ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 18, 2019)

Published March 18, 2019, 11:29 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Man shot dead after an argument at a party

A 54-year old man was shot dead after having an argument at a party where he allegedly pretended to be a cop Sunday night in Pasay City.

The fatality was identified by police as Larry Fortaleza, a resident of Twin Pioneer Street, Barangay 189, Zone 20, Pasay City.

Police are still looking for the suspect identified as Rey Dongon, a janitor under the JRS Management Center Agency. He is detailed at Pioneer Highlands in Mandaluyong City.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 8 in the evening along Twin Pioneer Street, Barangay 189, Zone 20, Don Carlos Village, Pasay City.

According to the police, they received a call at around 8:15 in the evening regarding an alleged indiscriminate firing. They immediately went to the area to verify the report.

Police said that prior to the incident, Fortaleza entered the house of a certain Raulito Bisnar who was hosting a birthday party. Upon entering. the victim allegedly claimed himself to be a police officer.

While at the house, Fortaleza had a heated argument with Dongon which ended with the suspect pulling out a gun and shooting the victim three times to the head and body.

After the incident, police said that Dongon quickly escaped the scene on foot towards an unknown direction. Fortaleza was brought to the Protacio Center in Parañaque Center but was declared dead on arrival. (Dhel Nazario)

Lineman shot dead by minor in Tondo

A 22-year-old lineman died after a 14-year-old boy showered him with a volley of pellets from a shotgun in Tondo, Manila last Saturday evening.

Reconiel Cruz of No. 187 Sardonyx Street in Tondo was gunned down at the corner of Osmeña and Pacheco Streets at 10:30 p.m. on Mar. 16, report showed.

According to on-case investigator Police Officer (PO) 2 Mark Daniel De Guzman of the Manila Police District (MPD) – Homicide Section, the primary suspect was in a melee with a still unidentified group when the mother of the victim stumbled for trying to stop them.

When the victim learned about this, he immediately confronted and hit the suspect.

The suspect then rushed to a motorcycle and was seen making calls through his cellphone.

Moments later, he returned already on board a motorcycle driven by his cohort identified as Johnren Aguilar Pineda, 18, dishwasher, and resident of No. 217 San Sebastian Street, Tondo.

After which, he alighted and fired several pellets of shotgun against Cruz.

Another accomplice named as Elaine Ambrosio Zamora, 19, with live-in partner, and resident of 380 Pilapil Street of the same district picked him up using black Yamaha Mio motorcycle after the victim fell to the ground and fled thereafter to the direction of Pacheco Street.

Concerned citizens chased them but they were only able to collar Zamora.

The victim, on the other hand, was brought to the Mary Johnston Hospital but was declared dead on arrival at 11:39 p.m. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds mostly at the chest.

Meanwhile, manhunt of the minor suspect and Pineda is ongoing. (Ria Fernandez)

Four teenagers nabbed for theft in Quiapo

Four teenagers were arrested for stealing a cellphone and P500 from a woman walking in front of them in Quiapo, Manila last weekend.

The suspects were composed of two girls and two boys, all 14 years old.

Police said they were spotted walking behind the female victim, who was accompanied by a companion, at Barangay 308 on Saturday night.

The victim later noticed that her cellphone and P500 placed inside her backpack were already missing.

She immediately reported the incident to Plaza Miranda Police Community Precinct (PCP).

With the help of closed-circuit television (CCTV) recordings, authorities were able to identify the suspects.

They were then nabbed at the exact place where they committed the crime.

During their interrogation with the police, the minors, who are all out-of-school youth, admitted to the illegal activity.

They said they do it out of their own will.

Records showed that they were previously arrested in Sampaloc district for the same reason but they were released after.

Meanwhile, the police were able to recover the stolen items after the suspects pointed where they sold them.

The four will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (Ria Fernandez)

Man arrested for stabbing two people in Mandaluyong

A 21-year-old man, who stabbed two men after a heated altercation, was arrested by police in Mandaluyong City Saturday, police said Monday.

Police identified the suspect as Dionie Ace Niones of Barangay Mauway, Mandaluyong City.

Initial investigation showed that Mark Kevin Dela Peña, 25, and Ariel Taghoy were drinking along Bliss Compound in Barangay Mauway when Dela Peña left to talk to a certain “Milky” across the street.

