ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 31, 2019)

3 drug suspects, 1 minor, nabbed in Valenzuela sting

Four drug suspects, including one minor, were arrested in a buy-bust operation at Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City on Saturday.

Police identified the suspects as Jerwin Garcia, 24; Jhanver Almanon, 20; Armando Perez, 41; and a certain Gerald, 16; all residents of the area.

Elements of the Valenzuela City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the sting at about 2 a.m.

Investigation showed that the suspects were arrested after a poseur buyer bought a sachet of suspected shabu worth P200 from Garcia.

Retrieved from the suspects were nine sachets of suspected shabu, P220 in cash, and P200 marked money.

The suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

The minor was brought to the Valenzuela City Social Welfare and Development for intervention. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Police nab old man over alleged child sexual abuse

Over an accusation of sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl, police arrested a 60-year-old man in Pasay City on Saturday.

Police said the man was seen following the girl when she entered the common bathroom in the tenement they live in.

The man asked her to hold his private part, the girl told her family when asked what happened while they were inside.

He admitted to the crime but denied that he was drunk or under the influence of illegal drugs when the incident happened, according to police.

He said he molested the girl because he felt very sleepy at that time as he just aroused from sleep.

P/Col. Bernard Yang, chief of Pasay City police, identified him as Eduardo Pusung who works as a dishwasher in a carinderia in Barangay 150, Pasay City.

Pusung was among the arrested during the Simultaneous Anti-Criminality and Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) of the Pasay City police held from Friday to Saturday and led by P/Maj. Wilfredo Sangel.

He was turned over to the Station Investigation Detective Management Section (SIDMS) and will be facing rape charges.

Meanwhile, the girl will be undergoing trauma intervention. (Michelle Guillang)

Pasay cops nab 2 druggies

Two alleged drug users were arrested by patrolling lawmen during an anti-criminality operation in Pasay City on Saturday afternoon.

The suspects were identified by authorities as Rommel Estacio, 36; and Rodolfo Miron, 34, both residents of Barangay 186, Maricaban, Pasay City.

The two were arrested at around 4:30 in the afternoon along Saint Mary Street, Barangay 186, Maricaban, Pasay City.

Police officers from the Maricaban Police Community Precinct conducted an anti-criminality operation that resulted to the arrest of the two.

Recovered from the suspects were two small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and one foil strip with traces of suspected shabu.

They were then brought to the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasay City Police for proper disposition. (Dhel Nazario)

Fire hits Malabon plastic factory

Fire razed a plastic factory along Mabolo Street, Barangay Santolan, Malabon City on Saturday evening.

The blaze that engulfed the Jet Plastic warehouse was first reported at about 8:35 p.m.

The fire reached first alarm at 8:42 p.m. and was raised to third alarm at about 9:19 p.m.

It was put out at about 10:43 p.m.

Arson investigators reported that only the foundation of the factory was left standing after the fire.

Investigation showed that the blaze spread quickly due to the plastic materials inside the warehouse.

No casualties or injuries were reported in the fire.

Investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of the fire. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Pasig police continue probe in restaurant messenger slay

There is a possibility that someone knew that the restaurant messenger, who was robbed and killed by men riding-in-tandem in Pasig City last week, was carrying a large sum of money, the Pasig City Police chief said Saturday.

The messenger, identified by police as 31-year-old Regie Canillo, was killed by men riding-in-tandem along San Martin De Porres Street in Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City on March 29 at around 1 p.m.

“It’s possible that someone knew that Canillo was carrying a large amount of cash since he came from a bank in Quezon City,” P/Col. Rizalito Gapas, Pasig City Police chief, said in an interview Saturday.

Initial investigation showed that prior to the incident, Canillo came from a bank in Timog Avenue, Quezon City to in-cash a P262,000-check.

When the Canillo arrived in San Martin De Porres Street, two men on motorcycle drove near him.

“The back-rider tried to snatch the bag but Canillo resisted so the suspect shot him,” Gapas said.

The riding-in-tandem then took the bag before speeding towards Shaw Boulevard, Gapas said.

The police chief described the suspects wearing shorts, dark t-shirts and ball caps.

“We now have a copy of a closed-circuit television footage in the area, but the investigators are still looking for more to identify the suspects,” he added. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)