ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Aug. 1, 2019)

P35k worth of 'marijuana' seized in Mandaluyong

Some P35,000 worth of suspected dried marijuana leaves were seized from a drug suspect whose nephew pointed him as a source of illegal drugs in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday night.

Police Col. Moises Villaceran Jr identified the suspect as Ramil Alesna, 49, of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

Alesna was nabbed by police during a drug sting along Block 27 in Barangay Addition Hills at around 10 p.m.

Police seized from Alesna a backpack containing three blocks of suspected dried marijuana leaves.

“The suspected marijuana weighed more or less a kilo,” Villaceran told the Manila Bulletin.

Authorities also recovered the marked money and several paraphernalia believed used to repack the contraband.

Alesna’s nephew, identified as 25-year-old Rolando Migriño, was arrested by police two hours earlier for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

Villaceran said Migriño pointed his uncle as his source of illegal drugs.

When Migriño was interrogated to reveal his source, the suspect first hesitated, Villaceran added.

Police recovered a sachet of suspect shabu from Migriño. He is also included in the Eastern Police District drug watchlist, police said.

They are now both detained at Mandaluyong City Police detention cell.  (Jhon Casinas)

Two thieves nabbed at QC checkpoint

Two men who were flagged down by the police in a checkpoint turned out to be thieves who robbed a coconut store in a Quezon Ciy market, police reported on Thursday.

Quezon City Police Station 7 chief, Lt. Col. Giovanni Caliao, said suspects Rodel Arisco, 26, of Antipolo City and Mario De Leon, 56, of Barangay E Rodriguez, Cubao, were initially apprehended for failing to present a driver's license.

Initial police report showed that PS-7 operatives were conducting a checkpoint on the corner of 15th Avenue and Mirasol Street in Cubao around 2:30 a.m. when they flagged down a tricycle for verification.

During the spot check, police said De Leon, who was driving the tricycle, failed to present a driver's license or the Official Receipt/Certificate of Registration (ORCR).

Authorities also drew suspicion to Arisco who was seemed to be uneasy inside the sidecar. He also presented an identification card which he said he borrowed from a friend in Mega Q-Mart.

Policemen told Arisco to accompany them to the market to find the owner of the ID.

While on their way, a certain Joshua Ibasco, 19, approached them and reported that someone sneaked inside their coconut stall and took his wallet and mobile phone while he was asleep.

When the police asked Arisco to present his wallet, the complainant positively identified that it was his which resulted in the arrest of the duo.

Police were able to recover the stolen wallet containing several IDs, cash, and the mobile phone worth P7,500.

The suspects are now under police custody and were charged with theft before the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office. (Alexandria San Juan)

Jail warden killed in ambush

The assistant jail warden of Bureau of Jail Management and Penelogy Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa died when ambushed by riding in tandem Thursday morning in Paranaque City.

Police identified the victim as Jail Senior Inspector Robert Barquez. He suffered several gunshot wounds in the body and died on the spot.

Investigation showed that the incident happened at about 11:00 a.m. along the stretch of Dona Soledad, Barangay Don Bosco, Paranaque City.

The police said that prior to the incident, the victim was riding his Mitsubishi Expander when two men on board a motorcycle suddenly appeared and blocked Barquez's path.

One of the suspects suddenly alighted from the motorcycle and shot the victim several times.

The suspects, after shooting the victim to death, immediately sped off going to the direction of Multinational Village.

Investigation is still ongoing. (Jean Fernando)

Three enforcers arrested for extortion in Pasay 


Three traffic enforcers were arrested after a motorist filed a complaint to the police of extortion early Thursday morning in Pasay City.

Colonel Bernard Yang, Pasay City police chief, identified the suspects as Jovelino Cayetona, 35; Rogelio Acebuche, both traffic enforcers of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Romualdo Aggabao, 53, a member of Pasay City Traffic Management Office.

According to Yang, Daryl Warde, 24, a resident of Barangay San Isidro, Makati City filed a complaint against the three suspects at the CCP Complex Community Precinct.

The victim claimed that he was apprehended by the suspects along Macapagal Boulevard allegedly for a traffic violation.

The suspects were now confined at the Pasay City police detention facility.  (Jean Fernando)