ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 15, 2019)

Published March 15, 2019, 10:44 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Jeepney-driving drug peddler arrested in San Juan City


A jeepney driver, who allegedly sold drugs to other jeepney drivers, was arrested by police in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City Wednesday.

Senior Supt. Ariel Fulo, San Juan City Police chief, identified the suspect as Erlando Alibo alias Oyong, 52, of Barangay Plainview in Mandaluyong City.

Investigation showed that at around 4 p.m. Wednesday, the police conducted a sting operation against Alibo at the corner of N. Domingo Street and Lt. Artiaga Street in Barangay Corazon, San Juan City.

“The suspect was believed to be catering to drug-using jeepney drivers, particularly those plying the N. Domingo Street,” Fulo said.

Alibo, he said, was shadowed for weeks after they received a report that he was involved with illegal drug activities in the area.

The police chief also revealed that the suspect was not on their watch list of suspected drug personalities.

“[He] is a newly-identified [drug] personality,” Fulo said.

Alibo is now detained at the San Juan City Police detention cell. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Botched operation led to arrest of fake doctor

An alleged fake doctor was arrested in Pasay City over a complaint of botched breast enlargement from a businesswoman who he operated on.

Four years after her operation, the businesswoman felt pain and noticed coagulation or blood clotting in her operated breasts.

Major Wilfredo Sangel, chief of the Pasay police investigation section, identified the suspect as Crisanto Ordono, 34, a resident of Zapote, Las Piñas City. He was arrested during an entrapment operation inside a hotel room in Pasay City at around 4:00 p.m.

The operation stemmed from the complaint of alias “Karen”, 37. She underwentat least 10 operations with Ordono and paid P150,000 for the whole procedure.

Karen paid P4,000 to P10,000 for every session which were done in a hotel room.

According to her, she met Ordono in 2015 through a friend who also went under operation with him.

On March 6, she noticed that blood clots have formed in her breasts. Thus, she asked Ordono to remove the oil silicone he injected in her breasts.

Ordono agreed and said that he will do it free of charge. However, he offered her another operation, a buttocks enhancement for P10,000.

Police said this was when Karen began suspecting if he is a real doctor, so she went to the Professional Regulation Commission to confirm if he is a licensed doctor.

There, she found that Ordono is not registered in the agency, thus not a real medical doctor.

This prompted her to report the incident to the Pasay City Police.

As part of the sting, she agreed to meet with Ordono in a hotel room in Pasay City, which led to his arrest.

The police also arrested his boyfriend who they identified as Adrian Gorbin for being an accessory to the crime. According to the police, Gorbin is Ordono’s alleged cohort in his illegal medical activities.

According to police, cases of estafa and violation of Republic Act 2382 or the Medical Act of 1959 will be charged against Ordono. (Michelle Guillang)

Senior citizen caught in a scuffle died

A male senior citizen lost his balance and eventually died when a 20-year-old man tried to grab a broomstick from him to hit an enemy in front of a beer house in Intramuros, Manila on Thursday morning.

The fatality was identified as Benito Sano, 71, vendor, and resident of Taguig City.

Investigation disclosed that the suspect, Florencio Rivera of Binondo, was having a verbal tussle with a certain Mark Anthony Merculio due to the former’s alleged bad stares outside Beer Garden along P. Burgos Street in the wee hours of the morning of Mar. 14.

At the height of confrontation, Rivera attempted to snatch the broomstick from Sano, who was just a few steps away from him, to strike Merculio.

However, Sano resisted causing him to stumble on the ground.

While Rivera’s attention was on Sano, Merculio took the opportunity to hit him with a broken bottle on the face and left elbow.

The two were then arrested and turned over to Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide Section for proper disposition.

Meanwhile, a concerned citizen brought Sano to the Philippine General Hospital at 4 a.m. but he succumbed to his injuries two hours later.

The victim’s body was transferred by relatives to St. Peter Funeral Parlor in Las Piñas City for autopsy and burial services. (Ria Fernandez)

Man arrested for molesting daughter, niece

A 42-year-old man who allegedly molested his daughter and his niece was arrested by authorities in Valenzuela City on Wednesday morning.

Investigation showed that the 13-year-old niece was sleeping when she was awaken and saw her uncle reportedly touching her private parts at around 4 a.m. in Bignay, Valenzuela.

A police report added that the 15-year-old daughter of the suspect also filed a complaint against him for allegedly touching her breast last Nov. 21, 2018.

Upon learning of the incident, the suspect’s wife confronted him, a heated argument ensued between the two. The suspect then reportedly threatened to kill his wife by aiming a pair of scissors at her.

