ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Aug. 19, 2019)

Published August 19, 2019, 7:54 PM

by CJ Juntereal

Cops arrest man who killed boy, injured mother

A man was arrested for killing a 15-year-old boy and injuring his 58-year-old mother in their house at Barangay Longos in Malabon City Sunday morning.

Police identified the victim as Christian Andrew Gonzales; and his mother, Elizabeth Gonzales.

The suspect, who police identified as Angelo James Dejados, 28, jobless, resident of the area, was arrested during a follow-up operation. His unidentified cohort remains at-large.

Investigation showed that the assailants broke into the victims’ house through a window at the second floor at about 4:30 a.m.

The suspects carted away two iPhones, a Samsung Note 3 phone, a Samsung Galaxy A6 phone, and a Nokia phone.

As they were about to leave the house, Elizabeth, who was awakened by footsteps going down the stairs, went out of her room and saw the suspects, police said.

The suspects, armed with two kitchen knives, stabbed Elizabeth on different parts of her body. Christian, who was also roused by the commotion, was stabbed on his neck and different parts of his body.

After the suspects fled, Elizabeth went out of her house and sought the neighbors’ help. The two were rushed to Ospital ng Malabon, but Christian was pronounced dead on arrival.

Retrieved from the crime scene were the two kitchen knives used by the suspects and a backpack.

Police are now preparing to file charges of robbery with homicide and frustrated murder against the suspects.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the arrest of Dejados’ cohort. (Minka Tiangco)

Suspected thief killed in a shootout 

An unidentified man who reportedly stole a motorcycle was killed in an alleged shootout with the police at Barangay 161 in Caloocan City Sunday morning.

The fatality was seen to be wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black helmet.

According to a report, a certain Analyn Cortez Bonafe, 25, was driving her Yamaha Mio Sporty motorcycle along West Service Road in Caloocan City at about 5:15 a.m.

Then, two unidentified men reportedly took the motorcycle from her at gunpoint.

Elements of the Intelligence Branch and Special Operations Unit conducted a follow-up operation after Bonafe reported the incident to the Caloocan City Police Station.

When the police saw the men near the area where they allegedly stole the motorcycle, one of the perpetrators reportedly engaged the lawmen in a firefight as his cohort fled.

The police retaliated and hit the assailant on different parts of his body, killing him instantly.

Retrieved from the crime scene was the stolen motorcycle and a caliber .38 firearm.

Investigation and follow-up operation is ongoing for the identification of the assailants and the arrest of the other alleged thief.  (Minka Tiangco)

Woman killed by passing train

A woman was killed after she was hit by a Philippine National Railway (PNR) train in Caloocan City on Sunday.

Police said that a tricycle driver tried to bring the victim to the nearby hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival.

Investigation showed that the victim, around 30-40 years old, 5’2” and wearing gray and floral t-shirt, was walking along the railway in Barangay 33 at around 5:50 p.m. when the incident happened.

Police said the victim was hit by the left side of the PNR train, which came from Tutuban Station going to Gov. Pascual in Malabon.

Police added that due to impact, she was thrown away and landed at the nearby basketball court.

A security guard only reported the incident to the police almost three hours after.

P/Col. Noel Flores, Caloocan City police chief, said that they are still establishing the identity of the victim as investigation is ongoing. (Joseph Pedrajas)

Grandson,18, stabs grandma, 75

A 75-year-old woman was injured after she was stabbed with a screw driver by her grandson inside their house in Malabon Ciy on Sunday early morning.

P/Col. Jessie Tamayao, Malabon police chief, identified the victim as Hermenia Cruz; while the suspect as Jericho Cruz Jr., 18, both residents of the city.

Police said that Hermenia sustained neck injury when Jericho allegedly stabbed her using a 9-inch screw driver while she was sleeping in Barangay Maysilo around 4:20 a.m.

Hermenia’s situation was later discovered by her grandson, Christopher, who went inside her room. He immediately told his uncle Jerryco Sr. about it.

Jerryco Sr. rushed to the scene and saw his mother, with a screw driver in her neck and covered with blood.

Hermenia, who is now in stable condition after she was rushed to a Caloocan hospital, pointed to Jericho as the one who did the crime, leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Police said that they are still establishing the motive behind the incident. (Joseph Pedrajas)

Fourteen drug suspects nabbed 

Fourteen alleged drug personalities were nabbed by the police in a series of anti-illegal drug operations in Quezon City on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Personnel of Quezon City Police District’s Kamuning Police Station (PS-10) arrested in a buy-bust Aristotle Roco, 35, in front of a junkshop at Kamuning Road near corner Judge Jimenez Street in Brgy. Kamuning around 9:30 p.m.

Seized from Roco were two sachets of shabu and the buy-bust money.

Thirty minutes after, same operatives rounded up suspects Bryan Telles, a 31-year-old security guard and his cohorts Erwin  Bagtas, 28, and Samboy Quendangan, 29 during a drug sting in front of a mall along EDSA in Brgy. Veterans.

Police confiscated from the group five sachets of shabu, a black Toyota Vios, and the mobile phone used in the transaction.

Meanwhile, members of La Loma Police Station (PS-1) Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) collared Jesus Banigon 45, and Jaimar Torres, 33, who were caught in a drug transaction at J. Pineda Street in Brgy. Pag-ibig sa Nayon around 1 a.m. Monday.

Two sachets of shabu were confiscated from them.

The duo’s arrest stemmed from a report of after a concerned citizen who tipped the police of their illegal drug activity.

Anti-narcotics operatives of Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) arrested Eugene Galicia, 20, and Edward Garcia, 29, after yielding two sachets of dried marijuana leaves, some drug paraphernalia, and a caliber .38 revolver with ammo in an Oplan Sita at Road 16 in Barangay Bahay Toro around 3:30 a.m.

At around 4:30 a.m., Cubao Police Station (PS-7) SDEU personnel nabbed in a drug bust Roderick Barrera, 36, and Daniel Catan, 43 at Farmers Market where authorities confiscated 12 sachets of shabu.

PS-7 operatives also arrested Bobby Rubio, 29, and Catherine Gonzaga, 33, in a separate buy-bust in the corner of Cambridge Street and Aurora Boulevard in Brgy. E. Rodriguez around 5 a.m.

Ten sachets of shabu were seized from the two suspects.

Same personnel of PS-7 confiscated more than P6,000 worth shabu from Rachel Miranda, 42, and Erickson Bilin, 39 in another drug sting at Westpoint Street corner Aurora Boulevard around 7 a.m.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Alexandria San Juan)