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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Oct. 13, 2017)


Construction worker stabbed by drunk pedicab driver

A construction worker died after being stabbed by a drunk pedicab driver in Tondo, Manila Thursday night.

Police identified the victim only as alias Yoyoy Morta, about 45 to 50 years old.

Investigation showed that Morta came from a drinking spree and was waiting for a ride home with his co-worker, alias Jack at the corner of Dagupan and Perla Streets when the latter suddenly got into an argument with one Joel Morales about 10:30 p.m.

A witness was able to pacify the two, but Morales came back already armed with a broken glass and stabbed Morta in the body.

Morta was brought to Mary Johnston Hospital where he was declared dead at 1:15 a.m.

The suspect, meanwhile, remains at large.

SPO3 Charles John Duran said they have yet to establish the motive of the killing. (Jaimie Rose Aberia)

Man last seen with woman found dead in QC apartelle still at large

The man last seen with a woman who was found dead in an apartelle in Quezon City is still at large as he was eyed as the primary suspect on the death of his companion.

Quezon City Police identified the woman as Girlie Gonzaga-Villahermosa, 49, a member of their barangay violence against woman and children unit in Barangay Bagong Silangan.

In an initial investigation, Villahermosa, with his still unidentified male companion, checked in at an apartelle on Commonwealth Avenue, Barangay Old Balara at around 1 a.m. Thursday.

After an hour, the bellboy said the man went out and bought a pineapple juice at their lobby.

The man then notified him that he was going to buy a cigarette outside.

However, when the two failed to check out after consuming their three-hour stay, the bellboy and the cashier opened their room using a duplicate key and found Villahermosa’s lifeless body lying on the bed.

Meanwhile, his companion was nowhere to be found.

According to the authorities, no external injuries were found in the body of the victim.

Villahermosa’s body would undergo autopsy examination to identify the cause of her death. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan) 

Fire breaks out in Malate commercial building

A fire broke out in a commercial building in Malate, Manila despite an occasional rainfall Friday afternoon.

Manila Fire Marshall Supt. Antonio Razal Jr. said the blaze started at the seventh floor area of FEMS Tower located on Zobel Roxas Street. The said floor was used as a stockroom.

The conflagration that reached the third alarm status, started about 12:10 p.m. before it was fully contained by the firefighters at 1:49 p.m.

The responding firefighters and volunteers need to use breathing apparatus due to the thick smoke that surrounded the 12-storey building.

No casualties were recorded during the incident, investigators said.

Meantime, arson investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire, while the total cost of damage was pegged at P100,000, Razal said. (Analou De Vera)

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