ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 14, 2019)

Published March 15, 2019, 12:04 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Data analyst nabbed for sextortion in Pasay

A data analyst was arrested in Pasay City after he allegedly threatened a woman to leak her nude photos and videos online for sexual favors.

The suspect allegedly blackmailed a 19-year-old woman that if she refused to have sex with him, then her intimate photos and videos will be uploaded online.

Police arrested as Renz Marion Abelardo, 21, a native of Pampanga, during an entrapment operation inside a hotel room in Pasay City at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The operation stemmed from the complaint of alias “Shiela Mae”, whom he tried to extort sex from.

According to Shiela Mae, she met Abelardo on Facebook. Abelardo demanded her to send such images after she was told that he had access to her account.

Shiela Mae then sought help from the police and agreed to meet with Abelardo in a hotel in Pasay City that led to his immediate arrest.

He will be charged with violations of the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009, acts of lasciviousness, and grave coercion. (Michelle Guillang)

Chinese national arrested for possession of fake bills

A Chinese national was arrested in Las Piñas City after 100 pieces of fake P1,000 bills were recovered from his possession on Wednesday.

He was identified as Qijun Wang, 55, translator, married, a resident of Caloocan City.

Investigation revealed that Wang was initially apprehended for giving a fake P1,000 bill to pay for his meals at China Food City in Barangay Almanza 1 at around 7:30 p.m.

He was then brought to the police station where 100 pieces of the fake P1,000 bills were retrieved from him.

According to Police Colonel Simnar Gran, chief of the Las Piñas police, Wang claimed that his employer gave the fake money to him as his salary.

He was turned over to the Station Investigation Division Management Branch (SIDMB) of the Las Piñas City Police for proper disposition.

He will be charged with violation of illegal possession and use of false treasury or bank notes. (Michelle Guillang)

San Juan cops arrest man wanted for extortion

A man who has been wanted for robbery extortion for four years was arrested by the San Juan City Police Wednesday.

The man had claimed that he is a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and had demanded about P500,000 from an engineer, even threatening harm to his family.

Senior Supt. Ariel Fulo, San Juan City Police chief, identified the suspect as Mario Luis Gonzales, 67, of Barangay Sta. Lucia in San Juan City.

Armed with an arrest warrant, members of San Juan City Police Warrant and Subpoena Unit led by SPO4 Eduardo Fronda nabbed Gonzales at his house around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday

“The operation was launched after authorities received a tip that Gonzales was seen in the neighborhood and after a month-long of surveillance,” Fulo said.

Judge Maximo Leon of Makati City Regional Trial Court Branch 143 issued the warrant of arrest against Gonzales for robbery extortion, on November 17, 2017.

Court records showed that on April 21, 2015 in Makati City, Gonzales and two other suspects had demanded P550,000 from Noel Franco, an engineer at a construction firm, as a form of support for their cause.

“The suspects who claimed to be members of the Central Committee of the CPP-NPA contacted Franco through his cellphone and demanded for the said amount to aid the revolutionary movement,” Fulo said.

“The suspect even threatened Franco to kill his family if he refused to give their demand,” he added.

A report showed that his two cohorts were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation in an entrapment operation in Makati City, but Gonzales was able to escape.

“After four years of hiding, Gonzales was nabbed [and will now] serve his sentence,” Fulo said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man arrested for using counterfeit money in Pasay

A supposed stroke of luck quickly turned bleak for a man after he was arrested on Wednesday for using counterfeit bills to buy a bus ticket in Pasay City.

The man was identified Nurhan Nur, 25. Police recovered from Nur P48,500 worth of counterfeit money which according to him, was from a man he met in Quiapo.

According to the report submitted by Police Col. Bernard Yang, Nur was arrested by police after receiving a report from a cashier inside the Grand Courier Terminal at around 4:15 p.m.

Police said that cashier Enrico Catienza informed them about the fake money after the suspect purchased a bus ticket.

Authorities recovered from a bag Nur was carrying a piece of P1,000 bill; 30 pieces of P500 bill; 150 pieces of of P200 bill; and 50 pieces of P50 bill.

Nur said that he lend a man P5,000 and left him with the fake cash. He, however, cannot identify the man.

He will be facing charges in violation of Article 168 of the Revised Penal Code or the Illegal Possession and Use of False Treasury or Bank Notes and other Instruments of Credit. (Dhel Nazario)

Drug personalities caught in Caloocan

A police chase against an alleged drug pusher has led to the arrest of seven more drug personalities, including a minor, who were caught engaging in a shabu session in Caloocan City on Wednesday morning.

Caloocan City Police (CCP) identified the suspects as Rosemarie De Vere, 42; Jefferson Samson, 31; Leonard Limbos, 22; Alex Baldero, 27; Jemarson Contante, 35; Jesle Samson, 23; Ivy Nilla, 25; and a certain MJ, 17.

Investigation showed that operatives of the CCP Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted a buy bust operation against De Vere at Barangay 160, Caloocan City at around 10:30 a.m.

During the transaction, De Vere sensed that she was dealing with the authorities.

A police chase ensued when she tried to run.

De Vere was cornered at a house in Libis Baesa where the police caught seven more drug personalities in the act of sniffing suspected shabu.

Recovered from there two sealed sachets of suspected shabu, an empty sachet of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia.

The arrested suspects and the confiscated items are now under the police custody, while the arrested minor will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for proper disposition.

