ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 21, 2019)

Published March 21, 2019, 9:41 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Two ex-convicts, one other suspect arrested in drug stings in Manila
Three individuals, including two ex-convicts, were arrested in a series of drug stings in Manila on Thursday.

Fifty-nine-year-old alias “Samuel” returned to jail three months after his release following a successful drug deal with an undercover agent in Sampaloc district.

But aside from him, police also collared alias “Joel”, 31 and a former detainee, who was buying illegal drugs from “Samuel” at the time of the buy-bust operation.

Two sachets of “shabu” were seized as evidence from the two.

Alias “Samuel” admitted that he uses and sells the said illegal substance.

On the other hand, alias “Joel” said he is only a user.

Police records showed that alias “Samuel” was previously imprisoned for the crime of frustrated murder while alias “Joel” faced murder and frustrated murder raps.

Meanwhile, drug peddler Ruth Mendoza, 26 and female, was also captured along Avenida Rizal Avenue near corner Soler Street in the area of Sta. Cruz at around 12:25 a.m.

The suspect was under the drugs watch list of Binondo Police Station, police said.

Nineteen sachets of “shabu” with an estimated street-value of P9, 500 as well as P500 marked money were recovered by the operatives.

Charges in relation to Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against all of the suspects. (Ria Fernandez)


Pasay man shot in front of his house

A man was wounded after being shot while he was repairing his bike in Pasay City on Wednesday.

Police Corporal Jimmy Rufo, case investigator, said the man was shot in front of his house in Barangay 187, Pasay City at around 6:30 p.m.

Police identified him as Renato Magno, 38, who suffered a gunshot wound to the right shoulder.

Initial investigation disclosed that Magno was fixing his bike in front of his house when suddenly an unidentified man fired at him.

Police said the suspect, who remains at large, immediately fled on foot towards an unknown direction.

Investigators said Magno has no known enemy according to his wife.

However, residents told the police that the victim is allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. But investigators stressed that this remains under investigation

He was immediately rushed to the hospital and now under medical treatment.

Recovered from the crime scene was one fired bullet of a  caliber .45 pistol.

Follow-up operation is ongoing to identify and arrest the suspect as investigation is underway. (Michelle Guillang)


Carpenter arrested by Valenzuela police for molestation


A 53-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly molested a female fellow passenger onboard a bus in Valenzuela City on Wednesday.

The Valenzuela City Police (VCP) identified the arrested as Lodgerio Navarte, married, a carpenter and resident of the said city.

The police report showed that Navarte was sitting beside the victim onboard a Malinta Exit-bound bus.

Upon arrival at the Valenzuela Gateway Complex Terminal at around 9 p.m., Navarte touched the victim’s private part.

The victim immediately removed Navarte’s hand but the latter returned it. This prompted the victim to punch Navarte and called the authorities.

Officers of the VCP Community Precinct 1 responded to the incident and arrested Navarte, who was then brought to the office of Women and Children Protection Desk for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)


60-year-old fisherman found dead in Muntinlupa


A 60-year-old fisherman was found dead due to alleged drowning in Baywalk Bayanan, Muntinlupa City on Wednesday.

The police identified him as Crisostomo Pastores, a resident of Purok 11 Sitio Masagana, Barangay Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Marlou Jacob, case investigator, said Pastores was identified through the IDs inside the bag he left along the shoreline of Baywalk, Bayanan.

Initial investigation revealed that residents of the area found the body of Pastores floating at about 5:30 p.m.

Police said the residents last saw him alive when he was about to go fishing on Tuesday.

His body was then brought to the Our Lady of Loreto Funeral Services in Lower Bicutan, Taguig for autopsy and safekeeping.

As of press time, Jacob said no one has claimed his remains yet.

Police investigation is ongoing. (Michelle Guillang)


Robber carts away with cash and gadgets of Parañaque City Hall employees


A search is now on for an unidentified robber who broke into an office room at the Parañaque City Hall on Wednesday, carting away thousands worth of personal belongings of employees including expensive gadgets.

According to complainant Ronald Angelo Salas, 48, of the Parañaque City Local Government Project Express Lane Operation (ELO), he discovered that their belongings were missing at around 1 in the afternoon.

Police said that Salas padlocked their office at 12:20 noon to have their lunch break. Upon returning, they discovered that the door was already open, and their valuables were already missing.

The office is located at room 302, third floor, Old Legislative Building, Parañaque City Hall San Antonio Avenue, Barangay San Antonio, Parañaque City.

