ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Aug. 2, 2019)

Published August 2, 2019, 9:45 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

GPS in mobile phone tracks 2 suspected robbers

Two suspected robbers in Quezon City, who were tracked through the GPS of a mobile phone they took, were killed in an armed encounter with policemen chasing them.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief, BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., said the still unidentified suspects died on the spot after engaging in a shootout with cops on Thursday night.

Initial report from QCPD’s Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) showed that complainant Dulce Austria was riding a motorcycle driven by his son Ralph along P. Dela Cruz Street in Barangay San Bartolome around 10:30 p.m. when three men also onboard a motorcycle blocked them.

According to the victims, the duo took at gunpoint their eco bag containing undetermined amount of money and Dulce’s mobile phone, and their motorcycle.

The victims immediately reported the incident to the police, while the elder Austria told them that her phone’s global positioning system (GPS) was active.

PS-4 personnel immediately tracked possible whereabouts of the robbers and found that they were still roaming in the area of Barangay San Bartolome.

Around 11:30 p.m., responding officers of PS-4 went to the location to verify and saw three men on two motorcycles on the corner of St. Andrew and St. Jude Streets.

However, the group apparently noticed the approaching policemen prompting them to draw their firearms and fired at the operatives.

A brief shootout ensued which killed two of the suspects, while their other cohort managed to escape through a motorcycle.

A manhunt is now ongoing to identify and locate the suspect who escaped. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man peppered with bullets by unidentified gunman

A man allegedly involved in illegal drug activities was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Navotas City Thursday evening.

P/Col. Rolando Balasabas, Navotas police chief, identified him as Benedicto Leongson Jr., 22, resident of Cedric Compound in Barangay San Jose, Navotas.

Balasabas said that Leongson might be doing an illegal drug deal before he was peppered with bullets along Daangbanko St. in Barangay San Roque at around 5:30 p.m.

The police chief added that the victim still managed to run after he was shot, but eventually fell.

He died about 100 meters away from the crime scene where at least five fired bullets were recovered.

Leongson’s sister, Maricar, told police that her brother was no longer living in their home.

She said, she ordered him to leave allegedly because of his illegal drug activities.

Balasabas said that Leongson might be an illegal drug user and pusher.

Police are still establishing various possible motives behind the killing including the victim’s alleged failure to pay for drugs he used or sold.

Several possible suspects behind the incident are also being considered, police said. (Joseph Pedrajas)

P102,000 worth of shabu seized in Navotas

About P102,000 worth of suspected shabu were seized from five drug suspects in a police operation at Barangay North Bay Boulevard North in Navotas City Thursday morning.

Arrested were Roberto De Guzman, 51; Richard Antonio, 27; Rey Gilbuena, 44; Renato Gilbuena, 19; and Ramonito Dumayan, 37; all residents of the area.

Police said De Guzman was the maintainer of the drug den along Old Fish Port Road in Navotas City.

Joint elements of the Navotas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) served a search warrant issued by Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89 Judge Cecilyn E. Burgos-Villabert against the suspects about 9 a.m.

Confiscated from the suspects were 12 sachets of suspected shabu weighing about 15 grams with an estimated value of P102,000 and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The seized pieces of evidence and the suspects were turned over to the PDEA for proper disposition.

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