ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 19, 2019)

Published March 19, 2019, 10:47 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

AWOL cop arrested for not turning over service firearm


An AWOL (absent without official leave) policeman, charged for failing to turnover his service firearm, was arrested by the intelligence operatives of Eastern Police District (EPD) in Pasig City Monday.


EPD Director Chief Supt. Christopher Tambungan identified the erring cop as PO3 Fernando Usita, who was previously assigned at EPD headquarters in Pasig City.


Armed with an arrest warrant, members of the EPD Intelligence Unit arrested Usita, who was processing his papers for his reinstatement, in Pasig City at around 12:45 p.m. Monday.


Hon. Judge Rolando De Guzman of Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 72 in Pasig City issued the arrest warrant against Usita for malversation of government property due to failure of surrendering his service firearm, on Nov. 5, 2018 with a recommended bail of P36,000.


“Usita was AWOL since May 2018,” Tambungan said. “He was AWOL due to (an undisclosed) personal reason.”


When asked by this reporter why Usita did not return his firearm, Tambungan said: “Hindi niya daw alam kung saan niya isasauli (He said he doesn’t know where to return it).”


“Isang malaking kalukuhan yan. Ang tagal-tagal niya na sa serbisyo. PO3 na nga yan eh (That is a big lie. He already served for a long time. He is already a PO3),” Tambungan said, adding that Usita served for “more or less 10 years.”


“Aside from administrative case for his absence without official leave, the EPD filed a criminal case, the malversation of government property, against Usita,” the EPD chief said.


Usita is now detained at Pasig City Police detention cell.


Meanwhile, in a follow-up operation that same day, his service firearm—a caliber 9mm Glock 17 pistol—was recovered at the cop’s house in Barangay Pinuhay, Baras town, Rizal Province.


“We will subject his gun for ballistic and cross examination,” Tambungan said. (John Aldrin Casinas)

Couple nabbed in buy-bust op


A couple, previously arrested for drug-related charges, was again behind bars following their arrest in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City Monday night.

Senior Supt. Ariel Fulo, San Juan City Police chief, identified the suspects as Luisito Pancho, 54, and Teresita Santiago, 53, of Barangay Batis, San Juan City.

Investigation showed that at around 10 p.m. Monday, the police arrested the couple along F. Manalo Street in Barangay Batis shortly after handing over to a police poseur buyer a sachet of illegal drugs.

Fulo said the two were previously jailed at San Juan City Police for drug-related charges in 2017, but they were released after posting bail.

“The couple were both runners of illegal drugs catering to cockfighting aficionados,” the police chief revealed.

“Pancho is also a notorious drug user in their barangay,” he added.

Recovered from the couple were three sachets of suspected shabu.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the duo, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Three tricycle drivers arrested while having a pot session in Manila

Three tricycle drivers, two of them were included in the drug watchlist, were arrested by police after they were allegedly caught in the middle of a pot session along Sampaloc, Manila on Monday.

The police identified the suspects as Mark Joseph Alinton, 32; Mark Derrick Mascarinas, 43, watchlisted and Jerold Mascarinas, 37, watchlisted—all residents of Sampaloc, Manila.

Investigation showed that Sampaloc Police Station police operatives were conducting an anti-criminality operation when they received a tip from a concerned citizen that there was an ongoing pot session inside a house located along Buenos Aires Street, Sampaloc Manila at around 12:30 p.m. on March 18.

Seized from the suspects were one sachet of suspected shabu, one improvised aluminum foil tooter, three strips of aluminum foil and two disposable lighters.

They were brought to Sampaloc Police Station for temporary detention.

A case for Violation of Sections 12 and 14 of Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs are being prepared for filing before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects. (Erma Edera)

Two village watchmen nabbed for extortion

Two village watchmen of Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City were arrested in an entrapment operation after allegedly extorting P30,000 from the family of a drug suspect they nabbed in a drug sting.

Superintendent Joel Villanueva, chief of Batasan Police Station (PS-6), identified the suspects as Henry Pol and Rolando Ferrera, public security officers (BPSO) of Barangay Commonwealth.

Police report showed that the complainant, who refused to be named, went to PS-6 on Monday night to report the alleged extortion of BPSOs of Barangay Commonwealth.