Stolen from Salas wer two Idea Pad laptops worth P30, 000 and one Samsung Laptop worth P20,000.

John Carl Manuel, 21, a programmer at Project ELO lost his Xperia cellular phone worth P12,000 and cash up to P2,000. Office staff Reygie Vasquez, 21, lost his black backpack containing his personal belongings.  John Edison Manuel, 26, also a worker Project ELO lost his wallet with cash amounting to P3,000.

IT staff Kenjie Salas, 30, lost his wallet containing his IDs and ATM cards including his TIN ID, UM ID, BPI ATM Card, Driver’s License and cash amounting to P4, 000 in different foreign currencies. Kennard Cabaque, 21, also an IT staff, lost his wallet containing P1,000.

They immediately reported the incident to the duty police officer at the vicinity of Parañaque City Hall who later relayed the incident to the investigation office for investigation.

Investigators from Parañaque Police Station rendered assistance and conducted crime scene processing wherein several latent prints were lifted at the crime scene which will be subjected for forensic examination.  (Dhel Nazario)


Buy-bust targeted 2 drug personalities, nets 4 more


A buy bust operation against two alleged drug pushers led to the arrest of four more drug personalities who were caught engaging in a shabu session in Caloocan City on Wednesday evening.

The Caloocan City Police (CCP) identified those arrested as Rebie Ann Espinosa, 23; Jeffrey Santos, 36; Daisy Fernando, 39; Edward Sanchez, 58; Alberto Manalo, 18; and Jose Paulina,  49, all residents of the said city.

Investigation showed that operatives of the CCP Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a drug sting, through a police poseur-buyer, against Espinosa and Santos at around 11:30 p.m.

Espinosa agreed to transact at her house in Maypajo, Caloocan.

After the transaction, the authorities immediately arrested the two.

The police also apprehended four other drug personalities who were caught in the act of sniffing suspected shabu at Espinosa’s house when they arrived.

Recovered from them were four sachets of suspected shabu and other drug paraphernalia.

The suspects and the seized items are now under police custody for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)


Seven drug offenders cornered in QC apartelle


More than P37,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized from seven alleged drug suspects during a buy-bust inside an apartelle in Quezon City Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., director of Quezon City Police District (QCPD), identified the arrested suspects as Gilbert Paala, 45, Maricris Paala, 26, Joana Cabel, 24, Joenard Lobrigo, 31, Shirley Layug, 26, Rolando Francisco, 27, and Ann Hinlo, 23.

Police said the operation stemmed from a report they received from a confidential informant who told them about the illegal drug activities of the suspects.

This prompted personnel of QCPD-Kamuning Police Station (PS-10) and agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct a joint drug sting against the group.

An undercover police officer purchased P20,000 worth of shabu from Paala who was with Lobrigo, Cabel, and Hinlo inside an apartelle at Kamias Road in Barangay Pinyahan around 3 p.m.

After the deal, operatives immediately nabbed the four men while their other companions were collared inside room number 11 of the apartelle where they were caught in a shabu-sniffing session.

Authorities seized from the suspects eight sachets and one unsealed sachet of shabu with an estimated street value of P37,400, and some drug paraphernalia.

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. (Alexandria San Juan)


Police arrests Chinese national playing with handguns in his residence in Makati


A Chinese national was arrested after he was caught playing with a handgun inside his residence on Wednesday in Makati City.

The suspect is identified as Sun Xiaofan, 31, a resident of HV Dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village Makati City.

Investigation showed that Xiaofan asked for assistance regarding his condominium unit which was having an electrical malfunction at around 9 in the morning.

The maintenance man asked for assistance from the guard on duty to accompany him inside the condo unit.

While the electrician was fixing the electrical system, they saw the suspect holding and playing with a gun. The guard reported this to the security officer who reported the same to the police.

Police Chief Inspector Gideon Ines called for backup and went to arrest Xiaofan. They recovered an empty Armscor caliber .38 revolver and a caliber .38 snub nose without a serial number.

Xiaofan was brought to the Makati City Police for the filing of appropriate charges. (Dhel Nazario)


Police arrests 4th suspect in Tondo gang rape


Another suspect in the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Tondo, Manila fell into the hands of police on Tuesdayevening.

Richard (not his real name), 19, was nabbed during a follow-up operation at 228 Lacson Street, Barangay 117, Zone 9 of Tondo district at 6 p.m. on Mar. 19.

Prior to this, three other members of his group called “Tondo F***boys” ages 18, 20, and 25 were already arrested.

