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Manila police nab ‘most wanted’ man

Manila police arrested Saturday night a police station’s number one most wanted man in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Aldan Esparal Villa, painter, and resident of Durian Street in Sta. Mesa.

Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 30 released an arrest warrant against Villa for frustrated murder last May.

Prior to the arrest, police conducted surveillance around Villa’s residence and received a confirmation from an informant that the suspect was seen along Valenzuela Extension.

Police then served the warrant to the suspect, who cooperated with authorities, about 7:40 p.m. at the corner of Valenzuela Extension and Victorino Mapa streets.

Villa is temporarily jailed at Sta. Mesa Police Station’s cell while awaiting commitment before the Manila City Jail. (Jaimie Rose Aberia)

Call center agent shot dead in Pasay

A call center agent was shot dead by three unidentified gunmen in Pasay City early Sunday.

Senior Police Officer 2 Dennis Desalisa, case investigator, identified the victim as Mark Collantes Borromeo, 38.

Initial investigation revealed that Borromeo was waiting for a ride to work at 1:30 a.m. on Service Road when the three gunmen, wearing masks, casually approached him.

A jeepney driver said Borromeo suddenly ran away but the suspects tailed him.

One of the suspects shot Borromeo in the back and another in the leg. Borromeo fell on the road fronting Cuneta Astrodome.

The suspects fired several more shots to the already bloodied Borromeo, as if making sure he wouldn’t survive.

The suspects then fled on foot, according to the jeepney driver.

Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered 10 empty shells at the crime scene while the motive behind the killing is being determined.

Borromeo’s body was brought to Rizal Funeral Homes for autopsy. (Martin Sadongdong)

Electrician killed after shielding friends from bullets in Manila

A 36-year-old electrician was killed after trying to protect his brother and his friend from being shot in Sampaloc, Manila shortly after midnight Sunday.

SPO3 Charles John Duran, case investigator of Manila Police District- Crimes Against Investigation Section, identified the fatality as Ariel Baloloy, a resident of Buhayang Bato, Pasig City.

Initial investigation showed that the incident happened at the corner of Dos Castillas and Loyola Streets about 12:05 a.m.

Prior to the incident, Baloloy had a drinking session with his 34-year-old younger brother, Fernando, and his friend, Elmer Monterola, on Don Quixote Street, police said.

The three men decided to go to Fernando’s home until they saw the suspect, 34-year-old Joel Olat, standing in front of the said house.

A heated argument erupted between Olat and Fernando, after the latter asked Olat to pay his debt. Few minutes later, Olat suddenly drew his gun and fired shots toward Fernando and Monterola.

Ariel then tried to pacify the situation but Olat shot him in the face, causing his instant death. Fernando tried to chase Olat who immediately escaped but to no avail, police said.

Ariel’s remains were brought to Archangel Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping.

Further investigation is now underway to locate the whereabouts of Olat and eventually arrest him. (Analou De Vera)

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