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Suspect in killings in QC arrested
A member of a family wanted for killing five of their neighbors in 2011 was arrested Tuesday night in Quezon City.
Operatives of the Quezon City Police District Special Operations Unit (QCPD-DSOU) on Thursday said they arrested Francisco Badilla, now 53, in a house at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Ilang-ilang Street in Barangay Batasan around 9:50 p.m.
Badilla was one of the seven suspects wanted for a shooting incident that killed five men and wounded another in the same barangay on November 28, 2011, which, authorities said, was fueled by a land dispute.
Judge Edgar Dalmacio Santos of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 222 in March 2013 issued a warrant of arrest against him, his four relatives and two more cohorts for five counts of murder. The suspects had since been hiding.
The QCPD said the DSOU recently received a tip that Badilla was staying at a friend’s residence in Batasan Hills,  leading to his arrest.
Police said they have yet to know from Badilla if he knew where the other suspects are to be found.
Police reports in 2011 said homeowners’ association president Liberato Paez, 50; Rogelio Diomampo, 36; Rogelio Agustin, 49; Germinio Manansala, 44; and Armando Garcia, 47; and Zaldy Ballesteros, 43, were in a drinking session in Kalaayan B when Badilla’s group went on a shooting spree night of November 28. Only Ballesteros survived the attack.
The victims’ relatives later identified the suspects, saying they were angryfor fear of losing their homes once the local government awards their land to other residents. (Vanne Elaine Terrazola)
Construction worker stabbed dead in Manila
A construction worker was stabbed to death during a heated argument with a man in Tondo, Manila Wednesday night.
Investigators said that Ricardo De Mesa, 47, died while being treated at Mary Johnston Hospital after he was attacked by Romeo Constantino, 35.
Initial investigation that an argument broke out between the two men along the corners of San Dico and Pacheco Streets around 7:30 p.m.
During their verbal tussle, Constantino suddenly pulled out a bladed weapon and repeatedly stabbed De Mesa in the body, chest, and face.
De Mesa managed to make his way home and asked the help of his relatives. He was immediately taken to a hospital but he eventually died due to the severity of his stab wounds.
Investigators said that they have yet to determine the motive behind the attack. (Analou De Vera)
3 motorcycle thieves shot dead in Caloocan
Three suspected motorcycle thieves were killed in an encounter with policemen in Caloocan City past midnight Thursday.

The fatalities, who were unidentified, were described to be about 18 to 30 years old, 5′ to 5’7″ tall, and with tattoes in the different parts of the body.
Initial investigation showed that one Ronald Abante, resident of the city, reported to Caloocan Police Station 4 that a group of men on board a plateless motorcycle took his SYM motorcycle with plate number BA67588 along Kaong corner Malanting Streets in Amparo Subdivision.
Patrolling police then proceeded to the place to conduct follow-up operation and saw two motorcycles matching the description of Abante.
Policemen flagged down the motorcycles, but instead of stopping, the suspects allegedly opened fire, prompting cops to return shots.
The encounter ended up with the three suspects dead.
Meanwhile, Abante positively identified the fatalities as the suspects who forcibly took his motorcycle.
Police are investigating the incident. (Jaimie Rose Aberia)
Maynilad employee drowns in manhole

A Maynilad project employee drowned inside a sewer manhole while collecting debris in Tondo, Manila the other day.

 Authorities had to use four vacuum trucks to retrieve the body of 30-year-old Jobani Luzon, resident of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Initial information showed that after Luzon submerged himself in the sewer manhole wearing his diving apparatus but at 1:10 a.m., his co-workers failed to receive a response from him.
Workers pulled the rope looped around Luzon’s body but they found a sack half full of debris instead.
Police believe that the victim tried to reach for a debris far from him so he temporarily removed the rope and attached it to the sack instead, but he drowned.
Luzon was brought to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival around 4:30 a.m.
Investigators are now conducting follow-up investigations. (Jaimie Rose Aberia)

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