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Disturbance by junk collector

A call from a troubled citizen led to the arrest of a junk collector who allegedly caused disturbance with an improvised shotgun Saturday in Manila.

Police reports identified the troublemaker as Romar Manaloto, 44, junk collector, of Happy Land Compound in Tondo, Manila.

Initial investigation revealed that a desk officer from Raxabago-Tondo Police Station (PS-1) received a phone call from a concerned citizen complaining about a disturbance in their neighborhood apparently caused by Manaloto.

Responding elements went to Happy Land Compound in Tondo, Manila at around 11:45 p.m. on February 17 to apprehend the suspect who was reportedly seen holding an improvised shotgun.

Manaloto, upon seeing the police, ran away with his shotgun but was chased and subsequently arrested by the arresting officers.

Authorities recovered one improvised shotgun and one ammunition of 12-gauge shotgun from the suspect.

Manaloto, now under police custody, will face charges for Violation of Manila City Ordinance 844 for Breach of Peace, and for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition. (Hans Amancio)


Shabu plus gun plus cara y cruz

A revolver and a sachet of shabu were seized from two persons, including a 16-year-old, Saturday in Pandacan, Manila.

Police reports identified the suspects as Randy Pillas, 24, jobless, of 1244 Interior 5, Molave St. Kahilum I Pandacan, Manila and a 16-year-old construction worker of 1238 Kahilum I Pandacan, Manila.

Elements of Station Intelligence and Station Drug Enforcement Team led by P/SInsp. Edwin Fugan and P/SInsp. Loreto Tigno were reportedly conducting an Anti-Criminality campaign along P.M. Guazon St. Brgy. 845 Pandacan, Manila at around 12:30 a.m. on February 17.

The officers chanced upon the two suspects, reportedly playing Cara y Cruz and apprehended them for their violation.

Recovered from the suspects was bet money amounting to P370. Arresting officers also seized a 38 special caliber revolver with five ammunition and one sachet of shabu from Pillas.

The suspects will face charges for violation of P.D. 1602 or Illegal Gambling. Pillas, meanwhile, will also face charges for violation of R. A. 10591 or Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition and R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Hans Amancio)


Woman joins partner in jail

The live-in partner of an arrested police asset was nabbed during a buy-bust operation conducted in Caloocan City on Saturday night.

Lady Hope Gubangco alias “Gracia,” 41, jobless, of Barangay 63, can now join her live-in partner inside the jail. Gubangco admitted that she is a drug runner.

On Friday night, Gubangco’s live-in partner, Mark Louie Fernandez, 32, jobless, was nabbed during a buy-bust operation.

Fernandez was reportedly an asset of a cop living near the area, according to Caloocan police chief Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo.

Around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities from the Caloocan Drug Enforcement Unit led by Sr. Inspector Allan Hernandez conducted a buy-bust operation against Fernandez’s partner.

Gubangco was arrested after she handed over a sachet of shabu worth P300.00 to the police poseur-buyer along Galauran Street, case investigator SPO1 Ryan Escorial said.

Arresting officers found another sachet of shabu inside her pocket.

Charges will be filed against Gubangco who is now detained at the Caloocan police detention cell. (Kate Louise Javier)


Ex-junkie shot dead

A former drug user was shot dead by a still unidentified man in Malabon City on early Saturday morning.

Alvin Osman, 24, fish vendor, died on the spot after he sustained gunshot wound in the head, police said.

Initial investigation showed that Osman was waiting for a ride to Malabon fish port when an unidentified man appeared and shot him around 4 a.m.

A witness told police that the gunman, who was wearing a white t-shirt, pants and bull cap, fled immediately.

Relatives of Osman said that he was a former drug user who left their house two years ago. (Kate Louise Javier)

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