According to the complainant, the barangay officers arrested her female relative for illegal drugs around 4 p.m. on Monday.

However, instead of turning her over to the police, the BPSOs detained the arrested woman at their barangay  detention cell.

The complainant said the officers initially asked P50,000 from them in exchange for the release of their relative which they negotiated to P30,000.

After the deal, the complainant immediately reported the incident to PS-6 who immediately conducted an entrapment operation against the suspects around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Upon handing the marked money, responding policemen immediately arrested the suspects who tried to escape.

Aside from the marked money, police were able to seize from the duo a caliber .45 handgun and seven sachets of suspected shabu.

Eight other barangay tanods who were also inside the office during the operation were nabbed by the officers for investigation and to determine the extent of their liability in the incident, Villanueva said.

The PS-6 chief added they have yet to determine the involvement of the barangay chairman on the case as investigation is still ongoing.

Prior to the operation, police said there are reports of alleged extortion among the same suspects but were not verified.

At least 38 people, including six women and two minors, were packed into the detention cell in Barangay Commonwealth supposedly made to house 10 people only.

One of them bared that he was detained for at least two weeks after the BPSOs nabbed him for drinking in a public place, a city ordinance violation.

He said he was forced to undergo drug test which resulted positive according to the barangay officers who also asked him for a P500 fee for the test and another P500.

Police said they are now investigating the matter while the arrested tanods are now under their custody.

They will be facing charges for robbery extortion, serious illegal detention, violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, and violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. (Alexandria San Juan)

Contractor arrested for estafa after attending court hearing at Manila City Hall

A contractor was arrested for alleged estafa right after attending a court hearing at  Manila City Hall last Monday morning.

The suspect was identified as Brad Boie Peter Cheung, resident of San Juan City.

Armed with an arrest warrant issued by Judge Janet Abergos-Samar of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 219, elements of the Manila Police District (MPD) nabbed Cheung outside a trial court at Manila City Hall at around 10 a.m. on Mar. 18.

But the suspect was granted with temporary liberty after posting bail worth P48, 000.

Cheung was the subject of the estafa complaint filed by Dennis and Ma. Christine Villanueva, both living at Bagong Pagasa, Quezon City, after he allegedly failed to finish the construction of their house.

According to the couple, they contracted the suspect on Nov. 28, 2015 to build their house, which costs more than P6.5 million, at Vista Real Classica Subdivision, Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City.

They were able to pay over P5 million on Apr. 21, 2017 but the project remains unfinished.

They added that the materials used in the construction were overpriced. (Ria Fernandez)

Man wanted for killing ‘karaoke’ singer nabbed

A man wanted for allegedly killing a woman who refused to allow him to sing at the karaoke was finally arrested in a manhunt operation conducted by joint police forces in Caloocan City Tuesday.

Jose Abraham Jr. alias “Indoy”, 47, of Barangay Minuyan Proper, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan was apprehended by elements of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), and Caloocan, Valenzuela and San Jose, Del Monte City Police stations.

A report from Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, CIDG director, revealed that Abraham was apprehended at a compound in Bagombong Sampaloc, Caloocan City around 4:30 a.m.

Abraham was the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Hon.Francisco Felizmenio, presiding judge of Malolos, Bulacan Regional Trial Court Branch 19, for murder. No bail was recommended for him.

Corpus said Abraham has been wanted for the murder of one Alicia Quiros in Caloocan City sometime in March 2018.

Accordingly, Abraham shot dead Quiros after she refused to let the drunk suspect enter their house to sing karaoke.

Quiroz was reported to have been singing inside her house when Abraham complained that he wasn’t satisfied with her voice so he volunteered to sing instead.

The victim obviously rejected the suspect’s demand which led to a heated argument.

According to Pinky, the daughter of the victim, Abraham went back to his previous residence in Caloocan City, proceeded to their house with a gun and shot her mother.

After a year in hiding, the police finally received a tip of Abraham’s whereabouts which led to his arrest.

It was learned that Abraham was also listed as the Top 7 most wanted person of San Jose Del Monte City Police. He also has a pending warrant of arrest for frustrated murder in Infanta, Quezon.

Abraham was brought to the CIDG headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City for detention. (Martin A. Sadongdong)