ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 16, 2019)

Published March 16, 2019, 9:27 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

2 criminal group members join cohorts in jail

Another two members of an active criminal group, who were cohorts of the two women arrested four days ago, were apprehended by the police in Malabon City on Friday.

The Malabon City police identified those arrested as Marvin Velasco, 24, resident of Malabon; and Jonathan Juatan, 28, resident of Caloocan.

A police report disclosed that they were both members of Allan Mettalica, an active drug and gun-for-hire syndicate operating in CAMANAVA areas, whose two other members were also apprehended in a police buy bust in Navotas City on Monday.

The report added that Velasco and Juatan were also allegedly involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in Barangay Longos, Malabon.

Investigation showed that operatives of the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit conducted a buy bust operation, with the help of an informant, against the two for selling of unlicensed firearms.

A police poseur-buyer transacted with the two in a house in Barangay Longos at around 11 p.m.

After the transaction, the authorities immediately arrested the suspects.

Seized from them was a caliber .38 revolver.

Also recovered was a sachet of suspected shabu.

The suspects and the pieces of evidence are now under the police custody for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

3 drug peddlers fall in buy-buy operation in Muntinlupa

Three alleged drug peddlers were arrested in a buy-bust operation by anti-narcotics operatives in Muntinlupa City on Friday.

The suspects were identified as Tito Panilong, 42; Lino Galo, 57; and Ariel Castrence, 39.

Investigation showed that the operation was launched at around 10:20 in the evening at Purok 2, Aplaya Sucat, Muntinlupa City.

Members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted a buy-bust operation at Barangay Cupang which resulted to the arrest of the suspects.

Police recovered three heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu.

Cases in violation of Sections 5 and 11 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act are being readied against the suspects. (Dhel Nazario)

Unidentified woman killed in an accident along España Boulevard, Manila

A woman was killed after being hit by a provincial passenger bus while crossing the street along España Boulevard in Sampaloc, Manila on Saturday early morning.

The police identified the suspect as Nicasio Ranay Tumolva Jr.,39, married and resident of Ilagan, Isabela. He is the driver of a Victory Liner bus with plate number of CXS954V-1. However, the fatality remains unidentified.

Initial investigation showed that at around 3:30 a.m. on March 16, the bus was traversing westward along España Boulevard, Sampaloc Manila while the victim was crossing from south to northward of España corner Maceda Street.

Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau said that when the bus reached the intersection of the roadway, its left front portion hit the victim.

Responders from the Philippine National Red Cross rushed the victim to the  Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center for medical treatment but she later died from her injuries.

The driver will be facing charges of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Homicide. (Erma Edera)

Drug session busted by a call from an informant

Acting on an anonymous tip about the illegal drug activities in their area, police caught three men while in the middle of a pot session in Pasay City on Friday.

Investigation showed that the suspects were arrested by the members of the Baclaran Police Community Precinct (PCP) at a house in Barangay 145, Sto. Niño, Pasay City at around 8 p.m.

Police identified those arrested as Lito Lllager, 41, sidecar driver, of Barangay 145, Sto. Niño, Pasay City; Ricky Raquel, 48, taxi driver, of Barangay Poblacion 1, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Cavite; and Michael Lindo, 36, vendor, a native of Arayat, Pampanga.

Patrolman Roberto Agustin Jr. of the Baclaran PCP said a caller informed the police of an ongoing pot session at a house along Lawaan Street at about 7:50 p.m.

Upon verification, police were immediately dispatched to the area where they caught Llager, Raquel, and Lindo in the act of sniffing illegal drugs.

Recovered from them were one sachet of suspected shabu, one strip of aluminum foil containing traces of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia.

Police said they will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Michelle Guillang)

Drug user stabbed by roommate to death

A suspected drug user died after his roommate allegedly stabbed him multiple times on the body early Saturday morning.

The fatality was identified as Pepito Pantaleon, 45. He was a pedicab driver who last resided at C2 Road, 419, Victor Lopez in Tondo, Manila.

Ernet Tan, the sister of the victim, pointed at his brother’s roommate only known as “Waray” as the suspect.

In her judicial affidavit, she said that the two were having an argument as Pantaleon asked money from Waray at around 2 a.m. on Mar. 16.

Moments later, she heard that her brother’s door slammed with a bang and chairs and bottles were being thrown.

When she peeped from her sleeping quarter, she saw the suspect coming out of their room with his left hand covered with a white towel.

Pantaleon, on the other hand, seemed to have fallen on the ground but she just ignored it and went back to sleep.

A few minutes after, the police and barangay officers came and woke her up with the news that her sibling was found sprawled on the pavement outside their house.

Pantaleon was rushed to Tondo General Hospital but he eventually succumbed to his wombs.

It was learned that the suspect recently got out from detention at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

His relationship with the victim is yet to be established but on-case investigator Police Officer (PO) 1 Camilo Ross Cunanan said that Pantaleon’s place was being used as a drug den.

Meanwhile, Tan said that days prior to the incident the two also had a quarrel over “shabu”.

“Pagkatapos nilang mag-shabu dito muli [silang] nagtalo…sinunok ni Waray si kuya dahil nakulangan [siya] ng tama ng shabu (After they sniffed shabu, they had a heated argument… Waray punched my brother as he was not satisfied with the effect of shabu),” her statement read.

Further investigation continues as a manhunt for the suspect is ongoing. (Ria Fernandez)

Butcher arrested for possession of a deadly weapon

A butcher who was about to enter a mall in Pasay City was arrested after a deadly weapon was caught in his possession on Friday.

