ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 24, 2019)

Police arrest welder after finding revolver in motorcycle’s compartment

A motorcycle rider flagged down for not wearing a helmet was arrested when a revolver was found inside his motorcycle’s compartment in Marikina City Saturday night.

Police identified the suspect as Mac Santos, 35, a native of Kalibo, Aklan and currently residing at Barangay Concepcion Dos, Marikina City.

Investigation showed that at around 10:50 p.m. Saturday, policemen were conducting a checkpoint along Panorama Street in Barangay Concepcion Dos when they flagged down Santos for not wearing a helmet.

When asked for his driver’s license and his registration, Santos failed to show one, police said.

The officers became suspicious and asked Santos, a welder, to open his bike’s compartment.

Inside, policemen saw a caliber .38 revolver loaded with six live ammunition, prompting them to place the rider under arrest.

A case for the violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions, and Batas Pambansa 881 or the Omnibus Election Code will be filed against Santos, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man nabbed after allegedly molesting 8-year-old stepdaughter

A 45-year-old man was arrested by police after he was accused of molesting his eight-year-old stepdaughter in Tondo, Manila.

Elements of Manila Police District (MPD)-Station 1 nabbed the suspect along Aroma Street at 4:00 p.m. on March 22, police said.

According to the victim’s mother, she recently discovered that her live-in partner had been molesting her daughter in their home every time she would leave her in the care of the suspect while she worked as a vendor.

The incident took place twice a week for more almost one year, the victim told her mother.

On learning of her child’s ordeal, the mother accompanied the victim at the Manila Police District-Station 1 where she lodged a complaint, after bringing the child to a hospital for a medical examination.

Cases such as violation of Republic Act 8353 or the Anti-Rape Law and Republic Act 7610 for sexual abuse had been filed against the suspect. (Erma Edera)

Police net P95 K worth of shabu in Marikina sting

Multiple sachets of illegal drugs worth around P95,000 were seized from a suspected drug pusher in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Saturday night.

Police identified the suspect as Jesus Cristobal alias “Doc,” 33, of San Mateo, Rizal.

In a report reaching Eastern Police District Sunday, policemen conducted a sting operation against a certain Doc along Spring Street in Summer Homes Subdivision, Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City, at around 11:50 p.m. Saturday.

The sting stemmed from a tip of an informant that Doc, later identified as Cristobal, was involved in the sale of illegal drugs in the area, police said.

He was arrested shortly after handing over a sachet of illegal drugs worth P500 to a police poseur buyer.

Seized from Cristobal were seven sachets of suspected shabu, weighing around 14 grams, with an estimated street value of P95,000.

Cops also confiscated the suspect’s motorcycle, two cellphones, a digital weighing scale, multiple identification cards, a coin purse containing P14,080 cash, and the marked money.

A case for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Cristobal, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Cops seize guns, ammunition in Muntinlupa search, house owner escapes

Several guns and pieces of ammunition were recovered by police during a house search in Muntinlupa City on Saturday.

Members of the Muntinlupa City Police Station swooped down the house of Anthony Pasion, 26, at Garcip Compound, Purok 1, Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa City by virtue of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 204 Presiding Judge Juanita Guerrero.

Police together with members of the barangay led the search at around 6 in the morning but were unable to arrest Pasion inside the house.

The operatives instead stumbled upon several pieces of loose firearms and ammunition.

Among those recovered were one revolver frame with no cylinder and serial number, and a caliber .38 revolver with a defaced serial number.

They also seized a piece of ammunition box containing 93 pieces of empty cartridge cases of caliber .45 pistol. one small box containing 17 pieces of caliber M-16 bullets, 11 pieces of caliber .22 bullets and six pieces of caliber .32 bullets.

A case in violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act is being prepared by the Office of Criminal Investigation Detection of the Muntinlupa City Police against the suspect. (Dhel Nazario)

Police probe robbery at engineer’s house in Muntinlupa

Cops are now investigating a robbery at a civil engineer’s home by an unidentified man who carted away thousands worth of personal belongings before dawn on Saturday.

The complainant was identified as Edward De Vera, 37, a resident of Bridgitte St., Sto. Niño Village, Brgy. Tunasan, Muntinlupa City.

Investigation showed that De Vera woke up at 4:30 in the morning and discovered that this cellular phone was missing. After opening the lights, he also saw that his backpack containing his personal belongings was also missing.

According to police the stolen items was a backpack containing an Acer laptop worth P50,000, a body bag with checks from two banks, two Samsung phones worth P18,000 and P15,000, a Huawei phone worth P18,000, a silver bracelet worth P2,500, assorted ATM cards, De Vera’s passport, and a wallet with P1,000 cash and several IDs.

Police said that after discovering that the items were missing, he found out that the main door to his house was open. He immediately reported the incident to Barangay Tunasan and to the police who eventually conducted an ocular investigation.

Police said that there was no forced entry to the house. They added that the suspect might have gained entry by reaching for the doorknob through an opened window near the main door of the victim’s house.

However, they were unable to lift prints from the scene. The case is still under investigation. (Dhel Nazario)

2 motorcycle-hailing snatchers nabbed, yields illegal drugs

Two alleged snatchers aboard a motorcycle were arrested in Pasay City on Sunday midnight.

Police identified them as Hadji Fernando Bansil, 19, resident of Barangay 10, Pasay City and Danilo Oserio, 18, of Barangay 64, Pasay City.

Investigation revealed that the two victims were walking along F.B. Harrison Street in Barangay 76 at around 12:00 a.m. when suddenly a backrider on a motorcycle grabbed their backpacks causing them to collapse to the ground.

The victims––a male room attendant and a female housekeeper–– immediately reported the incident to the police which resulted to a follow-up operation.

Bansil, the driver, and Oserio, were arrested shortly by the elements of the Libertad Police Community Precinct around the area.

Recovered from the suspects were a blue backpack which contains a mobile phone worth P1,500, P260 cash, and several personal items and a small brown backpack with P50 cash and other items inside.

Upon frisking and inspection, Oserio yielded two sachets of suspected shabu.

Both Bansil and Oserio will be facing charges with violation of robbery snatching with physical injury, while Oserio will face another drug charges. (Michelle Guillang)

Manila cop slain in Caloocan

A police officer was slain after two unidentified men shot him in his store at Barangay 175, Caloocan City on Friday afternoon.

The police identified the victim as PO2 Cris Robert Castro, 31, assigned at Manila Police District Station 1 or the Raxabago-Tondo Police Station.

Lieutenant Ronald Batalla, Caloocan City Police Station-North Extension Office chief, said the victim was previously assigned to the Caloocan City Police Station.

Investigation showed that Castro was at his sari-sari store at about 4:30 p.m. when the assailants drove by onboard a motorcycle.

One of the men got off and pretended to buy something from the store. Then, he shot Castro repeatedly on different parts of his body.

The assailants sped away while the victim was rushed by his relatives to the Quezon City Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.

The police have yet to determine the motive behind the killing.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the identification and arrest of the assailants. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)