ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 20, 2019)

Published March 20, 2019, 10:11 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

16 year old girl raped by six men in Tondo


A 16-year-old girl was allegedly raped by six men who were her buddies in a drinking session in Tondo, Manila early Tuesday morning.

On-case investigator Police Officer (PO) 1 Genesis Soliven said Nene, not her real name, was invited by her friend alias John, 18, to a drinking spree in his house.

She eventually got drunk and fell unconscious. Thereafter, John brought her to a room where the alleged sexual abuse transpired.

When the victim woke up, she found another man, age 25, already on top of her while the 20-year-old brother of John was just watching and smiling at them.

She immediately went home despite being limped after fully regaining her consciousness.

The victim then told her mother of what happened.

Police arrested the three suspects.

According to Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1 commander Police Supt. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, the suspects could have possibly given the victim a substance other than liquor as she easily passed out.

John and his sibling denied the allegation.

On the other hand, the man who was caught by the victim taking advantage of her admitted to the crime, saying he was just so intoxicated with alcohol.

He added that there were three others—one was identified as ‘Tado’—who entered the room where the victim was situated. These individuals are now being hunted by the authorities.

Meanwhile, he said that he is willing to marry Nene to avoid getting jailed; but the latter and her mother declined his offer.

The suspects will be facing rape charges while the victim will undergo counseling. (Ria Fernandez)

Drug dealer shot dead, 3 cohorts caught in buy-bust op


A suspected drug peddler was shot dead while his three cohorts were arrested during a buy-bust operation conducted by police in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Tuesday evening.

The slain suspect, identified as Victor Sombilon, 53, jobless, was rushed to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of his body, police said.

A buy-bust operation was conducted by Sta. Cruz Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit along Quiricada Street near corner Rizal Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila at around 11:15 p.m. on March 19.

Investigation showed that prior to the drug sting, police saw Sombilon giving one sachets of suspected shabu to Joey Aurelio, 49,  tricycle driver; Felix Amoroso, 31, painter and Aries Cabillar, 28,  tricycle driver– all residents of  Sta. Cruz, Manila.

After their deal, an undercover operative purchased P500 worth of shabu to Sombilon. Investigators said that when Sombilon sensed that he was dealing with police, he shouted “Mga pulis, mga pulis!”.

Sombilon immediately went inside his house, then after a  few seconds, he came out of the house and drew his gun to the police. The cops returned fire and hit the suspect several times in the body.

Seized from the suspects were 14 sachets of suspected shabu, one black coin purse and P500 cash used as buy-bust money.

Recovered from the crime scene was a .9 mm caliber handgun owned by Sombilon with two fired cartridges, three live ammunition and three pieces of fired cartridges from a  .9 mm caliber. (Erma Edera)

P300,000 worth of Marijuana seized in QC


More than P300,000 worth of marijuana was seized from six young drug suspects, including a woman and a 17-year-old boy, in a buy-bust at a hotel in Quezon City Thursday night.

Superintendent Benjamin Gabriel, chief of Quezon City Police District-Fairview Police Station (PS-5), identified the drug suspects as Mark Gamuyao, 21, Orlando Purganan, 18, Mario Castro, 19, Oliver Barbin, 21, Shiella Burbano, 20, and their 17-year-old companion only named as “Paul.”

It appears that Gamuyao and Purganan were newly-identified drug personalities in their area tagged in peddling illegal drugs, particularly marijuana.

Police report showed that joint personnel of PS-5 Drug Enforcement Unit and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted a drug sting against the group.

Undercover police posed as a buyer and purchased P500 worth of illegal drugs from Gamuyao, Purganan, Castro, and “Paul” outside Flixz Hotel at Quirino Avenue in Barangay Greater Lagro around 9 p.m.

After the deal, responding officers immediately arrested the suspects who pointed Barbin and Burbano as their sources.

The group also told authorities that the two checked in the said hotel resulting in their arrest.

Confiscated from the suspects were more or less 2 kilograms of marijuana with an estimated street value of P301,500, a pack of plastic sachets believed to be used for repacking the drugs, and a weighing scale.

Nine live ammunition for the shotgun was also seized from Barbin.

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.

An additional case for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act in relation to the Omnibus Election Code was filed against Barbin.

While the minor was turned over to QC-Social Services and Development Department (SSDD) for proper program intervention. (Alexandria San Juan)

Vendor shot dead in Pasay


A vendor was killed after he was shot multiple times by two unidentified armed men while tending to his goods Tuesday night in Pasay City.

The fatality was identified by police as Amino Aminullah, 30, a resident of Tejero Convention, Rosario, Cavite.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 9:30 in the evening along a footbridge at Pasay Rotonda, Taft Avenue, Barangay 79, Zone 10, Pasay City.

Police said that the Aminullah was busy looking after his merchandise when the two armed suspects appeared and fired three consecutive shots at the victim which hit him in the head.

The suspects immediately fled on foot while the victim was rushed to the San Juan De Dios Hospital for medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival at around 9:45 in the evening.

Police are still investigating the motive behind the killing. (Dhel Nazario)

55 year old woman injured in road mishap in Ermita, Manila

A 55-year-old woman was injured after the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) she was driving collided with a taxi and hit a Light Right Transit (LRT) 1 post along United Nations (UN) Avenue in Ermita, Manila in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday.

The driver, identified as Teresita Cabrera of Caloocan City, was brought to Manila Doctors Hospital for treatment following the incident that transpired at 1 a.m. on Mar. 20. She was later discharged by her attending doctor.

Police said Cabrera was heading east when the right side portion of her vehicle bumped the front part of the taxi driven by Dionaldo Zuniega, 67, and going north at the intersection of Taft Avenue and UN Avenue.

She further hit the left side of Zuniega’s taxi when she veered to the left.

Thereafter, Cabrera continued to maneuver, crashing into a concrete post of LRT 1.

Meanwhile, the taxi also smashed into a passenger van driven by Ronie Alpuerto, 31.

Both Zuniega and Alpuerto are in good condition.

Traffic investigators are still assessing the number of damages. (Ria Fernandez)


Food store employee stabbed by a man in Pasay

Due to an apparent love affair, an employee of a food store is now in critical condition after he was stabbed by a man Tuesday night in Pasay City.

The victim was identified as Zosimo Avanceña, 37, an employee of Army Navy Scape, and resident of Lotus Street, Vulcan Compound, Punta Sta. Ana, Manila.

Avanceña is still under observation at the San Juan De Dios Hospital in Pasay City.

The suspect was identified as Marlon Riñon, 39, a resident of Samuel Avenue, Bayang Luma 2, Imus, Cavite.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 6: 10 in the evening at the Army Navy Scape, Macapagal Boulevard, Pasay City.

Police said that that the suspect who was armed with a pocket knife, assaulted and stabbed the victim several times in the body,

Riñon tried to flee the scene on foot but was arrested by responding policemen from the Police Community Precinct 11 of the Pasay City Police Station.

Police said that the victim had an alleged relationship with the live-in partner of the suspect. (Dhel Nazario)