ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Sept. 24, 2019)

Published September 24, 2019, 7:19 PM

by CJ Juntereal

Senior citizen shot dead in Pasay sting

A 62-year-old alleged drug personality died after shooting it out with anti-narcotics operatives in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City Monday night.

Police Capt. Deni Mari Pedrozo of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) identified the suspect as Manuel Abonita, alias Manny. Abonita was declared dead on arrival at the Pasay City General Hospital after he sustained two gunshot wounds on the body.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 10:15 in the evening at Sitio Wella, Balagbag, Barangay 201, Zone 20, Pasay City.

Police said that an anti-drug operation was conducted against Abonita, who was involved in the proliferation of illegal drugs in their area.

According to authorities, a police poseur buyer was able to purchase P500 worth of illegal drugs from Abonita that led to his arrest. Police said that the suspect resisted, and pulled out his firearm and fired back at police who retaliated.

He was later rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Police recovered from his possession a caliber .45 pistol loaded with four pieces of live ammunition, 28 pieces of small transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, P500 buy bust money, and P1,000 worth of suspected drug money. (Dhel Nazario)

P200k worth of jewelry robbed from a woman in San Juan

A woman lost over P200,000 worth of assorted jewelry and cash from an “akyat-bahay” robber who broke into her house in San Juan City Monday.

Police said victim Rowena Rodrigo, 53, left her house located in Barangay Tibagan at around 7:30 a.m.

She went away to work and returned four hours later at around 12:15 p.m.

Initial investigation showed that when Rodrigo arrived, she found that the gate of her house and its front door were forcibly opened.

Her belongings inside the house were also reportedly ransacked by the still to be identified perpetrator.

Rodrigo told probers that her assorted jewelry worth around P100,000, 2000 US dollars equivalent to over P100,000, and P30,000 cash were missing.

Investigators have already requested the security footages from nearby residential houses to possibly identify the burglar. (Jhon Casinas)

13 drug suspects collared in QC buy-bust

Thirteen drug suspects were rounded up by the police in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Quezon City Monday night and Tuesday morning.

First to be arrested was Mervin Mahusay, 26, who was nabbed by personnel of Quezon City Police District’s Anonas Police Station (PS-9) after yielding a sachet of shabu hidden in his pouch.

Police report showed Mahusay was inside the University of the Philippines campus gym about 10 a.m. Monday when the duty security guard noticed that he was uneasy and suspicious.

This prompted the officer to ask for the suspect’s identification card which led to the recovery of the illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Masambong Police Station (PS-2) arrested Arlen Jumawan, 40, after a concerned citizen tipped the police of her illegal drug activity at Capricorn Street in Brgy. Bagong Pag-asa around 10:50 p.m.

Officers seized from him three sachets of shabu worth P18,500

Members of Kamuning Police Station (PS-10) Drug Enforcement Unit nabbed 23-year-old Kenneth Besario after yielding a medium sachet of dried marijuana leaves in a drug sting at Matalino Streey in Brgy. Central around 11:20 p.m.

Around 1:30 a.m. Monday, anti-narcotics officers of Batasan Police Station (PS-6) seized P27,000 worth of shabu from Excel De Vera, 30, Erick Taup, 25 and Anabelle Dolera, 39, in a buy-bust in Brgy. Old Balara.

Same operatives also collared Mariel Casil, 23, and Jeffrey Rosales, 29, at Don Antonio Height in Brgy. Holy Spirit aroun 2:10 a.m. Confiscated from the group were five sachets of shabu.

In Barangay Bahay Toro, officers of Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) nabbed Mark Upod, 22, and Arman Arnaiz, 38, during an Oplan Sita on the corner of Jupiter and Uranus Streets around 2:45 a.m.

The suspects were initially accosted for driving a motorcycle without helmets and for not wearing shirts but each yielded a sachet of shabu when frisked by checkpoint officers.

At around 6:20 a.m., Galas Police Station (PS-11) personnel nabbed in a buy-bust Armando Aguila Jr., 42, Danilo Banatao, 45, and Carlo Cardenio, 30 at G. Araneta Streey near corner Kaliraya Street, around 6:20 a.m. At least four sachets of shabu were seized from the suspects.

Arrested suspects are now under custody of their respective police stations and charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against them. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man gunned down in Caloocan

A man was killed after allegedly engaging the police in a firefight when they were flagged while he and his cohorts were on board a motorcycle in Caloocan City Monday evening.

He was identified as Mark Llanete. His cohort, Fernando Pascual, 30, was arrested; while police are still hunting down their one more companion.

Investigation showed that members of Caloocan City Police Anti-Carnapping Unit were conducting ‘Oplan Sita’ along A. Mabini St. in Maypajo area around 9:40 p.m. when the incident happened.

Police said that Llanete immediately drew his firearm and fired shots at the lawmen after they were flagged down, but authorities quickly retaliated and hit him on his jaw, leading to his death

The two others then fled on foot, but Pascual was arrested after a chase.

Recovered from the scene were a revolver handgun and their service motorcycle. (Joseph Pedrajas)

Enforcer injured in road mishap

An enforcer from the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau was hit by a “reckless” armored van driver along West Zamora in Pandacan on Monday afternoon.

Traffic Enforcer Van Caguyong of Sector 6 was immediately rushed to Ospital ng Maynila for medical treatment.

The driver, identified as Ruel Gabisan, is now under the custody of the Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team (SMaRT).

MTPB information officer Angelo Navas said the armored van was impounded by the bureau due to “reckless driving.”

As of press time, Traffic Enforcer Caguyong has been discharged from the hospital but still unable to stand and walk. (Erma Edera)