The wife immediately called the authorities that led to his arrest.

The suspect was brought to the Women and Children Protection Desk of the Valenzuela City Police for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

77-year-old man, 2 others, arrested for drugs

Three drug suspects, including a 77-year-old man, were nabbed in a police operation along M. Valle Street, West Lean, Barangay Tangos South Navotas City on Thursday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as D-Bert Samalea, alias “Majinbu,” 39, resident of Tulay 5, Barangay Daang-hari, Navotas City; Mark Delima, alias “Macmac,” 38, resident of Gov. Pascual, Barangay San Jose, Navotas City; both pedicab drivers; and Filomeno Ramos, alias “Ompong,” jobless, resident of the said area.

Elements of the Navotas City Police Station and PCP-2 were conducting Oplan Galugad at the area at about 5:35 p.m.

They then chanced upon the three suspects reportedly engaged in a pot session at Ramos’ house.

Two unopened sachets with traces of suspected shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia were recovered from the suspects.

The seized pieces of evidence were brought to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office at Camp Crame in Quezon City 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)

Gun found in woman’s bag at MRT3 station

A female security guard was arrested after a gun was detected inside her bag at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Taft Avenue station in Pasay City Friday.

Police said Emelyn Batocabe Zapra, 28, is assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 and the gun found from her bag was her service firearm.

However, she failed to present documents that can prove that she is exempted for the election gun ban, according to police.

Zapra was called out by the duty guard after a .9mm pistol and eight live bullets were detected inside her backpack through the X-ray scanner at the station.

Zapra said she did not know that her gun was inside her bag.

She said she must have placed it there when she changed clothes while inside a comfort room.

Zapra detained by the Pasay City police for inquest proceedings.

Police said she will be charged with violation of the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act in relation to the Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines. (Michelle Guillang)

Drug dealer sentenced to life imprisonment

A Manila court sentenced a drug dealer to life imprisonment while his three cohorts were meted with 15 years for selling shabu in 2014.

A decision released by Judge Emilio Legaspi III of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 13, convicted Irene Reyes after finding her guilty beyond reasonable doubt of violating Sections 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002.

She was immediately sent to the Correctional Institute for Women, where she is to serve her life sentence.

Her other co-accused, namely Pablito Dulay, Andres Santos and Angelito Sicat were sent to the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) where they will each serve 15-year jail terms.

Reyes was fined P600,000, while Dulay, Santos and Sicat were ordered to pay P350,000 each for their crime.

Court records show the suspects were arrested during an anti-criminality operation conducted by Manila Police District 2 Station Anti-Illegal Drugs unit on December 2014 in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Seized from them was one plastic bag with 50.75 grams of shabu. (Erma Edera)

Buy-bust operation nets two drug pushers with 15 sachets of shabu

At least 15 sachets of suspected shabu were recovered from two alleged drug pushers in Malabon City on Thursday morning.

The Malabon City Police (MCP) identified the suspects as Erwin Arcega, 40, resident of Bulacan; and Mark Larede, 27, resident of Malabon.

A police report showed that a police poseur buyer transacted with the two at Barangay Tugatog, Malabon at around 4:10 a.m.

After the transaction, operatives of the MCP Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) immediately arrested the suspects.

Recovered them were 15 sachets of suspected shabu.

The suspects are now under the police custody while the seized items are brought to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Teacher arrested for alleged rape of student

A senior high school teacher wanted for allegedly raping his 17-year-old student last year, was arrested by police in San Juan City Friday before noon.

Senior Supt. Ariel Fulo, San Juan City Police chief, identified the suspect as Zamir Laud, 27, single, of Barangay Sta. Lucia in San Juan City.

Armed with an arrest warrant, policemen nabbed Laud, who is a Science and Research teacher at a public high school in San Juan, inside his boarding house at around 11:40 a.m. on Friday, Fulo said.

Judge Mary Catherine Noblejas-Garcia of San Juan City Regional Trial Court Branch 14-FC issued the warrant of arrest against Laud for the charge of rape, on Feb. 21, 2019.

Based on court records, Laud was accused by a 17-year-old girl for allegedly raping her inside his boarding house on August 13, 2018 at around 6 p.m.

Investigation showed that the girl went to the teacher’s boarding house to reportedly talk about her problems.

During their conversation, the suspect allegedly made sexual advances to the victim, a police report read.

“The suspect denied the charges,” Fulo said.

However, a report from the medico-legal officer of the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory showed that the victim was raped, the police report read.

“The suspect is now detained at the San Juan City Police custodial facility,” Fulo said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)