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Tricycle driver shot dead

A tricycle driver who was reportedly a former detainee was shot dead by an unidentified man on board a motorcycle in Caloocan City on Saturday night.

Case investigator PO1 John Ree Bello said Roberto Alarcon, 44, of Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang, died on the spot due to gunshot wounds on his back and left arm.

Alarcon was driving his tricycle along Langit Road around 8 p.m. when a lone gunman on board a motorcycle shot him causing his instant death.

Recovered from the scene were five empty shells of an unknown caliber of firearm.

Bello said Alarcon had no involvement in any illegal activities.

However, Alarcon’s wife told police that her husband had an enemy who threatened him with a gun before.

Sr. Inspector Dennis Odtuhan disclosed that Alarcon had a frustrated homicide charge before. (Kate Louise Javier)

3 Drug pushers nabbed

Three alleged drug pushers were arrested by the Parañaque City police during a buy-bust operation Saturday night. The men yielded three sachets of shabu.

Southern Police District Director, Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario, identified the arrested suspects as Dan August Casino,43, of 507 Carpenter St., Moonwalk Village, Parañaque City; Romeo Santos,58, of 7103 Bonifacio St., Barangay San Dionisio,Paranaque City and Adriano Ponla,40, scrap metal agent, a resident of 375 Turbina, Calamba, Laguna.

Apolinario said that the suspects were arrested at about 6:30 p.m. along Boracay Pelaez, Barangay San Dionisio, Paranaque City.

The SPD chief said the police confiscated three pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing shabu and the buy-bust money amounting to Php620.

Forty minors were rounded up by the police in violation of curfew hours being implemented by the city government.

The minors were immediately sent home by the police after being fetched by their relatives.

The police also apprehended 32 persons who were drinking in a public place and seven persons walking around half-naked.

The apprehended persons were all brought at the Parañaque City police headquarters and were later released after being reprimanded for their violation of ordinances. (Jean Fernando)

Man attacked and killed in neighbor’s wake

A man went to his neighbor’s wake to have a bit of fun with a petty gambling game with his friends, but little did he know that the next wake in their barangay would be his, after a riding-in-tandem gunned him down Sunday afternoon.

Police identified the victim as Oliver Plagata, 32, of 172-4 West Bank Road, Barangay Maybunga, Pasig City.

According to SPO1 Hermel Vergara, investigator-on-case, Plagata was playing a game of cara y cruz during the wake of his neighbor at around 3:30 p.m. when two masked gunmen onboard a motorcycle sped past the mourners and shot the victim seven times in different parts of the body, instantly killing him.

Witnesses said that the suspects then fled towards Barangay Rosario after the shooting, Vergara said.

Plagata was declared dead on the spot.

The victim was known to cause mischief in their area, with village watchmen saying that Plagata had consistently been the subject of various complaints of residents for his alleged misdemeanor, Vergara said.

Plagata also has standing cases of theft and illegal gambling, Vergara added.

Initial investigation also showed that Plagata was included in the station’s drug watch list, under the user/pusher category.

Vergara said that Simon Plagata, the victim’s half-brother, admitted that his sibling’s drug use was known to their family, but he said that they were unaware of how long his brother had been using illegal drugs. He also denied that his brother was a pusher, Vergara added.

Recovered from the scene were seven cartridge cases and three bullet slugs. (Carizza Ibañez)

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