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Truck bumps, kills teenager

A truck driver is facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide after accidentally hitting with his truck a teenager Thursday in Manila.

PO2 Ace Gregory Catalan, officer on the case, identified the suspect as Ronald Ramos, 43, of 10 JM Templona St., Santolan, Malabon City.

Initial investigation revealed that Ramos was travelling northbound along Radial Road 10 in Tondo, Manila, on February 15 around 5 p.m.

Upon reaching the corner of Capulong Street, Tondo, Manila, Ramos hit Robert Madeja, 19, of Brgy. 105 Happyland Tondo, Manila, with the rear portion of his V-1 Aluminum Wing Van Truck.

Due to the force of the impact, the victim sustained multiple physical injuries and was subsequently rushed to the Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center by a Philippine Red Cross ambulance.

Madeja, however, was declared dead-on-arrival by an attending physician.

Ramos is currently under police custody, with charges for reckless imprudence resulting homicide to be filed against him. (Hans Amancio)

Lady student beats up young man

A woman student was arrested for allegedly beating up a young man in a physical injury case Thursday in Manila.

Police reports identified the suspect as 20-year-old student Heather Martinez of 1671 P. Gil St., Paco, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim, 19-year-old Michael Louis Eduardo of 2214-C M. Roxas St. Ana, Manila, went over to Sta. Ana Police Station (PS-4) a few moments after the incident to report his case and file a complaint against Martinez.

Eduardo said that he received multiple physical injuries on his head from the suspect at around 9:45 p.m. on February 15 along Vesta St., Sta. Ana, Manila.

In response, elements of PS-4 led by PO1 Wei Wei Qullope went to the reported place of incident to arrest Martinez.

With the help of the barangay officials, police authorities were able to arrest the suspect and subsequently brought her to the Philippine General Hospital together with Eduardo for a medical examination.

The suspect is now under the custody of PS-4 where charges against her are already being prepared. (Hans Amancio)

Motorcycle hits street sweeper

A female street sweeper who was crossing a street was killed after she was hit by a motorcycle in Quezon City Friday afternoon.

Superintendent Cipriano Galanida, chief of Quezon City Police District Traffic Enforcement Unit, identified the woman as Rosario Quibial, 53, a street sweeper of the Metro Manila Development Authority.

It appears that the suspect, identified by the police as Emil Maquimot, a 22-year old office assistant, was driving his motorcycle with plate number NA-6433, northbound along EDSA from East Avenue and heading towards his residence in Caloocan City at around 1:35 p.m.

Upon reaching the corner of NIA Road and EDSA, Quibial who was then crossing the road was suddenly hit by Maquimot’s motorcycle.

Responding rescuers rushed the victim to East Avenue Medical Center but she later died while undergoing treatment due to fatal injuries in her head and body.

Galanida said that Maquimot will face reckless imprudence charge resulting in homicide. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Stabbed 46 times, woman survives

A woman survived after being stabbed 46 times by an alleged member of “Sputnik Gang” who robbed her apartment in Caloocan City on Friday.

Joan Bongares, 33, sewer, of Sagrado Village in Barangay 167, played dead before she was brought to Navoliches District Hospital. She sustained at least 46 stab wounds in the face and body.

Bongras is living alone as her husband is working abroad. They have no children.

Meanwhile, the arrested suspect was identified as Michael Franco, 38, jobless, of Navoliches, Quezon City. Franco is an alleged member of “Sputnik Gang.” He was in and out of jail for several criminal charges, including robbery, said North Caloocan police chief Sr. Insp. Dennis Odtuhan.

Around 4:30 p.m., Franco and two still unidentified cohorts arrived at Bongares’ two-story apartment and pretended to be interested in renting a room. Bongares was watching television that time.

The suspects then entered inside Bongares’ apartment and took away her bag containing three cellphones. She was then stabbed using an ice pick, kitchen knife and fork by Franco as she tried to resist and shouted for help, police said.

Bongares then pretended to be dead while Franco and the two men tried to escape.

Bongares’ neighbors who heard her shouting then asked for the help of a policeman living near the area.

PO3 Jev Melendez, beat patroller from QCPD-Station 4 and a resident near the scene, responded together with other neighbors. They were able to apprehend Franco who tried to escape aboard a pedicab.

“Kakatapos lang ng duty ko noon, may pumunta sa bahay at sinabi nga na may insidente,” Melendez recalled.

Melendez and the responding policemen from PCP 6 seized two sachets of alleged shabu from Franco’s undergarment, Melendez said.

Franco, meanwhile, admitted stabbing the woman but denied possessing illegal drugs.

The kitchen knife used by Franco was also recovered.

Charges of robbery with frustrated murder charge and violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Franco who is now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Javier)

74-year old man hangs self

A 74-year old man who last complained to his wife of difficulty in breathing, ended his life by hanging himself in an apparent suicide attempt at their home in Pasay City Saturday.

The man was identified by police as Anores Estaño, resident of Gloria St. M. Dela Cruz, Barangay 130 in Pasay City.

Initial investigation revealed that the wife of the victim, Corazon Estaño, woke up at around 2 in the morning noticing that her husband was not in their bed. She later found out that he was outside their home. When asked, Anores replied that he was having a hard time breathing and went outside to grab some fresh air.

Police said that Corazon at this moment went back to sleep. She woke up again at 4 in the morning, with Anores still outside their house. She went down to check on him and was surprised to see that her husband was hanging from the ceiling beam. Corazon immediately notified her daughter and together they brought the victim to the nearest hospital. However, the victim was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Prior to the incident the, the wife said that her husband was suffering from obstructive pulmonary disease for almost thirty years. Probers saw no external injuries on the victim ,except for the ligature marks in his neck. (Dhel Nazario)

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