ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Mar. 27, 2019)

Published March 27, 2019, 8:40 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Police remind public to be alert from robbers in taxis

Police are reminding commuters to be alert following a complaint of a Chinese national who was robbed by still unidentified suspects while inside a taxi en route to his hotel in Ermita, Manila last weekend.

On-case investigator Police Staff Sergeant Dean Mark Regala of Manila Police District-General Assignment and Investigation Section (MPD-GAIS) advised cab riders to immediately alight when something unusual is already being observed.

It would also be better to get the vehicle’s plate number and driver’s name, he added.

On Saturday, Wei Gao, 27, hailed a white taxi near Tycoon KTV Deluxe in Pasay City to return to the Pearl Manila Hotel located along United Nations Avenue. He said he noticed the slow pace of driving of the driver but he ignored it.

After 15 to 20 minutes, two men stopped their cab and barged in sandwiching Wei at the passenger’s seat at the back.

The suspects ordered the victim to face down and pointed a sharp object on his neck as they declared hold-up.

They took the victim’s iPhone 7 worth around P50,000, P9,000 cash, and Nike red rubber shoes.

When they asked for his phone’s passcode, Wei pretended that he cannot understand English.

Thereafter, the suspects dropped him off at Banquero corner Escolta Streets in Binondo district and sped off.

Regala said the suspects could be in connivance with the driver.

They are now conducting further investigation to identify the culprits.

“We are now backtracking the place of incident. We will check CCTV recordings in the area to see if it was captured,” Regala said. (Ria Fernandez)

Lady lawyer stabbed to death in Las Pinas

A lady lawyer who was waiting for her text mate died when stabbed by unidentified assailant early Wenesday morning in Las Pinas City.

Police identified the victim as Charmaine Mejia, 31. She suffered several stabbed wounds in the body and died while undergoing treatment at the Las Pinas Medical Center.

According to Sr. Supt. Sinmar Gran, the city police chief, the incident happened at about 3:30 a.m. in front of FDJ Appartel located along Marcos Alvarez Avenue, Barangay Talon, Las Pinas City.

Gran said that prior to the stabbing incident, the victim had just alighted from her Nissan Sedan car when approached by an unidentified assailant and stabbed her repeatedly on the different parts of the body.

The city police chief said that according to witnesses, the victim after alighting from her was immediately attacked by the suspect.

The suspect who was reportedly on board a colored red motorcycle without plate number immediately fled after stabbing the victim.

It was also learned that the victim was still able to call her sister who was also a lawyer informing the latter that she was stabbed by an unknown suspect.

Gran said that they are still conducting investigation to the incident to determine whether the text mate of the victim has something to do in attacking Mejia. (Jean Fernando)