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2 drug suspects nabbed during Oplan Galugad

Smoking and being shirtless in public place led to the arrest of two drug suspects during an Oplan Galugad in Caloocan City on Wednesday.

Authorities from the Caloocan City Police arrested Maria Virginia Padua, 30, jobless, and Alfredo Castillo, 36, construction worker. Both are residents of Caloocan City.

Elements from Police Community Precinct 3 were conducting anti-criminality campaign along Phase 7C in Barangay 176 when they saw Padua smoking, while Castillo was shirtless.

Police apprehended Padua and Castillo. However, upon frisking, six sachets of alleged shabu were found from their pockets, police said.

Charges will be filed against Padua and Castillo who are now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Louise Javier)

Cops nab man who posed as lawyer

A man who posed as a lawyer and tried to extort money from residents of a compound in Tondo, Manila was arrested in an entrapment operation launched by the Manila Police District (MPD) Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as Robert Consultado Cinco alias “Atty. Robert Coa Cinco,” 46, resident of Malabon, is now jailed at the MPD-District Integrated Jail and is facing charges of robbery extortion, syndicated estafa, falsification of public documents, usurpation of authority and use of aliases.

The charges stemmed from the complaints of Ricardo Obrado Jr. and Gay Marjorie Obrado.

The two said that on Jan. 5, some 40 heavily armed men headed by Cinco forcibly entered their compound located at Slip O, IPB Road, Gate 14, Area D Parola Compound.

One of the men asked residents to vacate the area or “something bad will happen to them” as a portion of the land was already pawned to them.

Cinco reportedly demanded that residents pay him P50 million so they won’t be ejected, but residents said they can only afford P5 million.

An entrapment operation was launched against the suspects on Jan. 23 inside a fast-food chain where the transaction took place.

When the complainant handed the money about 4:20 p.m., police officers arrested the suspect and seized the marked money and different identification cards, documents and certificate of title.

Meanwhile, authorities are still looking for other suspects identified as Maria Teresa Cayanan, 55; Servillano Cayanan, 55; Rosie Alcantara, 52; Ricardo Pacarat; Ruben Lanugon; Ferdinando Cortez; Jeremias Cortez; and Jessica cortez, who remain at large. (Jaimie Rose Aberia)

‘Drunk’ barber mauls driver with jungle bolo

A barber who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol was nabbed after he mauled and tried to attack a man with a jungle bolo in Malabon City on Wednesday night.

Police identified the victim as Alvin Bayan, 33, driver while the suspect was Ismael Gidayawan, 35, barber. Both are residents of Barangay Panghulo, Malabon City.

Initial investigation showed that Bayan was just standing in front of their house around 7:30 p.m., when Gidayawan appeared and punched him for no reason.

Gidayawan ran away as Bayan fought back, said PO1 Andrew Calaycay, investigator on the case.

After few minutes, Gidayawan went back armed with a jungle bolo. He tried to hit Bayan but missed. He then fled toward an unknown direction.

Around 10:30 p.m., Gidayawan surrendered to the barangay officials.

Attempted murder charge was filed against Gidayawan who is now detained at the Malabon police detention cell. (Kate Louise Javier)

Man smoking in public charged with possession of illegal drugs

A man caught smoking in public in Marikina was arrested Thursday afternoon after a plastic sachet of suspected shabu fell out of his pocket shortly after authorities issued him a ticket for his ‘public smoking’ violation.

Police identified the suspect as Joseph Cana, 45, of Barangay Concepcion Uno, Marikina City.

According to authorities, police officers were patrolling Libis Street in Barangay Concepcion Uno around 5 p.m., when they chanced upon Cana, who was smoking in public.

Authorities said the officers immediately approached the suspect and issued him a ticket as smoking in public was a violation of the city’s ordinance.

Upon issuance of the ticket, the police reportedly asked Cana if he still had any cigarettes in his possession. The suspect, intent on proving he had none, reached for his pockets and tried to empty it before the officers, according to authorities.

Startlingly, a plastic sachet containing white crystallized substance reportedly fell out. The police officers became suspicious and inspected the sachet’s contents, which turned out to be shabu.

Cana was immediately arrested upon confirmation of the illegal drug paraphernalia.

The suspect will be charged with possession of illegal drugs. (Gabriel Agcaoili)

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