ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (May. 21, 2019)

Published May 21, 2019, 7:04 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Alleged drug addict attacks brother, cousins in San Andres Bukid

A 35-year-old man believed to be under the influence of drugs was arrested after he physically assaulted his brother and two cousins in San Andres Bukid, Manila Monday evening.

Investigation showed that the suspect, Melchor Lula, armed with a 10-inch knife, approached and suddenly punched his cousin Richard Grueso, 21, who was standing in front of a barbecue store at the corner of Onyx and Dagohoy Streets at around 9:40 p.m. on May 20.

The suspect’s brother, Samuel Lula, 33, and another cousin, Resty Grueso, 18, saw the incident from a distance and rushed to the scene to pacify the suspect.

But instead of stopping, Melchor hit Resty and stabbed Samuel in the face.

Thereafter, Samuel was immediately brought to Ospital ng Maynila for medical treatment while Melchor was apprehended by elements of Dagonoy Police Community Precinct (PCP).

According to Dagohoy PCP commander Capt. Dave Garcia the suspect attacked his relatives for no apparent reason.

“Ilang ulit ko siyang tinanong bakit niya ginawa iyon, kung nagkaroon sila ng awa. Wala raw,” he said.

But Garcia said that the relatives of Melchor confirmed that he was a drug user. (Ria Fernandez)

Police Corporal and companion nabbed after mauling two men in Quezon City

A police corporal and his 19-year-old companion were arrested by the police in Quezon City on Monday after mauling two men who allegedly cursed at them.

Police Lt. Col. Rossel Cejas, chief of Quezon City Police Station 4 (PS-4), identified the arrested cop as Police Cpl. Omar Lopez, 31, and his companion Ajan Tigas, 19, both residents of Barangay Bagbag in Novaliches.

It appears that Lopez is assigned to the Northern Police District Headquarters in Caloocan City.

The police report showed that victims Marlon Dela Cruz, 26, and Aljon Aromin, 29, were traversing at Seminary Road corner Ero Street while onboard a motorcycle around 3 a.m., Monday.

The duo passed by at the suspects’ place and allegedly cursed them which irked Lopez and Tigas prompting them to chase the victims and mauled them.

The victims reported the incident to the Police Community Precinct 3 of (PS-4) who immediately responded resulting in the arrest of the suspects and confiscation of Lopez’ 9mm pistol service firearm.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody while a case of physical injury was filed against them at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. (Alexandria San Juan)

Electrician fell to his death after falling off a ladder in Quezon City

A usual workday of an electrician turned tragic after he fell off the ladder while repairing the electrical installation at the ceiling of a commercial building in Quezon City on Monday afternoon.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said the victim Patrick Santiago, 25, a resident of Quiapo, Manila, died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

According to the victim’s co-worker, Ramon Herrera, they were doing some electrical repair inside a unit at the third floor of a commercial building located at Katipunan Avenue in Barangay Milagrosa at past 1:50 p.m.

Herrera said was busy fixing the metal furring while Santiago was repairing the electrical installation at the ceiling of the unit using a ladder when he suddenly fell down.

The witness immediately helped the victim but he noticed that Santiago was already unconscious, prompting him to ask help to their foreman who reported the case to the police.

Authorities rushed the victim to Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC) for treatment where he eventually died around 2:50 p.m. due to severe injuries on his head and body.

Santiago’s brother, Efren, refused authorities to conduct an autopsy on the victim’s body and to further investigate the incident as he was convinced that what happened was an accident. (Alexandria San Juan)

Councilor killed in an ambush in Manila

A village councilor was killed in an ambush in Manila on Wednesday early morning, a week after a councilor in the same barangay was gunned down by unidentified men, police said.

The police identified the victim as Ernesto Sibug, 63, village councilor of Barangay 131, Zone 1 in Balut, Tondo, Manila.

He was brought to Tondo Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds on his body.

Investigation showed Sibug was about to board his gray Mitsubishi Adventure along Beltran Street corner Pinoy Street when the gunman, onboard a black Toyota Fortuner drove near him and shot at the front passenger window of Sibug’s car.

Then, the suspects fled towards Pinoy Street and turned right to Younger Street in Tondo, Manila.

The closed-circuit television footage showed that there was no conduction sticker on the gunman’s vehicle and its plate number was not readable.

Recovered from the crime scene were fired cartridges of a caliber .45 handgun.

The body was brought to Sumilang Funeral Parlor for autopsy and safekeeping.

Police Staff Sergeant Lester Evangelista of the Manila Police District-Homicide Section said an investigation is still ongoing to establish the motive behind the killing.

It can be recalled that on May 9, Joshua Nagpacan, a councilor of the same barangay was gunned down by three unidentified men onboard two motorcycles. (Erma Edera)

Call center agent nabbed for allegedly raping his daughter’s playmates

A call center agent, who allegedly raped two minor siblings, was arrested by police in Mandaluyong City Tuesday. The victims were said to be his daughter’s playmates.

A report submitted to Eastern Police District (EPD) director P/Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan identified the suspect as Earl Wendell Rivera, 41, of Parola, Tondo, Manila.

Members of the District Special Operations Unit arrested Rivera along Guevarra Street in Barangay Mauway around 9 a.m. by the virtue of an arrest warrant.

Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Judge Juliet Manalo-San Gaspar issued the warrant against Rivera on Aug. 16, 2018, for the charge of rape.

Investigation showed that Rivera raped the two siblings, aged nine and four, on January 18 last year. He was reportedly identified by a previous neighbor of the victims.

According to a police report, the suspect raped the siblings whenever he was drunk and alone with the victims.

Police said the victims’ father filed a complaint against Rivera, but it was dismissed. He filed a motion to revive the case and it was granted by the court.

A warrant of arrest was then issued against Rivera who was nabbed after week-long surveillance.

Rivera denied the accusations, saying it was all made up, police said.

He is currently detained at Mandaluyong City Police detention cell. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)