ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Apr. 3, 2019)

Man killed after being crushed by a steel truss from a truck-mounted crane in Tondo

A driver accidentally killed a still unidentified man after a steel truss slid down from the truck-mounted crane he was operating and crushed the latter in Tondo, Manila.

Ernie Tomas Domingo, 41, married, and resident of Jasmin Street in Tondo District was arrested and charged with reckless imprudence resulting in homicide following the incident that transpired outside F. G. Calderon High School at around 10:45 a.m. last Tuesday.

Investigators said the victim was just passing by beside the boom truck when one of the four steel trusses---to be used for the roofing of the school gymnasium--- being lifted by Domingo through a crane suddenly fell onto him.

The victim, about 40 to 45 years old and clad in yellow shirt and blue short pants, was immediately rushed to Ospital ng Tondo but was pronounced dead on arrival.

His corpse was transferred to Archangel Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping. (Ria Fernandez)

Fire razed a hotel in Malate

No one died nor got injured in a fire that razed a hotel in Malate, Manila late Tuesday evening.

According to Manila Fire District – Arson Investigation Section, the fire was verified at 11:04 p.m. on Apr. 2 at Unit 521 located at the fifth floor of Riviera Mansion Hotel along A. Mabini Street.

The flames were only contained inside the room and were immediately put out by firefighters at 11:35 p.m.

Meanwhile, the unit’s lone occupant was able to vacate the area.

Investigators estimated the worth of damage of the blaze to P20,000.

As of present time, they are still at the scene probing the cause of the incident. (Ria Fernandez)

Rookie cop arrested in buy-bust op

A rookie police officer who was allegedly involved in illegal drug activities was arrested with his father and aunt during a buy-bust in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director, Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., identified the suspect as Patrolman Darryl Galendez, 25, a resident of Valenzuela City and was assigned to the Police Community Precinct 2 of Malabon City Police Station.

Also arrested with Galendez was his father Daniel Galendez, 50, and his aunt Estella Alfonso, 36, of Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City.

In a press conference at the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal on Wednesday, Esquivel said the three were nabbed during a buy-bust conducted by personnel of Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) at the house of Alfonso at No. 23 MacArthur Street.

PS-3 chief Police Lt. Col. Alex Alberto said the operation stemmed from a six-month surveillance against Galendez and his father after receiving information about their illegal drug peddling activities in Barangay Pasong Tamo.

Upon confirmation, operatives of PS-3 Drug Enforcement Unit set a drug sting against the suspects around 10:30 p.m.

An undercover police purchased P200 worth of shabu from the suspects that led to their arrest.

However, one of their companions, a certain "Balawis" escaped during the operation and is now subject of a police manhunt.

Authorities seized from the suspects seven sachets of shabu, an unlicensed caliber .45 pistol, four mobile phones and the buy-bust money.

According to Esquivel, the younger Galendez was already involved in illegal drug activities before he entered the police service in 2017.

He added that they are currently coordinating with the unit assignment of Galendez to inform about his arrest, as well as the filing of administrative case against him.

The QCPD chief also said they will investigate the policeman's activities in the station to find out if he was recycling seized drug evidences.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Additional case for illegal possession of firearms in relation to the existing Omnibus Election Code will also be filed against the police officer. (Alexandria San Juan)

Woman stabbed by suitor after rejecting him in Paranaque

A 45 year-old girl was injured when stabbed by her septuagenarian suitor after rejecting the latter from courting her the other night in Paranaque City.

Police identified the victim as Michelle Santos and a resident of barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City. She suffered stab wound in the right arm and was rushed at a nearby hospital for treatment.

The suspect was identified as Zenas Canete,70, billiard spotter and also a resident of the same barangay.

Canete was immediately arrested after the incident and now detained at the Paranaque City police detention facility. A case of frustrated homicide was filed against the suspect by the police.

The victim told police that prior to the incident, the suspect who was under the influence of liquor visited her at their house at about 10:00 p.m.

The victim said that the suspect who was persistent from courting her immediately pulled out a bladed weapon upon hearing from the victim the rejection from courting her.

Santos said that although she was surprised upon seeing the bladed weapon that the suspect was holding, she was able to got hold of the weapon causing her injury in the left arm.

She said that Canete became her friend through text for usually sending inspirational words.

The victim further claimed that when the suspect started to court her, she immediately rejected Canate which started the latter from sending her unsavory words. (Jean Fernando)