The conversation between Dela Peña and Milky, who was accompanied by Niones, resulted to a heated argument, police said.

Noticing the commotion, 32-year-old Judel Fresno, a friend of Dela Peña, approached the group, but Niones ordered him not to interfere.

Taghoy also joined the group to pacify the situation but Niones suddenly stabbed him with a knife on his upper back, police said.

Police added that the three men ran away from Niones but the suspect caught up with Fresno and stabbed him on his lower left chest.

Dela Peña aided his friend and grappled with the suspect for the weapon, but Niones got loose and escaped.

The victims were rushed to the Mandaluyong City Medical Center for treatment.

Hours later, responding policemen arrested Niones at his house but the weapon he used in the crime was never recovered.

He is now detained at the Mandaluyong City Police detention cell. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Taxi driver and cohort arrested for robbery

A taxi driver and his cohort were arrested by the police for robbing P3,000 cash from a 78-year-old woman at a grocery store in Quezon City over the weekend.

Superintendent Benjamin Gabriel, chief of Quezon City Police Station 5, identified the arrested cabbie as Pepe Buray, 47 a resident of Barangay Payatas, and his companion Junel Tagbos, 28, of Barangay Commonwealth.

Police report showed that victim Renee Ortiz was about to enter a grocery mart on the northbound of Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Greater Fairview around 10:40 a.m. on Sunday.

Minutes later, Tagbos suddenly appeared from behind and robbed the victim at gunpoint and took her mobile phone worth P11,000, two wristwatches, and wallet containing P3,000 cash, her senior citizen ID, and an ATM card.

The suspect immediately boarded a taxi driven by Buray and fled towards the opposite lane of Commonwealth Avenue.

Police officers of PS-5 patrolling in the area heard Ortiz shouting for help prompting them to tail the suspects.

The duo tried to escape and enter Doña Carmen Subdivision in Barangay Commonwealth but the security guard of the compound flagged them down where they were eventually arrested by the police.

Confiscated from them were a caliber .38 revolver without serial number and the taxi which police said they have been using as a getaway vehicle in their crimes in the area.

The suspects are now under police custody while cases of robbery hold-up and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act in relation to the Omnibus Election Code are being prepared against them. (Alexandria San Juan)

Minor nabbed for stealing a cellphone in Muntinlupa

A 17-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly stealing a mobile phone in Muntinlupa City on Saturday.

Investigation revealed that the 19-year-old victim was walking under a footbridge in Barangay Poblacion at around 6:30 p.m.

Suddenly, the suspect with two cohorts blocked her way and pointed a knife at her, police said.

According to police, the men announced the holdup and grabbed her mobile phone worth P11,000.

She immediately reported the incident to the police.

A follow-up operation was conducted that led to the arrest of the suspect.

A 12-inch knife was recovered from his possession. However, the stolen mobile was not recovered from him.

Meanwhile, his two cohorts managed to escape.

He is now under the custody of the Muntinlupa City Police.

Police said cases of robbery hold-up, and violation of the Commission on Elections’ gun ban will be filed against him.

A manhunt operation is now ongoing to arrest the other suspects who police identified as alias “Latek” and alias “Buboy”. (Michelle Guilliang)

16-year-old drug suspect hurt after being shot on the head

A 16-year-old drug suspect was injured after two unidentified men shot him inside his house at Dagat-Dagatan, Barangay North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas City on Sunday.

Police said the victim is known to be involved in illegal drug activities in the area.

Investigation showed that the victim was sleeping at his house at around 4 a.m. when two men entered through his window and shot him on the head.

The gunmen fled as the victim’s 63-year-old grandmother and the victim’s cousin brought him to Tondo General Hospital.

The victim sustained a single gunshot wound on his head and was turned over to Jose Reyes Hospital to undergo a CT scan.

Follow-up operation is ongoing to identify and arrest the assailants as investigation is ongoing. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Proof of date photo was taken required in reporting illegal campaign materials — Comelec spox

A Commission on Elections (Comelec) official said those who report illegal campaign materials through the #SumbongSaCOMELEC hashtag on Twitter must provide proof of the location and date the photo was taken.

This can be done by including the day’s newspaper or the image’s metadata in the picture, said Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez.

“Posted pictures of potential violations must be verifiable as to the date the picture was taken, in order to be prioritized for validation,” he said in a tweet.