Authorities retrieved a group chat of the suspects where they laughed at and made light of the situation.

They also recovered a video of the rape incident taken by the suspects.

Investigation revealed that it is the group’s modus operandi to befriend and invite their target victim to a drinking spree then afterwards they will drug, rape, and take video of her.

Richard said that he was not present when his friends sexually abused the victim early Tuesday morning.

However, he admitted that something happened between him and the victim the next day but he pointed out that it cannot be considered as rape since they have mutual understanding.

He said that the victim asked him to accompany her in finding her two cellular phones.

But before that, he brought her to his place where he filmed the latter allegedly performing a sex act.

The victim denied Richard’s claim about their relationship.

It can be recalled that her best friend invited her to his house for a drink in the wee hours of Mar. 19.

Thereafter, she lost consciousness and was transferred to a room where her drinking buddies took advantage of her.

The mother of the victim already appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to help them get justice with what happened to her daughter.

Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1 Police Supt. Reynaldo Magdaluyo believes that the suspects have also victimized other girls. He then urged them to come forward and file cases against them.

The police continue on hunting down three more men as they clarified that there are seven, not six, suspects in this case.

Meanwhile, rape charges in relation to Republic Act No. 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law were filed against the four arrested suspects.

Richard was also charged with violation of Republic Act No. 9995 or the Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009. (Ria Fernandez)

TNVS driver arrested in buy bust op


A transport network vehicle services (TNVS) driver, who was an alleged illegal drug peddler, was arrested with his 15-year-old boy companion after yielding more than P190,000 worth of drugs in a buy-bust in Quezon City Wednesday afternoon.

Quezon City Police Station 4 (PS-4) commander, Superintendent Rossel Cejas, identified the sispect as Robert Balda, a 45-year-old Grab driver, and a resident of Barangay Tandang Sora.

Police report showed that operatives of PS-4 Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted a drug sting against Balda near Banlat, Tandang Sora Terminal at Mindanao Avenue around 5:30 p.m.

A police poseur-buyer deal with the suspect who was with the minor and purchased P40,000 worth of shabu which resulted in his arrest.

Confiscated from the suspect were seven sachets of shabu weighing about 28 grams and with an estimated street value of P190,400, a cigarette case, a small empty ziplock sachet, two cellular phones, a red Toyota Vios, and the buy-bust money.

Balda is now under police custody and was charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, while the minor was turned over to QC-Social Services and Development Department for proper intervention program. (Alexandria San Juan)


Las Piñas checkpoint intercepted an active duty cop for possession of shabu

An active policeman and with his companion were arrested in a checkpoint while in possession of plastic sachets of shabu yesterday morning in Las Pinas City.

Southern Police District (SPD) director Chief Supt. Eliseo Cruz yesterday presented to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO)  P/Director Guillermo Eleazar the arrested suspect as PO2 Alijandro Hernandez, detailed at the Regional Personnel Holding Accounting Unit of (RPHAU-NCRPO). The companion was not identified in the report.

Based on the report submitted by Las Piñas police chief Sr. Supt. Simnard Gran to the SPD, Hernandez and his companion were arrested at about 5:30 a.m. yesterday at a checkpoint in Brgy. Almanza Uno, Las Piñas City.

Gran said his men were conducting a checkpoint operation in Brgy. Alamanza Uno when Hernandez came on board his motorcycle together with his companion, both were not wearing helmets.

The suspects were frisked by the lawmen who discovered three sachets of suspected shabu and a tactical knife in the possession of Hernandez.

According to Cruz, Hernandez was formerly detained at the Manila Police District (MPD) where he was involved in illegal drugs. That caused his wife who is also a policewoman to leave him. (Jean Fernando)


Man shot dead in Malabon

A man was gunned down by four men while he was walking in broad daylight at Barangay Tonsuya in Malabon City on Thursday.

Col. Jessie Tamayao, Malabon City Police chief, identified the victim as Ricky Marabe, 37. Investigators also identified one of the four suspects as Jon-jon Obiena, Jr., 35. Both are residents of the area.

A witness, who police identified as Ronald Martinada, 33, said he was walking with the victim at the said area at around 11:40 a.m. when four men, including Obiena, surrounded them.

The gunmen then shot Marabe on his head and different parts of his body, which killed him instantly, investigation showed.

Police said the assailants fled on foot after the incident.

Tamayao said they have yet to find out the motive behind the killing.

A manhunt operation is now ongoing for the arrest of Obiena and the identification and arrest of the three gunmen. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)