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Junk ship hit by fire

A fire hit the roof-deck of a junk ship at the Navotas City fish port Saturday morning.

FO2 Arbie Locahin of the Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire broke out at the Prince of Dragon’s roof-deck at Pier 5 at 10:34 a.m.

Joey Soreño, fish port foreman, said he was alarmed upon noticing smoke, afraid that the ship would explode once the fire hits the engine.

No one was hurt in the blaze. Fire out was declared at 12:52 p.m.

At least 13 fire trucks responded to extinguish the fire.

Soreño told arson investigators that caretakers of the junk ship had a stove placed at the roof deck, while the BFP said that acetylene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank were also found in the vessel.

“This ship is ready for disposal already,” Locahin said.

An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire. (Kate Louise Javier)

Two men gunned down

Two men were killed while a female student was injured after unidentified gunmen riddled their car with bullets in Navotas City on Friday night.

Police identified the casualties as Jolan Naval, 38, of Navotas City, and Allister Leslie, 28, of Tondo, Manila. Both of them sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the body.

Princess Galing, 18, a  student, is still under observation after suffering a gunshot wound in the head.

Initial investigation showed that the victims were on board a parked Mitsubishi Adventure with plate number UDI-623 along Daang Hari St., when unidentified armed men fired at them at around 9 p.m.

The gunmen left with their weapons, police said.

Naval, who was at the driver’s seat, died on the spot.  Leslie and Galing, who were seated at the back, were rushed to the Navotas City Hospital where the former was declared dead on arrival.

The bodies of Naval and Leslie were brought to the PNP Crime Laboratory for autopsy.

Police are now checking if there was a closed-circuit television footage near the area to shed more light on the incident.  (Kate Louise Javier)

Street food downs 22 

Twenty-two people from Tondo, Manila, might have second thoughts about grabbing their favorite street food after they were rushed to the hospital apparently due to food poisoning.

The Ospital ng Tondo advised the police  that 22 people were rushed to the hospital at around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Initial investigation showed that the victims complained  of stomachache after eating food sold by Divina Caballero, 55, a resident of Jose Abad Santos Ave., Tondo.

Supt. Rolando Gonzales, Manila Police District Station 7 chief, identified the victims as Jennelyn Sy, 33; Marilyn Mejia, 27; brothers Jake and John De Ocampo, aged 29 and 27;  Zandro Caballero, 31; Alicia Caballero, 60;  Bernadette Joy De Ocampo, 24; June Alvin Crisostomo, 28; Janet Reyes, 31; Carlos Dela Cruz, 34, and Jonathan Tuazon, 26.

Four teenagers, aged 13 to 17, and seven other children, aged two to nine, all residents of Barangay 212, Zone 19, were treated at the hospital but were sent home shortly after.

Investigators sent samples of the contaminated street food to the Food and Drug Administration for examination, while Caballero remains at the custody of MPD-Station 7. (Analou De Vera)

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