ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (July 20, 2019)

Published July 20, 2019, 8:53 PM

by CJ Juntereal

Suspected thieves killed by cops in QC

Three robbery hold-up suspects were killed by the police in an armed encounter in Quezon City early Saturday.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said the slain suspects were identified through their identification cards as Dunhill Dela Cruz, alias “Labong,” Jeffrey Gloria, and Jesse Forte Jr., all residents of Manila.

Initial investigation showed that personnel of QCPD Special Operations Unit received an information at past 12 a.m. that members of so-called “Nonoy Hermosa Robbery Group” will victimize residents in Barangay Sto. Domingo.

Authorities immediately responded to the report. Upon checking the area, officers spotted four men onboard two motorcycles who matched the description of their informant.

When police were about to approach the group, the men suddenly pulled out their handguns and shot at the officers resulting in a shootout.

During the exchange of fires, one of the men managed to escape from the scene which was later identified as certain Nonoy Hermosa who was the leader of the group.

Meanwhile, Hermosa’s member died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds on their bodies.

Three caliber .45 handguns and a sachet of shabu were recovered from the suspects.

A follow-up investigation is now ongoing to locate and arrest Hermosa. (Alexandria San Juan)

P15k worth of ‘shabu’ seized in Caloocan sting

About P15,000 worth of suspected shabu were seized from two suspects in a buy-bust operation at Barangay 33 in Maypajo, Caloocan City Friday night.

Police identified the suspects as Antonio Cuevas, 56, house painter, resident of Novaliches, Quezon City; and Rowell Cangmaong, 29, jobless, resident of Barangay 33, Maypajo, Caloocan City.

Elements of the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit conducted the sting at about 8:30 p.m.

Investigation showed that the two drug suspects were arrested after selling six pieces of 12 gauge shotgun ammunition worth P200 to a poseur buyer.

Six sachets of suspected shabu worth about P15,000, the pieces of ammunition, and the marked money were retrieved from the suspects.

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 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Tiangco)