Barangay Commonwealth at about 5:30 p.m on Monday after a concerned citizen informed them about the on-going shabu sniffing session of the suspects.

Seized from them were four sachets of shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Same operatives from PS-6 also arrested in a buy-bust Chito Gutay, 35; Juan Aquino, 35; Nico Manalo, 26; James Lopez, 42; and Robert Galvez, 32; around 9:30 p.m. at Road 1 Street in Barangay Bagong Silangan.

Authorities recovered eight sachets of shabu and the buy-bust money from the suspects who police said were newly identified drug personalities in the area.

At around 12:20 a.m. on Tuesday, anti-illegal drug operatives of Project 4  Police Station (PS-8) nabbed Jobert Manalo, 47, in a drug sting at J.P. Rizal corner Sunriser in Brgy. Milagrosa after he yielded two sachets of shabu.

Meanwhile, Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Kenneth Tolentino, 21, also in a buy-bust at 1:30 a.m. along 5th Street, Area 4, in Brgy. Pasong Tamo.

Police said the operation stemmed from a report of a concerned citizen who relayed that the suspect was having a drug peddling transaction with an unidentified suspect in the area.

Responding policemen arrested Tolentino while his other companion escaped.

Six sachets of shabu and two sachets of dried marijuana leaves were confiscated from the suspect.

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