ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Apr. 29, 2019)

Published April 30, 2019, 12:10 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Officer of a construction site dead after falling from their barracks

An officer of a construction site died after accidentally falling from the second floor of their barracks in Parañaque City on Sunday.

The man was identified as Crispin Ramos Jr., 35, a stay-in admin officer at the One Fintech Tower Construction site, and resident of Barangay Prinza, Batangas.

Ramos was brought to the San Juan De Dios Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Initial investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 6:30 in the morning at the One Fintech Tower Construction site at Sunset Boulevard Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City.

Police said that prior to the incident, Ramos always complained that he was suffering from dizziness and asked permission to temporarily rest while on work.

He then sat on a monoblock chair fronting the steep stairs of the second floor of their temporary barracks and moments later, Ramos accidentally fell.

Authorities said that Foreman Marlon Niegos noticed what happened and asked his co-workers to bring Ramos to the hospital where he later died. His body was temporarily moved to the hospital morgue while waiting for the family. (Dhel Nazario)

60-year-old man dead in road mishap

A 60-year-old man who was walking was killed after he was hit by an SUV, injuring its passengers in Las Piñas City on Sunday.

The victim was identified by police as Coradon Sotto, a resident of Molave Street, Samata Village, Barangay Talon 5, Las Piñas City. Sotto was brought to the Las Piñas Medical Center but died while undergoing treatment.

The driver was identified as Songhyuk Choi, 45. Choi was was with three a Lyka Villanueva, 20; Alissa Asis, 27; and Webster Castillo, 14.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at 5:55 in the afternoon along Marcos Alvarez Avenue Barangay Barangay Talon 5, Las Piñas City.

Police said that Choi was driving a Toyota Fortuner with conduction sticker A5 0471 traversing Marcos Alvarez Avenue heading towards Alabang-Zapote Road.

Upon reaching a curved portion of the road, the front portion of the vehicle accidentally hit Sotto before hitting a concrete wall. The victim was thrown before falling to the ground.

Sotto along with Choi’s passengers was brought Las Piñas Medical Center for medical assistance but Sotto died while undergoing treatment at 7:01 in the evening. Choi, on the other hand, was brought to the Las Piñas General Hospital for medico-legal.

The SUV is now under the custody of the Vehicle Traffic Investigation Unit for proper disposition. (Dhel Nazario)

Former inmate arrested for the third time for drug possession

A former Bilibid inmate is back in jail for the third time after a sachet of “shabu” was recovered from his possession while entering Sampaloc Police Station in Manila to visit a detainee last Sunday afternoon.

The suspect was identified as Allan Anthony Aragona, 28, single, member of Sputnik gang, jobless, resident of Palawan Street in Sampaloc district.

According to Police Capt. Philipp Ines, spokesperson of Sampaloc Police Station, Aragona was supposed to visit and bring the P200 worth of illegal drugs to Jesus Solomon whom he met during his short period of detention in the district’s jail for carrying deadly weapon late last March.

The suspect tried to sneak the “shabu” by burning a portion of the sachet to stick it inside his black round neck t-shirt.

When the jailer asked him to raise his hands during frisking, Aragona suddenly held onto his chest anticipating that the contraband he glued near it would fall.

The jailer immediately checked what was hidden there and found the illegal item.

“Nagduda yung jailer sa naging aksyon niya lalo’t hindi naman siya kaano ano ng dadalawin niya (The jailer became suspicious of his action most especially that he was not related to the person he was visiting),” Ines said.

It was learned that the person to be visited by Aragona was already committed to Manila City Jail last Apr. 10.

A case in violation of section 11 or Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 was charged against Aragona.

Prior to his incarceration in Sampaloc Police Station, the suspect also served six-year jail time in New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City back in 2008 for the crime of robbery hold-up. (Ria Fernandez)

UV express driver nabbed for bumping a traffic personnel 

 In his attempt to evade apprehension, a UV Express driver was arrested in Marikina City Sunday when he allegedly bumped a traffic personnel who flagged him down for a traffic violation.

Personnel of the Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS) nabbed Jess Jose Martinez Jr, 34, of Barangay San Juan in Taytay, Rizal around 11:30 a.m.

Traffic Assistant 1 Armando Servilla flagged down the white Nissan Urvan of Martinez for unloading his passengers at a non-designated area located at the corner of Bayan-Bayanan Avenue and E. Santos Street in Barangay Concepcion Uno.

Instead of following orders, Martinez tried to escape and slowly drove his van forward. In the process, Martinez bumped Servilla several times, police said.

His actions caught the attention of other OPSS personnel but this did not deter Martinez to stop his van until he was unable to move any further and was stuck in the middle of the street.

He was then arrested while his van was brought to the OPSS impounding area for custody.

Police said Martinez might face the charge of attempted homicide and resistance and disobedience to the agent in the person of authority.

He was temporarily detained at Marikina City Police pending his inquest proceedings at the City Prosecutors’ Office. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Security guard shot dead by suspects in motorcycles

A security guard who was in the middle of a labor dispute with his agency was shot dead by men onboard a motorcycle along Road 10 in Barangay North Bay Boulevard North, Navotas City Sunday morning.

P/Maj. Aldrin Thompson, Navotas City Police Station Investigation Unit chief, identified the victim as Emerson Pantaleon Aricheta, of legal age, resident of Barangay Tangos, Navotas.

Thompson said Aricheta recently sought the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) about his labor dispute with his agency.

“May usapin daw kasi sa agency at nasa DOLE na ang kaso. Labor dispute yata. Malamang tungkol sa trabaho o sweldo (He is in talks with his agency and the case is already filed at DOLE. It may be a labor dispute. Maybe something about his job or salary),” Thompson said.

Investigation showed that the victim was onboard his MC Honda when two men riding another motorcycle blocked his path and shot him several times, killing him instantly.

The gunmen then fled towards C3 Road.

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