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

Published May 3, 2019, 11:39 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Gunrunner shot dead by cops in QC

A suspected gun-runner was killed in an armed encounter with the police who served a search warrant against him in Quezon City on Thursday afternoon.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said the suspect Ernest Reyes, 30, died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds on his body.

Probers said Reyes was involved in gun-running activities in the area of Novaliches and was also included in the unified drug watchlist of Quezon City Police Station 4 (PS-4) and Barangay San Agustin.

This prompted operatives to apply for a search warrant at the residence of the suspect which was issued by Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89.

Police report showed that personnel of PS-4 served the search warrant at the house of Reyes in Tawid Sapa 1, Barangay San Agustin, Novaliches around 4:30 p.m.

However, during the implementation of the warrant, Reyes suddenly fired at the responding officers hitting Patrolman Francis Suva on the front side of his vest.

A brief shootout ensued resulting in the death of the suspect.

Authorities were able to recover from the scene a caliber .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, ammunition, and a large plastic sachet containing white substance suspected to be shabu.

Also seized during the search were a caliber .22 Cobra Magnum revolver and two aluminum foil strips with traces of shabu.

Further investigation showed that Reyes was arrested last 2016 for illegal drugs and released through plea bargaining in January 2019. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man killed by riding in tandem in Pasig

A man was killed after he was shot multiple times by men riding-in-tandem in Pasig City Thursday night.

A police record showed that 26-year-old Joshua Habalo died on-the-spot after he was shot several times in the body by two men onboard a black motorcycle without license plates.

Initial investigation revealed that Habalo was shot by the gunmen while driving his scooter along Octagon Street in Barangay Dela Paz at around 9:30 p.m.

The suspects then quickly fled the crime scene heading towards Marcos Highway.

Personnel from Pasig City Emergency Unit responded to the scene but Habalo died before they arrived due to multiple bullet wounds.

Probers recovered two spent shells and two deformed slugs from a still undetermined caliber of firearm.

Investigation to determine the suspects and their motives is ongoing, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Drug peddler arrested in San Juan

A woman, who allegedly peddles drugs through text messages, was arrested by police in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City Thursday.

Police Colonel Ariel Fulo, San Juan City Police chief, identified the suspect as Aurora Hernandez, 48, of Barangay Bagong Lipunan, Quezon City.

Hernandez was nabbed along 2nd West Street in Barangay West Crame around 4:30 p.m. by the members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit.

Police said Hernandez conducts her illegal drug activities through text messages. Her customers would also text her the place where they would meet for the delivery of the purchased illegal drugs.

Cops asked her to name her source of illegal drugs but she refused to reveal them, police added.

Recovered from the suspect were two sachets of suspected shabu and the P500 marked money.

Hernandez will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Alleged drug peddler in 2016 Closeup Forever Summer concert gunned down

A man, who was arrested in 2016 for allegedly being part of a group that sold illegal drugs at the Closeup Forever Summer concert, was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Pasig City on Thursday night.

Colonel Rizalito Gapas, Pasig police chief, identified the victim as Joshua “Josh” Habalo, 26.

Around 9 p.m., according to a police report, Habalo was aboard his motorcycle when the two gunmen suddenly appeared and shot him several times along Octagon St. in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig. He died on the spot.

Investigators said that the motorcycle of the gunmen has no license plate.

After killing Habalo, the motorcycle-riding gunmen reportedly sped off towards Marcos Highway.

“Habalo was arrested before for his alleged involvement in the drug peddling activity in the Closeup Forever Summer concert. However, he was released as the drugs seized from him were not yet included in the list of illegal drugs,” Gapas said.

The victim was not sued that year because the drug found in his possession contained only synthetic cathinone, which is not listed as an illegal drug substance under Republic Act No. 9165 or the Comprehensive Drug Act.

In the early morning of May 22, 2016, five people, including a 33-year-old American, died after reportedly taking alleged illegal drugs during the said concert in Pasay City. (Jel Santos)

HVT for illegal drugs nabbed in Pasig

The anti-drugs unit of the Eastern Police District (EPD) is back on its feet following its latest arrest of an alleged high-value target in a buy-bust operation in Pasig City Thursday night.

EPD director Police Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan identified the suspect as Perlita Arias alias “Marsel,” 42, of Barangay Rosario, Pasig City.

Arias is listed as the second level high-value target of the EPD on illegal drugs, Tambungan said.

She was nabbed by the joint teams of the District Drug Enforcement Unit and the District Special Operations Unit along C. Raymundo Avenue in Barangay Caniogan, just a few meters from the headquarters of the Pasig City Police.

Cops seized from Arias were 15 sachets of suspected shabu, P3,500 cash, two wallets, two cellphones, a black pouch, a shoulder bag and the marked money.

Arias and the confiscated pieces of evidence were brought to EPD Crime Laboratory in Mandaluyong City for proper disposition.

Charges for the violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Arias, the EPD said.

“The arrested female drug suspect is a manifestation of our serious campaign against all forms of illegal activities especially illegal drugs,” Tambungan said.

“We will not stop in our quest for a genuinely peaceful and a drug-free Metro-East,” the EPD chief added.

The EPD anti-drugs unit was previously put in a bad light last March following the arrest of one of their subordinate for alleged extortion of a drug suspect.

This prompted Philippine National Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde to relieve its entire 15-member unit as well as former EPD director Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba for command responsibility. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Seven drug users caught by police in Caloocan

At least seven alleged drug personalities, who were caught engaging in illegal drug sessions, were arrested by police in Caloocan City on Thursday evening.

The Nothern Police District identified the arrested as Oscar Ladesma, Jimmy Manlapaz, Nelson Cipriano, Christian Ocampo, Antonio Martinez Jr., Danilo Bedina and Clifford Reyes.

Investigation showed that operatives of the Caloocan Police Community Precincts (PCP) 3 and 5 were conducting mobile patrols at around 9 p.m. when they were approached by concerned citizens.

Police officers from PCP-3 said that they were informed by a resident that there was an ongoing shabu session at the house of Ladesma in Bagong Silang; while officers from PCP-5 said that they were told by a resident that there was an ongoing pot session at the house of Martinez Jr. after the latter saw the activity through the window which was left open.

The police immediately went to the said houses to verify the reports.

Upon arrival, authorities from PCP-3 saw Ladesma, Manlapaz, Cipriano, and Ocampo in the act of sniffing suspected shabu.

Lawmen from PCP-5, meanwhile, also caught Martinez Jr., Bedina and Entia engaging in a pot session, leading to their arrest.

Seized from the seven drug personalities were three sachets of suspected shabu and eight different drug paraphernalia.

The seven arrested are now under the police custody for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

58-year-old man nabbed for selling illegal drugs and ammunition

A 58-year-old man was arrested after selling several sachets of suspected shabu and pieces of ammunition in a police buy-bust in Caloocan City on Thursday evening.

The Caloocan City police arrested Tito Orozco, married, resident of Barangay 73 of the same city.

Police report showed that operatives of the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) conducted a sting over illegal selling of firearms ammunition against Orozco on Masagana Street, Caloocan at around 7 p.m.

After the transaction, authorities arrested the suspect.

Seized from him were 10 pieces of caliber .40 live ammunition, which were the subject of the buy-bust operation; and two pieces of suspected shabu, which were caught in his possession.

The arrested suspect was then brought to the DSOU for proper disposition. (Joesph Almer Pedrajas)