ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (June 19, 2019)

Two suspects nabbed in buy-bust op

Two drug suspects including a man who claimed to be a former member of the Philippine Army were arrested in a buy-bust in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

Police Lt. Col. Giovanni Caliao, chief of Quezon City Police Station 7 (PS-7), identified the arrested suspects as Daisy Potente, 39, and his companion Eril Laustristica, 33, both residents of Barangay Immaculate Conception in Cubao.

According to Caliao, Laustristica said he was an ex-Army assigned in Tarlac before he went on absent without official leave (AWOL) in January this year.

After leaving the service, police said Laustristica joined Potente, who was a known drug peddler in the area, in her illegal activities.

Operatives of PS-7 Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a drug sting against the suspects at EDSA corner Aurora Boulevard in Barangay E. Rodriguez at about 10:30 p.m.

An undercover cop transacted with the suspects and purchased P500 worth of shabu resulting in their arrest.

Seized from the duo were eight sachets of shabu amounting to P4,000 and the buy-bust money.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, authorities are now checking the background of Laustristica and if he was a legitimate member of the army. (Alexandria San Juan)

Three fishermen and a woman arrested in buy-bust op

Three fishermen and one woman were nabbed during a buy-bust operation in Navotas City Tuesday morning.

Police identified the alleged drug suspects as John Cubos, 21, and resident of Kaganahan Street, Barangay North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN), Navotas; Michael Bonzon, 47; Jojo Delos Reyes, 24; and Marissa De Guzman, 39, jobless. The three men are fishermen while De Guzman is jobless, and all are residents of 417 Barangay NBBN.

Initial investigation showed that joint operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of the Navotas City Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted a buy-bust operation at the mentioned address.

This led to the arrest of the suspects after they allegedly sold a sachet containing an undetermined quantity of crystalline substance of suspected shabu to a poseur-buyer at around 2:30 a.m of June 18.

The suspects also yielded 13 more sachets of suspected shabu.

The P300 used as buy-bust money was seized from them. The other seized items are now under police custody, the police said. (Dylan Afuang)

Top 9 most wanted person in Navotas arrested

The top 9 most wanted person accused of frustrated murder in Navotas City was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.

The police identified the arrested as Romeo Rocela, 31, jobless, and resident of Bacog Street, Barangay Daang Hari, Navotas.

By virtue of an arrest warrant, the police arrested Rocela at M. Devera Street, Barangay Sipac, Navotas at around 1:40 p.m of June 18. The warrant was issued by Hon. Ronald Q. Torrijos, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 288 in the city.

No other incidents occurred during the arrest, police said. Rocela is now under the custody of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology of the city, they added. (Dylan Afuang)

Fetus found on Makati City pavement

A foul odor led to the discovery of a fetus left along a pavement in Makati City on Tuesday morning.

Angelie Salinas, a canteen owner, discovered the fetus along Llanera St. in Barangay Bangkal, Makati around 10 a.m.

She told investigators that she was tending her canteen when she smelled something stinky.

Out of curiosity, she traced where the stinky odor was coming from. She then discovered that it was a fetus left along on a pavement.

The fetus was left near a plastic bag containing trash.

Probers said they did not find any witness. Police are now determining if who left the fetus on the pavement. They said that they are now checking closed-circuit television cameras in the area. (Jel Santos)

Sexagenarian man nabbed for molesting a minor in Valenzuela

 A 63-year-old man who allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl was arrested by authorities in Valenzuela City on Tuesday evening.

The Valenzuela City Police identified the suspect as Jovencio Gohol, a member of the city’s Bantay Estudyante team.

Police said that prior to the latest incident which led to the suspect’s arrest, the victim said that she had already been molested allegedly by Gohol twice in front of Wawang Pulo National High School.

Investigation showed that the victim was inside a computer shop in Barangay Wawang Pulo, Valenzuela at around 7 p.m. when she saw the suspect looking at her maliciously, prompting her to hide inside a tricycle.

When the victim realized that Gohol was no longer in her sight, she immediately ran and went t her father and told him about the suspect and the past incidents that happened.

Upon knowing what happened to his daughter, the victim’s father immediately sought police assistance that led to Gohol’s arrest.

Police said that the suspect, who is now under police custody, might face two counts of attempted rape cases and be charged for violation of the anti-child abuse law. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Man posing as a doctor and wanted for estafa nabbed in San Juan

Police arrested yesterday a man who pretended to be a doctor and wanted for 14 counts of violation of Bouncing law and 2 counts of estafa in San Juan.

The suspect was identified as Jhon Patrick Policarpio, of legal age and a resident of Barangay Addition Hills San Juan.

It was gathered that aside from posing as a doctor. Policarpio also disguised as a medical technologist, and nurse in Barangay Addition Hills, San Juan.

Police Lt. Col. Richard Caballero, chief of the CIDG-DSOU, said a victim went to their office last August 2018 and filed a medical malpractice complaint.

The police report showed that According to the victim, ( name withheld) Policarpio introduced himself in a fitness center last August 2016 and sold beauty products to customers and staff there.

Since the victim was in need of pneumonia vaccine for his father, he availed of the suspect’s service from 2016 to 2017 thinking he was authorized to administer medical procedure like the injection of antibiotics, vaccines, glutathione, and vitamins via intravenous drip and intra-muscular injection.

The victim also said Policarpio enticed him to invest P200,000 in a business venture. However, he was unable to get his money back when the suspect said the Anti-Money Laundering Council froze his account.

The victim, sensing he was duped, conducted his own investigation and discovered that Policarpio was not registered in the Professional Regulation Commission.

Authorities are waiting for the resolution of the medical malpractice case filed against Policarpio.

After years of hiding, authorities was informed that Policarpio went back to his residence in Barangay Addition Hills where he was arrested. (Madelynne Dominguez)

Leader of Supremo crime gang killed in shootout with police, four others arrested

An alleged leader of the Supremo crime gang was gunned down by police while four other suspects were arrested in Tondo, Manila on Wednesday.

Police said agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the Manila Police District (MPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), MPD Station 1 and the Smokey Mountain Police Community Precinct served a search warrant against the suspects at the Permanent Housing, Balut, Tondo Manila at around 9:10 a.m. on June 19.

The search warrant was issued by Quezon City Branch 106 Judge Angelene Mary Sale for violation of the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

A police report showed Salazar Santos, the alleged crime gang leader, opened fire at the cops. The police returned fire killing Santos on the spot.

After the shootout, the officers were able to arrest the other suspects and identified them as Amora Gabon, Jericho Magora, Aileen Andrade and Jayson Landicho.

However, the other suspect, identified as Maria Fe Alivario managed to escape.

Recovered from the arrested suspects were a caliber .45 pistol, two hand grenades, two caliber .38 revolver, three caliber .38 bullets, a. 38 pistol, one magazine, five Super .38 bullets, a caliber 9 mm pistol, and 66 sachets of shabu worth P50,000. (Erma Edera)