ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (May. 14, 2019)

Published May 14, 2019, 3:45 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Man nabbed for urinating in public and gun possession

A man who was allegedly drunk and caught urinating in public was arrested when he also yielded a .45 caliber firearm in Caloocan City Sunday night. 


Initial investigation showed that while police were patrolling T.E Village, Barangay 185 at around 10:40 p.m, they caught a certain Tomas Laureta, 40, a construction worker, resident of Barangay Pasong Putik, Quezon City, reportedly urinating in a public place. He was also said to be under the influence of alcohol. 


When the police approached the suspect, Laureta reportedly dropped a .45 caliber firearm, prompting the police to arrest him on the spot.


The firearm had no serial number and contained a magazine with seven live ammunition, the investigation added. (Dylan Afuang)

Shootout between two guards occur an hour after elections began in Marikina 

An hour after the midterm elections began, a shooting incident between two security guards transpired at Marikina City Hall, incumbent Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said.

Teodoro, who is running unopposed as city mayor, said the shooting happened around 7 a.m. at the side entrance of the City Hall located at Shoe Avenue in Barangay Sta. Elena.

He added that no one was in the building when the shooting happened.

In a report reaching Eastern Police District, the suspect was identified as Ely Cantuba, 49, security guard of Pentino Security Agency.

The victim, who still yet to be identified, was rushed to Amang Rodriguez Medical Hospital.

“Nag-away sila tungkol dun sa shift nila kasi late yata dumating yung isa. Tapos matagal na pala silang nag-aaway,” Teodoro told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.

Prior to the shooting, Teodoro said the security guards were not armed.

“Kinuha yung baril sa safety deposit box, dahil hindi nga pinagdadala because of the election,” he said, adding that a police personnel was also stationed near the guards’ post.

The city mayor revealed that the involved security personnel was employees of a private security agency hired by the local government to secure the two-story government building.

“Pina-cancel ko na ang contract nung security agency because of the incident,” Teodoro said.

“Pina-filan ko na agad ng corresponding complaint. Ngayon cancelled na yung contract ng security agency,” he added.

Meanwhile, one of the security guards sustained an injury after the shooting and was rushed to the hospital. Teodoro said the security personnel is now stable.

According to Teodoro, the suspect is now undergoing inquest proceedings for attempted homicide.

He added that the case was not an election-related incident but an isolated one.

Police recovered a 9mm pistol with a magazine loaded with seven live ammunition. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)