The #SumbongSaComelec is a documenting drive that aims to take pictures of out-of-place and out-of-size campaign materials. The Comelec forwards all reports to the appropriate field offices so they can take down the posters and tarpaulins.

The Comelec spokesman said in previous interviews that all the campaign materials that have been taken down are being kept in an inventory to be used as evidence when the agency files charges against the candidates later on.

Jimenez said photos of potential violations without proof of the date the photo was taken will not be rejected. However, the Comelec will require the one who posted the photo to submit additional information that can prove when the picture was taken.

Anonymous accounts are also welcome to report but will be required to submit their names and contact information that the Comelec will treat as confidential information, he added.

“An unsubstantiated allegation of date and location of the potential violation being reported will not qualify as ‘verifiable information,'” Jimenez said.

“An anonymous account’s bare assertion doesn’t quite qualify, FYI,” he added.

Jimenez said reports of illegal campaign materials with verifiable information will be priotitized because the Comelec does not “have unlimited resources to chase down every picture posted online.” (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Motorcycle rider dead after road mishap

A motorcycle rider died after colliding and eventually being run over by a trailer truck in Parañaque City, police reported yesterday.

The fatality was identified as Jonathan Toledo, 20, a resident of M.L. Quezon Street, New Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.  The truck driver was identified as Teddy Sacro, 50, a resident of 7th Street Chicago, Port Area, Manila.

Investigation disclosed that the incident occurred at around 11:40 in the morning along the East Service Road, Barangay San Martin De Porres, Parañaque City.

Closed-circuit television footage acquired from the barangay showed that prior to the incident, both vehicles were traversing the same direction heading south of Parañaque City.

Toledo was driving a Rusi Motorcycle with no plate number while Sacro was manning a Fuso Tractor Head with trailer.

Police said that upon reaching the front of the United Hills Church of the Nazarene, the vehicles made contact with each other as the trailer truck tried to overtake the motorcycle.


Due to the impact, the motorcycle plunged to the ground going underneath the trailer truck. Police said that the victim had his head deformed after he was run over by the truck.

He was still brought to the Ospital ng Parañaque and was declared dead on arrival. The truck driver was then brought to the Parañaque City Police as well as his vehicle, while the motorcycle remains under the custody of the barangay.

The driver will be facing charges of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Homicide. (Dhel Nazario)

Man arrested for illegal possession of firearms and illegal drugs in Muntinlupa

A 34-year-old man was arrested after illegal firearms and sachets of illegal drugs were recovered from his possession in Muntinlupa City on Sunday.

Police Lt. Col. Maurito Caranguian identified the arrested as Edison Sison, resident of Southville 3, NHA, Brgy. Poblacion, Muntinlupa City.

Investigation revealed that he was arrested at his residence by virtue of a search warrant at around 9:30 p.m.

A.38 revolver with two live bullets, one improvised firearm known as “sumpak,” two sachets of suspected shabu, one glass tube with traces of suspected marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were seized from him.

Reports said that Sison and the confiscated items were brought to the Station Investigation Unit of the Muntinlupa city police station for proper disposition.

A complaint for Violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him via an inquest proceeding before the City Prosecutor’s Office of Muntinlupa City. (Michelle Guillang)

13 people arrested in drug den raid

At least 13 drug suspects were nabbed by joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Quezon City Police Station 10 (PS-10) during a raid in an alleged drug den in Barangay Pinyahan Sunday afternoon.

Quezon City Police District director, Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., said personnel of PS-10 assisted agents of PDEA-National Capital Region in the implementation of a search warrant issued by Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 88 in an infotmal settler’s area at NIA Road in Barangay Pinyahan around 3 p.m.

During the service of the warrant, authorities raid the area which resulted in the arrest of Edrian Ratpa, 24, Mark Paul Torres, 24, Journal Busarang, 21, Joel Pascaso, 39, Roy Conde, 21, Crisnita Busarang, 53, Maricel Montales, 40, Biejay Clarito, 19, Renato Curot, 50, Ryan Parungao, 30, Joseph Dioquino, 31, Joseph Eguna, 36, Bienvenido Calonya, 56, all residents of Barangay Pinyahan.

Seized from the group were 42 sachets of shabu, four opened sachets also with traces of shabu, seven aluminum foil strips, six disposable lighters and an ice pick.

The suspects and the seized evidences were brought to PDEA and will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Alexandria San Juan)