ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Dec. 31, 2019)

Published December 31, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Pedicab driver ambushed, killed in Camarin

A pedicab driver was not given the chance to ring in the new year after two men onboard a motorcycle gunned him down in Camarin, Caloocan City Monday evening.

Police identified the victim as Eric Tiguman, 44, resident of the area.

Investigation showed that Tiguman was plying San Vicente Ferrer Road at Barangay 178 in Caloocan at about 8 p.m.

Upon reaching the corner of Dalanghita Street, two unidentified men, who were on a motorcycle, appeared from behind the victim and shot him several times in different parts of the body, killing him instantly.

Police said they were conducting follow-up operation and reviewing available closed circuit television footages for the possible identification and arrest of the gunmen.

The assailants will be facing charges for murder when arrested, police said. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Man gunned down while onboard motorcycle in Pasay

A man was killed while his companion was wounded when two gunmen onboard a motorcycle shot them in Pasay City early Tuesday.

Police identified the fatality as Butchoy Arevalo and the wounded victim as Jonie Masagca, who is still under observation in a hospital. They are both residents of Caloocan City.

Col. Bernard Yang, Pasay Police chief, said that the victims were on a motorcycle travelling along Gil Puyat Avenue around 1:50 a.m. when the incident happened.

The unidentified assailants were believed to have tailed the victims before shooting them, he added.

In an ABS-CBN report, witnesses said that one of the suspects even alighted from his vehicle to make sure if the victims were already dead before escaping.

A councilor of the local barangay immediately sought assistance from authorities following the incident, prompting the Pasay City police to cordon off the crime scene.

“Our investigators are still getting closed-circuit television footage to establish the identity of the gunmen,” Yang said in an interview.

“We are also still investigating if the victims and the gunmen were drug suspects,” he added. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

2 killed in Novaliches, QC shooting

A 16-year-old boy died after he was hit by a stray bullet from two motorcycle-riding gunmen who gunned down a drug suspect in Novaliches, Quezon City Monday night.

Police Lt. Col. Rossel Cejas, chief of Quezon City Police District’s Novaliches Police Station (PS-4) identified the victims to be John Roeze Fermilan, 16, and Dannul Abbie Jaafar, 40, both from Barangay Gulod.

According to probers, victim Jaafar was standing at the corner of Baler Street and Eleuteria Street in Barangay Gulod around 7:44 p.m. when the incident happened.

A witness told police that she saw two men onboard a motorbike pulled their handguns and repeatedly shot Jaafar in the body.

Jaafar died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds while the attackers immediately fled the scene bringing the firearms used.

Meanwhile, victim Fermilan was walking on his way home near the area when he was hit by a stray bullet on his back.

Fermilan, a Grade 9 student, was rushed by his friend and bystanders to Novaliches General Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Police recovered from the scene five spent cartridge cases and a deformed used bullet.

Investigators are looking into illegal drugs as possible motive behind the killing as witnesses claimed that Jaafar was involved in illegal activities.

A follow-up investigation is now ongoing to establish the motive, as well as to identify and locate the gunmen. (Alexandria San Juan)

P25,000 worth of shabu seized in Mandaluyong buy-bust

Police seized over P25,000 worth of suspected shabu from an alleged drug peddler during a buy-bust operation in Mandaluyong City a night before New Year’s Eve.

The 32-year-old suspect, identified by police as Ronald Parilla, was arrested during a drug sting at Block 30, Welfareville Compound in Barangay Addition Hills.

Members of the Mandaluyong Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit launched the operation against the suspect at around 8:50 p.m. Monday.

A police poseur buyer purchased a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 from Parilla, according to a report from Eastern Police District.

After his arrest, cops also seized three more sachets of suspected shabu from the suspect.

Police said that the recovered illegal drugs weighed around 3.8 grams with an estimated value of P25,800.

Charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were filed against the suspect, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)