An improvised 12-inch ice pick was seized from him while he was about to enter One Shopping Centre in Kapitan Ambo, Pasay City at around 12:00 p.m., according to police.

Police identified the suspect as Jhonny Cayetano, 35, a resident of Barangay 145, Sto. Niño, Pasay City.

According to Police Senior Master Sergeant Nestor Rubel, case investigator, Cayetano had a fight with his wife moments before he went to the mall.

He said Cayetano was not in the right state of mind as his wife just left him and brought with her their two-month-old baby.

Investigation revealed that the security guard who police identified as Santiago Gannaban felt the weapon in Cayetano’s pants upon inspection at the mall’s entrance.

Cayetano is now under the custody of the Pasay City Police.

He will be charged with violation of B.P. Blg. 6 in relation to RA 7166 or the Omnibus Election Code. (Michelle Guillang)

Six drug suspects were arrested during anti-criminality operations in Manila

Six drug suspects were arrested during Manila Police’s anti-criminality operations in the city capital on Friday.

Police caught Carlo Suguitan, a 38-year-old dishwasher, selling illegal drugs to Ismael Castor, Bermon Paul Nonato—who are both 38 and pedicab drivers — and Broyli Duterte, 25 and construction worker.

The incident happened at around 12:10 a.m. yesterday along San Andres Street near corner Ma. Orosa Street in Malate district.

Six small sachets of shabu were seized from them.

Suguitan was charged with violation of Section 5, Article II of the Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 while the others were charged under section 11 of the same article.

Meanwhile, another batch of drug suspects was collared at 8 p.m. along Algeciras Street near Corner Calamba Street of Barangay 497, Zone 49, Sampaloc.

Authorities recovered two pieces of shabu with an estimated value of P400 from Clifford Navarro, 48, painter; and, Ejan Mandeheg, vendor.

Cases for possession of illegal drugs are now being readied against them. (Ria Fernandez)

Pedicab driver stabbed fellow driver who ran amok

The police are hunting down a man who reportedly stabbed to death his fellow pedicab driver in Navotas City on Friday evening.

The Navotas City Police identified the victim as Roderick Andres and the suspect as Rey Arizala, alias Kaka, both residents of the said city.

Police Corporal JR Mawi-it, the investigator on the case, said that the victim ran amok before the incident happened in Barangay San Jose, Navotas at around 6 p.m.

The victim’s wife told the police that her husband had no sleep for two days.

She added that her husband was suspected to be an illegal drug user.

Investigation showed that the suspect’s father first tried to pacify the victim.

However, upon confrontation, a heated argument between the two ensued that led to a fistfight.

Arizala saw the incident and immediately grabbed an ice pick. He then went to the scene and repeatedly stabbed the victim in different parts of his body, including his head and his chest.

The victim was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

The police are now hunting down the suspect who managed to escape. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Drug personality yield firearms and ammunition in a raid

Twelve firearms and 492 pieces of ammunition were seized from a drug surrenderer’s house along Roberto Street, Sitio Sto. Rosario, Maysan, Valenzuela City.

Police identified the suspect as Ariel Alberto, 48, driver.

Police said the suspect was a drug surrenderer in 2016 and graduated from a community-based rehabilitation program last year.

Elements of the PCP-10 served a search warrant for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition penned by Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court Branch 177 presiding Judge Maria Nena Santos at Alberto’s house at 1 p.m.

A 12-gauge shotgun, two caliber .22 rifles, four caliber .38 revolvers, a caliber .32 revolver, a caliber .22 revolver, two QMM caliber pistols, and a replica of an air pistol were retrieved from the suspect’s house.

Also recovered were 96 pieces of 12 gauge shots, 72 pieces of caliber .38 ammunition, 95 pieces of caliber .22 magnum ammunition, 163 pieces of caliber .22 ammunition, 50 pieces of caliber .32 ammunition, 16 pieces of caliber 380 ammunition, and five caliber .38 revolver holsters.

The suspect and the pieces of evidence were brought to the Valenzuela City Police Station Investigation Unit for proper disposition.

Alberto will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Chinese employee robs employer of P3 million

A Chinese call center agent of a gaming corporation was arrested by the police after he allegedly stole more than P3 million worth of cash and mobile phones from his company in Quezon City.

Investigation of the Quezon City Police District identified the suspect as Xu Zhi Ye, 18, and was employed as the Chinese Customer Service Representative of Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corporation.

It also appears that Xu was a stay-in employee at the said company located at Eastwood Global Plaza in Barangay Bagumbayan.

Police report showed that the company’s cashier, Raymond Zhang, went outside of the office around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday for his break and left the drawers on his table unlocked.

When he checked the drawer upon returning, he discovered that the paper bag containing the company’s payroll money amounting to P3 million and four Xiaomi mobile phones worth P80,000 were missing.

He immediately informed their security officers about the incident.

According to their internal security personnel, he was roving inside their office around 9 a.m. the same day when he saw Xu standing at the side of Zhang’s table.

The officer also bared that he noticed Xu opening the drawer of the table and took a paper bag which he placed inside his bag before leaving the place.

The personnel explained he ignored what he saw thinking that the table was Xu’s.

Zhang and the company’s security officers immediately went to the barracks of the suspect where they spotted Xu holding the stolen mobile phones.

Xu was placed under custody of the security officers where they seized from him a bundle of cash amounting to P100,000 with Zhang’s signature.

However, authorities failed to recover the payroll money from the suspect.

He was turned over to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of QCPD in Camp Karingal where he is currently detained while further investigation is ongoing. (Alexandria San Juan)