ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (May. 18, 2019)

Published May 18, 2019, 11:38 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Motorcycle thief mauled by bystanders in police precinct 

An alleged motorcycle thief was mauled by bystanders when he was taken to a police precinct in Navotas City Friday night.

The police identified the suspect as John Kenneth Candelaria, 24, jobless, allegedly a member of the ‘Sputnik Gang,’ and resident of Quirino Highway, Barangay Baesa, Quezon City.

The suspect was mauled by bystanders in the precinct when he was taken by the motorcycle owner there to report the crime.

Initial investigation showed that a Mitsukoshi Bonus 110 motorcycle was stolen from a certain Ace Vergel Dichoso, resident of L. Santos St, Tangos South, Navotas, at around 11 p.m after Dichoso parked the motorcycle in front of his house and went inside to take a nap.

Dichoso discovered that his motorcycle was stolen after a neighbor reported that to him.

Dichoso and his neighbor then chased the suspect and found him pushing the motorcycle, as its engine failed to start, at Gov Pascual Street about 500 meters from Dichoso’s house, the investigation report said.

The victim brought the suspect to the police precinct where he also reported the crime.

The suspect is now under police custody. (Dylan Afuang)

Woman filing a complaint at MPD arrested

A 52-year old woman reporting that her documents were stolen at the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters was arrested for allegedly recruiting workers and promising them non-existing jobs in Qatar, police said on Friday.

Editha Montero was filing a complaint that she was robbed inside the MPD-Theft and Robbery Section when personnel of the MPD-General Assignment and Investigation Section (GAIS) placed her under arrest around 11:30 a.m. on May 16.

GAIS investigators said at least 12 complainants who were seeking Montero rushed to the police headquarters along United Nations Avenue after learning that she was there.

Police Chief Master Sergeant James Poso said Montero’s modus was to recruit prospective workers as a food server in Qatar and send them to a legitimate recruitment agency for a fee ranging from $100-$200 per person.

Since the agency is only looking for house helpers, the suspect would coach her recruits to tell the agency that they were working here as a maid and promised to take them to Qatar once they are deployed to Saudi Arabia, Poso said.

At least 12 recruits were promised to leave on April 30 and May 15, but the suspect suddenly disappeared until she went to the police headquarters.

Poso said the suspect was charged with illegal recruitment and estafa. (Erma Edera)

Woman arrested for attempting to sneak in illegal drugs at Navotas City Jail 

A woman was arrested after allegedly attempting to sneak in a sachet of suspected shabu at the Navotas City Jail on Friday afternoon.

Ricky Heart Pegalan, city jail chief inspector, identified her as Avegail Umali, 21, resident of Barangay North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas City.

Investigation showed that Umali was about to visit an inmate identified as Reginal Jacobe at around 1:30 p.m. when she was asked for an inspection.

JO1 Gennylyn Pinaching was already inspecting Umali’s belongings when the suspect tried to grab her shoulder bag from the jail officer.

Pinaching asked Umali to return it after she became suspicious of her.

A sachet of an undetermined amount of suspected shabu, which she hid on the bag’s improvised secret pocket, was recovered from the suspect.

Umali and the confiscated item were then brought to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Laboratory Service for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Suspected arsonist arrested after burning down a house in QC

A suspected arsonist was nabbed by the police after he allegedly burned down a house in Quezon City on Saturday morning.

Fire Marshal Jaime Ramirez, chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Quezon City, said that the fire engulfed a house owned by a certain Imelda Entrada located in a subdivision in Barangay Talipapa.

Probers said the fire broke out in a bedroom at the second floor of Entrada’s concrete house around 6:37 a.m. and reached first alarm around 6:44 a.m.

The fire lasted for more than 30 minutes before it was declared out by responding firemen.

No casualties or injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, the initial report from the Quezon City Police Station 3 showed that the fire was allegedly intentional and was put up by the suspect Ariel Entrada, 31, who is now under police custody.

However, Ramirez said they are still investigating if the incident is a case of arson as there is no witness to the crime. (Alexandria San Juan)