ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Aug. 7, 2019)

Published August 7, 2019, 9:10 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

Tricycle driver shot dead in Taguig

While waiting for a passenger, a tricycle driver was shot dead at a tricycle terminal by a lone gunman Monday night in Taguig City.

Police identified the victim as Francis Kyle Adre, 23, resident of Barangay San Miguel, Taguig City. He suffered one gunshot wound in the head and died on the spot.

Investigation showed the incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. along Baybreeze Toda Tricycle terminal located along Seagull St., Taguig City.

The police said that witnesses claimed that the victim was seated at his tricycle waiting for his turn in conveying passengers when unidentified suspect suddenly appeared and shot the victim in the head.

The suspect reportedly walked casually after shooting the victim going to an unknown direction.

An investigation is ongoing. (Jean Fernando)

P320K worth of ‘marijuana’ seized in Caloocan 

A total of P320,000 worth of suspected marijuana was recovered by authorities from two men during a pre-dawn buy-bust operation in Caloocan City on Wednesday.

Police arrested Raymark Flores, 19, resident of Malabon City; and Danilo Bandesco, 35, resident of Caloocan City.

Investigation showed that members of Caloocan Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted the sting against two on KKK St. in Bagong Barrio at around 3:50 a.m.

Seized from them after the transaction were a medium-sized plastic bag containing dried suspected marijuana leaves and P1,000, which were the subject of the operation.

Also recovered from the suspects’ possession were one plastic bag containing dried suspected marijuana leaves weighing one kilogram with estimated street value of P20,000; 16 bricks of dried suspected marijuana leaves weighing 10 kilograms with estimated street value of P320,000; and an unknown caliber of revolver pistol.

The two were then brought to the police for proper disposition and might face charges for possession of illegal firearm and violation of the comprehensive dangerous drugs act, police said. (Joseph Pedrajas)

Cops on lookout for ‘basag-kotse’ gang

Police are now on the lookout for two “basag-kotse” gang members who broke into the car of a businesswoman, carting away cash and personal belongings on Tuesday night.

The complainant was identified as Winniemark Villanueva, resident of Parañaque City.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 6:35 in the evening at the Delcom Commercial Building along Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills Village, Cupang, Muntinlupa City.

Police said that the guard noticed the two suspects approached the car of the victim, a black Ford Titanium, bearing plate number NAC-8238 which was parked.

Suddenly the two suspects broke the glass on the right rear window and carted away one Lenovo Laptop bag and immediately boarded a motorcycle and fled towards east direction.

Fernandez tried to chase the suspects, but to no avail, he then called the attention of the car owner who later reported the incident to Police Community Precinct 4, of the Muntinlupa City Police Station.

Villanueva said that the black backpack contained a Lenovo laptop, Samsung A20, Philippine Passport, Governement IDs, cash worth 1,000, checks, a Motorcycle Key, credit cards and ATM cards.

Police are still conducting further investigation to apprehend the suspects. (Dhel Nazario)

Fire hits Caloocan grocery store

Fire hit the Puregold Monumento store along Samson Road in Caloocan City Tuesday evening.

Investigators pegged the damage at about P10,000.

The fire reportedly started at the Alajeros Congee Food Stall located at the second floor of Puregold Monumento at about 7:23 p.m.

Six fire trucks responded to the incident and firefighters were able to put out the blaze at about 7:46 p.m.

No casualties or injured were reported in the fire.

Fire investigators said they are still probing what may have caused the fire but they are looking into an apparent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) leak.

An investigation is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)