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

Published July 14, 2019, 9:01 PM

by CJ Juntereal

Intrepid cops jump into Pasig River to arrest fugitive

Policemen had to jump into the Pasig River on Saturday just to pursue a suspect long wanted for the crime of homicide.

Police Lieutenant Jose Drexell Molina, Pasig City Police Community Precinct 3 commander, identified the suspect as Mark Lester Rodrigo of Barangay Bambang in Pasig City.

According to Molina, he and men, who were about to serve a warrant of arrest on Rodrigo in Barangay Bambang at around 2 p.m. last Saturday, had to risk their lives in trying to collar Rodrigo, who jumped into the river in a bid to escape law enforcers.

The suspect was walking along V. Pozon Street when he noticed the arrival of the police officers, and, sensing that he had nowhere to go, jumped into the river. It was while he was in the water that Rodrigo was finally subdued and arrested by the lawmen.

Ironically, the river had also figured prominently in the case of homicide that Rodrigo was facing.

On March 10, 2018, Rodrigo, along with his two sons and another man, mauled Bryan Reyes and two companions along G. Valderama Street, also in Barangay Bambang.

To escape Rodrigo and the other attackers, the victims jumped into the river. Unfortunately, Reyes never resurfaced.

Police said his body was discovered two days later in the waters off J.P. Rizal Street in Barangay Cembo, Makati City.

Rodrigo’s three cohorts were already apprehended early this year.

The three other suspects were already apprehended early this year, police said. Rodrigo was the last to remain at large until his arrest.

Rodrigo is currently detained at Pasig City Police detention cell. (Jhon Casinas)

Suspected thief killed by cops in Pasig 

A fleeing robbery suspect was killed after he was shot by police during a hot pursuit in Pasig City on Saturday.

Police identified the fatality as Edgar Cuerdo, 47, market porter, of Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

While a 17-year-old boy, who police said was Cuerdo’s cohort, was apprehended.

Investigation showed that at around 9:30 a.m., a patrolling policeman on motorcycle chased down the speeding suspects aboard a red motorcycle along Sandoval Avenue in Barangay Pinagbuhatan.

Upon reaching a gasoline station, the cop had cornered the duo. Instead of stopping, the suspect hit the cop’s motorcycle, police said.

The minor, on the other hand, alighted the motorcycle. Cuerdo left him behind where he was collared by authorities.

The hot pursuit continued until the suspect was cornered at Riverside Ilugin in Barangay Pinagbuhatan.

Police said Cuerdo yielded a handgun, which prompted the cop to shoot him, inflicting multiple bullet wounds on the suspect’s body.

Cuerdo was rushed to Pasig City General Hospital for treatment, but he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Meantime, the minor suspect was turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office for custody.

Prior to the incident, police said the duo forcibly snatched the cellphone of an unidentified victim, before speeding towards Sandoval Avenue.

Recovered from the crime scene were a caliber .38 revolver, four sachets of suspected shabu, a red motorcycle, and a cellphone. (Jhon Casinas)

3 men yield marijuana in Navotas police operation

Five sachets of suspected marijuana were seized from three suspects in a police operation at an internet café in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South in Navotas City on Sunday.

Arrested were Renden Mendez, 19; Frederick Barreso, 18; and AJ Brian Cedro, 18; all jobless and residents of the area.

Elements of the Navotas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the detective target drug personality monitoring and surveillance operation at about 12:45 a.m.

According to a report, the suspects were arrested after the police chanced upon them transacting in drug transactions with each other.

Retrieved from the suspects were five sachets of suspected and a glass tube containing an undetermined quantity of the same illegal substance.

The seized pieces of evidence were brought to the Northern Police District Crime Laboratory Office for laboratory examination.

The arrested suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Tiangco)

7-year-old injured in a motorcycle accident in Caloocan

A 7-year-old boy was injured after he was hit by a motorcycle while he was running across a street at Barangay 175 in Camarin, Caloocan City on Saturday morning.

Police identified the victim as Mark Chua, resident of the area.

The motorcycle driver was identified by police as Richie Prima Tuala, 24, also a resident of the area. He was riding a Honda motorcycle.

Investigation showed that Chua was running to cross Sitio Matarik Street Block 3 in Caloocan City when he was hit by the front right portion of Tuala’s motorcycle.

Due to the impact, Chua rolled down the pavement and sustained physical injuries.

He was rushed to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital by his mother and a tricycle driver where he received medical treatment.

Tuala may fave charges for reckless imprudence resulting in physical injury. (Minka Tiangco)