ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 26, 2019)

Published March 26, 2019, 7:46 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Fetus found inside a shoebox in Manila

A fetus with undetermined sex was discovered inside a shoebox mixed in a pile of rubbish in Sta. Cruz, Manila last Sunday.

The unborn baby, believed to be about four to six months old, was discovered by a garbage collector while he was segregating wastes in front of a building along Oroquieta Street past 1 p.m., police said.

It had incomplete body parts, they added.

Thereafter, Chairman Richmond Ong of Barangay 320, Zone 32 reported the incident to the authorities.

Further investigation is underway. (Ria Fernandez)

Two drug users nabbed in buy-bust op in Caloocan

Two alleged drug personalities were arrested after they were caught in a police buy-bust on Monday before evening.

The Caloocan City Police (CCP) identified the suspects as Niko Gaviola, 49; and Jonas Cuarentas, 19, 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 Gaviola in Camarin Caloocan City at around 5:30 p.m.

After the transaction, the police immediately arrested the suspect. They also collared Cuarentas after they chanced upon him also transacting with Gaviola.

Recovered from them were three sachets of suspected shabu.

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

Man arrested for cheating in a casino in Parañaque

Despite successfully tricking a casino dealer into winning, a man still landed behind bars after he was caught cheating by video surveillance operators inside a casino.

A Chinese national identified as Wang Qi, 22, now faces an estafa case after he was spotted through closed-circuit television (CCTV) video playing deceitfully in a casino in Parañaque City.

Also arrested were his fellow Chinese cohorts, Zhichao Cheng, 22; and Wang Xinda, 27– all billeted at a hotel along Roxas Boulevard, Ermita, Manila.

Investigation revealed that casino dealer, Crisette Pakingan, was assisting the three while they were playing Baccarat, a card game, at around 6:30 a.m. on Monday.

During the game, Qi placed his bet worth P7,000 on the “Player hand” instead of the “Banker hand”. However, it was the Banker hand which won eventually.

Under this circumstance, Qi threw a casino chip worth P10,000 up in the air to distract Pakingan while his other hand moved his bet from the Player hand to the winning hand.

Pakingan, unaware of Qi’s act, therefore gave him the prize.

Believing that he already ensured his winning, Qi was shocked when security officers of the casino arrested him and his companions moments later.

It was later learned that CCTV operators in the casino saw what Qi did while in the game and reported it to the authorities.

Cases of estafa through fraudulent practice to ensure success in a gambling game are now being filed against them before the City Prosecutor’s Office of Parañaque City. (Michelle Guillang)

Chinese national nabbed for touching a woman’s private part in Paranaque

Police arrested a Chinese national after he allegedly touched a woman’s private part in Parañaque City on Monday.

Investigation showed that the incident transpired at around 6:15 p.m. at the main lobby of a casino in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City.

The woman, who works as a lobby ambassador at a casino, was startled when she felt that a hand was touching her private part.

She sought the assistance of the security guard in the area and discovered through a surveillance video that a man intentionally held her for two times.

As it was confirmed, the security guard immediately apprehended the man identified as Zhongqi Pu, 26 and brought him to the police station.

The victim then filed a complaint of unjust vexation against Pu.

He is currently detained at the Parañaque City Police. (Michelle Guillang)