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Crane operator gunned down in Tondo

A crane operator was gunned down right in front of his live-in partner in Tondo, Manila Monday afternoon.

PO2 Jonathan Ruiz, of Manila Police District Homicide Division said 28-year-old Archie Ramirez died instantly after he was shot in the face.

According to Ruiz, the incident began when the suspect, Benjo Villanueva, about 40 to 45 years old, went to Ramirez house on Melendrez Street around 2:59 p.m.

Ramirez then went outside to meet Villanueva. The former’s live-in partner, Margielyn Legera followed Ramirez.

Legera told probers that while Ramirez was going down the stairs, Villanueva who was armed, immediately shot his partner.

As Ramirez fell on the floor, Villanueva casually walked away, bringing with him the gun he used.

Ruiz said  they went to the house of Villanueva in Building 21, Katuparan Village in Vitas, Tondo district but no one was inside.

Investigators have yet to determine the motive behind the attack. The body was moved to Archangel Funeral Homes for safekeeping.

Authorities continue to search the whereabouts of Villanueva as follow-up investigation on the case is being conducted. (Analou De Vera)

Sleeping waiter gunned by riding in tandem in Pasay

 A 25-year-old waiter who was  sleeping inside his house never regained consciousness after he was shot dead by at riding-in-tandem suspects in Pasay City Monday night.

PO3 Henry Manong, case investigator, identified the victim as Rowell Vega, of P. Medina St., Brgy. 32, Pasay.

Initial investigation showed that Vega was sleeping in the sala after his duty when the armed suspects arrived around 11 a.m. One of them barged into Vega’s house and shot him at close range repeatedly, Manong said, while the other suspect acted as a lookout.

Vega’s live-in partner, said she was in the kitchen when she heard the gunshots. When she rushed into the sala, Vega was already bathing in a pool of his own blood.

Vega’s live-in partner told police that she wasn’t able to see the face of the gunman but witnesses said the two suspects immediately sped off towards Arnaiz Avenue after the incident.

Witnesses said the motorcycle that the suspects used had no plate number.

Vega was rushed by her partner to Pasay City General Hospital but he was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Vega’s partner told police she couldn’t think of anyone who would do such thing to the victim as he was friendly, and had no known enemies.

Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered two empty shells from a caliber .40 pistol at the sala.

Manong said a follow up investigation was conducted to identify the suspects and determine the motive behind Vega’s killing. (Martin Sadongdong)

2  drug suspects slain in encounter

 Two men riding in tandem in a motorcycle were killed during an encounter with the patrolling mobile cars of the Paranaque City police  Monday night.

One of the victims was identified only as  Jong, said to be listed in the Paranaque City police drug watch list;  the other man  remains unidentified. The bodies of the suspects    were brought to the People’s Funeral Homes .

Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo, Paranaque City police chief, said the incident happened at about 10:50 p.m. along Sitio Sto. Nino, Greenhills, Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City.

Modequillo said that prior to the encounter, members of the Police Community Precinct (PCP-4)

were conducting routine patrol when a concerned citizen called up and reported that “Jong” was sighted at the given place.

He said that members of the PCP-4 immediately responded and tried to arrest “Jong” and his companion in a motorcycle.

The police chief said that the suspects, instead of surrendering peacefully, sped off going to the direction of Olivarez Compound but were blocked by another patrolling mobile car.

Modequillo said that  “Jong” with drawn firearm alighted from the motorcycle and fired at  the responding policemen forcing the latter to return fire.

Recovered from the crime scene were one .22 caliber with 7 live ammunition and one fired cartridge, one .38 caliber revolver with three live ammunitions, 12 sachets of suspected shabu, one weighing scale, one aluminum foil and seven empty shells of 9mm pistol. (Jean Fernando)

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