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

Basketball referee shot dead in QC

A basketball referee was shot dead by a still unidentified gunman in Quezon City on Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators of Quezon City Police District identified the victim as Christopher Pilapilan, 43, a basketball referee and a resident of Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City.

Police investigation showed that Pilapilan succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds on his head and body.

According to residents of Pluto Street near corner Mindanao Avenue, where the incident happened, they heard several gunshot wounds at past 5:40 p.m.

Upon checking, they already saw the bloodied body of the victim sprawled kn the pavement.

Meanwhile, an unidentified man described by witnesses wearing a black sando, a green basketball short pants, and a black cap was seen running away from the crime scene heading towards Mindanao Avenue.

Investigators recovered in scene four fired bullets of caliber .45 pistol.

It was also noted that the victim suffered from two gunshot wounds on his chest and his back, and one on his forehead, on his left temple, and on the back of his head.

Probers have yet to establish a motive behind the incident as further investigation is ongoing.

Police are also gathering clips from a closed-circuit television in the area to identify and arrest the gunman. (Alexandria San Juan)

23 drug personalities arrested in QC

A total of 49 sachets of illegal drugs were seized from 23 drug suspects, including two siblings, who were arrested by the Quezon City police in its series of drug stings in the past 24 hours.

Quezon City Police District director, Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., identified the arrested siblings as Jeofrey Almonte, 24, and Joan Almonte, 21, both residents of Brgy. Damayan.

The Almonte siblings were nabbed in a buy-bust operation conducted by Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) near their house at Caragay Street around 9:25 p.m., Wednesday.

Police said that the two were included in the drug watchlist of their Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC). Five sachets of shabu were seized from the duo.

Same operatives from PS-3 also arrested Harold Aquino, 32, and Franelyn Mangadap, 42, both from Brgy. Pasong Tamo, in a buy-bust at Violet St. Pingkian Village III around 1:30 a.m., Thursday.

Authorities confiscated from them six sachets of shabu, a motorcycle, some drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.

In Novaliches Police Station (PS-4), anti-narcocics personnel collared in a drug sting Reynaldo Sangoyo, 52, July Dlamante, 38, Jhunielyn Galladan, 21, Carlo Camill, 31, and Joaquin Verde, 19, after they yielded five sachets of shabu, and an opened sachet with traces of shabu at Kilyawan Taas Arguagente in Brgy. Sta. Monica around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday.

At around 9:30 p.m. also on Wednesday, members of Fairview Police Station (PS-5) Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) took custody of Romulo Palaypay, 33, and Dino Malto, 53, after public safety officers of Brgy. North Fairview caught them in the act of sniffing shabu at Drachma Street Phase 8.

Confiscated from them were aluminum foils with traces of shabu and other drug paraphernalia.


In Brgy. E. Rodriguez, personnel of Cubao Police Station (PS-7) nabbed Regie Noveno, 39, a member of Batang City Jail after authorities seized from him 14 sachets of shabu during a buy-bust at Oxford Street near corner Aurora Boulevard around 3:20 p.m., Wednesday.

PS-7 personnel also arrested Reggie Cartalla, 26, and Jonathan Cabuñag, 49, in a drug bust on the corner of Aurora Boulevard and Imperial Street about 12:15 a.m. Thursday.

Seized were nine sachets of shabu, a cellular phone and the marked money.

In Kamuning Police Station (PS-10), SDEU members arrested Arnold Acibar, 39, who was included in the police drug watchlist, and his companion Padshar Abdulkahil, 40, during a drug sting at Sunflower Street in Brgy. Central around 8:30 p.m., Wednesday.

Same operatives aloso nabbed in a buy-bust Arby Villamor, 27, around 12:30 a.m., Thursday at NIA Road in Brgy. Pinyahan.

PS-10 personnel seized a total of five sachets of shabu from the arrested suspects.

In Barangay Tatalon, SDEU officers of Galas Police Station (PS-11) arrested John Belmonte, 24, Jomel Tiguelo, 20, Patrick Nudo, 18, Vincent Mandras, 18, and a 16-year-old female at ROTC Hunters Street around 11:40 p.m., Wednesday.

Police said a concerned citizen reported that the group were smoking marijuana at the area where they were caught in the act, resulting in their arrest.

Confiscated from them were three plastic sachets of dried marijuana leaves, an opened plastic sachet of dried marijuana leaves, and some drug paraphernalia.

PS-11 personnel also arrested in Barangay Tatalon Erlinda Mameng, 58, at Cluster 4, Manunggal Street around 5:10 a.m., Thursday after she yielded two sachets of shabu.

Arrested drug suspects are now under police custody and were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

While the minor was turned over to Quezon City Social Services and Development Department for proper intervention. (Alexandria San Juan)

Korean national wanted for fraud nabbed after 3 years

After three years of hiding, a Korean national, who is facing cases of fraud in his country, was arrested in a condominium in Makati City last Wednesday afternoon.

The fugitive was identified as Kim Youngin, 41, single, jobless, and a resident of Unit 914, One Rockwell, West Tower, Makati City.

He was first spotted along Ermita, Manila before he proceeded to his condominium on Mar. 13, police said.

At 3:30 p.m. of the said date, joint operatives of the Manila Police District, Bureau of Immigration (BI) and Korean Police came to his place and served the Mission Order (MO) issued by Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente on Feb. 27 leading to his arrest.

According to BI, the suspect was charged with the crime of voice phishing and swindling his compatriots engaged in telecommunications amounting to $530,000 in 2016. (Ria Fernandez)