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Pickpocketing differently

A Korean national in Pasay City fell victim to a different style of pickpocketing, wherein a woman repeatedly stepped on his shoes to distract him, before another suspect swiftly drew money from his pocket.

A police report identified the victim as Tongtu Park, 41, currently vacationing in the country, billeted at a hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. Park reportedly lost cash worth P73,000.

One of the suspects, the one who kept stepping on his foot, was arrested when Park noticed her fleeing from the area. She was identified by the police as Katrina Rebotaso, from Mexico, Pampanga.

Initial investigation revealed that Park went to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City at around 5:20 p.m. with his friends. He then decided to purchase cigarettes while his friends were inside the Hypermarket.

This was when Rebotaso stepped on his shoes for the first time. When Park looked, Rebotaso even apologized to the victim before proceeding. Yet the suspect again stepped on his shoes for the second time but this time, police said that someone inserted a hand into Park’s right front pocket and took his money.

After discovering that he had lost his cash, police said that Park spotted Rebotaso and followed her hurriedly heading for the SM Terminal to board a cab. She was however, prevented by the victim and the two got engaged in an argument. They were later approached by a security guard who heeded Park’s claims.

The suspect was then brought to the MOA PCP for documentation before she was turned over to the Pasay Police for investigation and proper disposition. (Dhel Nazario)

Man hurt by brother’s gun

Two people were injured in Pasay City after a firearm of a businessman accidentally went off right after a conciliation proceeding inside a barangay hall Monday night.

The businessman was identified as Bobby Castillo, 61, resident of P. Castillo Building, C. Cruz St., Barangay 147 in Pasay City.

One of the injured men was Bobby’s brother, Francisco Castillo, 58, and the other was a vendor identified as Naga Pangcatan, 53.

Initial investigation revealed that the incident occurred at 10:16 p.m. on Monday at the Barangay Hall of Barangay 147.

According to police investigators, before attending a barangay conciliation proceeding over a complaint Bobby lodged against his brother for damage to property, Bobby turned over his caliber .45 glock pistol to Chairman Jonar Arandia.

After the proceeding, police said that Arandia returned the firearm to Bobby. This was when he attempted to unload the gun, but it instead went off with the bullet hitting the floor.

As a result, bullet fragments injured Francisco on the right leg while his companion Pangcatan sustained multiple puncture wounds on both his feet. Police officers who were on beat patrol went to the area. Arandia then surrendered the firearm to the police. Bobby was arrested and was brought to PCP-6 for documentation while the two victims were rushed to Pasay City General Hospital and are now in stable condition.

Bobby will then undergo a paraffin examination, along with the recovered shell, for a ballistic examination as part of the standard operating procedure. (Dhel Nazario)

Wife as cop killer

The woman who shot dead her police husband in Quezon City in the middle of the argument will be charged with parricide, the Quezon City Police chief said.

QCPD director Guillermo Eleazar said that they were waiting for the family of the victim PO2 Angeleo Capili, 35, from Cagayan to complete the papers needed to conduct an inquest on his wife Josan, 31.

Initial investigation showed that Capili and Josan were at the second floor of their three- story house in Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City Monday afternoon when the two had a fight.

In the middle of their argument, Josan snapped and repeatedly shot her husband using an Uzi machine gun.

Capili died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds in his body as the gun’s magazine containing six bullets was emptied out during the shooting, police said.

After the incident, Capili’s cousin, Christopher Canapi, who was living adjacent to the victim’s house said that he heard Josan shouting for help.

Canapi told the police that Josan kept saying “sorry” claiming she did not shoot her husband intentionally.

Marian Genemilo, neighbor of the couple, said that she heard several tin-like sounds which turned out to be gunshots, from the house of the Capilis.

Genemilo said that they were shocked with what happened since the couple sent two of their three children, ages 3 to 7, to school that morning, but said that they kept hearing the two fighting since Josan left her job as a cashier in November last year.

Josan is now under custody of the QCPD but could not be questioned properly. Eleazar also said that they could not get the wife to undergo paraffin test as she was making a scene inside the station.

According to Eleazar, Josan’s lawyer might suggest the suspect to undergo a psychiatric examination as there is a possibility that she might have “psychological imbalance” due to her behavior.

The QCPD chief said that Josan might be exempted from criminal liability should an insanity plea be approved. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Junkies’ accomplices

Two accomplices of arrested party drugs suppliers were arrested in a sting conducted in Caloocan City early Tuesday morning.

Anti-narcotics agents from the Caloocan City police conducted a buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of Ronald Santos Jr., 24, jobless, and John Frederick Wong, 23, jobless. Both are residents of Makati City.

The team nabbed Santos and Wong after a police poseur-buyer handed over a sachet of suspected shabu worth P300 along 9th Ave. around 2 a.m., case imvestigator PO1 Jomar Manalo said.

Police also recovered two more sachets of shabu from them..

Sr. Inspector Allan Hernandez, drug enforcement unit chief, said the two were pinpointed by two drug pushers identified as Yuki Rose Shibata, 24 and Gillian Claude Villahermosa, 25.

Shibata and Villahermosa’s team were known suppliers of party drugs in Caloocan, Makati, Taguig, and Pasay, according to the Caloocan police chief, Sr. Supt. Jemar Modequillo.

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

Bet collector gunned down

A man who worked as “kristo” or a bet collector at cockfights was gunned down while another man was hit by a stray bullet in the latest attack of motorcycle-riding men in Caloocan City early Tuesday morning.

Alvin Basier, 34, a native of Marawi and a resident La Forteza Subdivision in Barangay 174, succumbed after he sustained gunshot wounds in the face and chest.

Basier was walking along Oral Street in Barangay 177 around 2 a.m., when two still unidentified men onboard a motorcycle appeared and shot him.

Meanwhile, 22-year-old Ranjay De Guzman, who was just closing the gate of their house was hit by a stray bullet. He sustained gunshot wounds in his feet.

Basier and De Guzman were brought to Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center where Basier was declared dead on arrival.

Sr. Inspector Dennis Odtuhan, North Caloocan police chief, said they are now looking into the job of Basier as cockfigh bet collector as the possible motive behind the killing.

“The wife told us that she had no idea why the victim was in the area at that time,” Odtuhan said.

Odtuhan added that Basier was not in the barangay drug watchlist. (Kate Javier)

Man held for 4 pistols in box

Police arrested a 39-year-old man after he reportedly tried to bring in four guns at the Blumentritt Station of the Light Rail Transit 1 Tuesday morning.

Investigators identified the suspect as Juan Celso, a resident of Balut, Tondo district. He is facing a charge for violating R.A. 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

Police, meanwhile, said that they also arrested 48-year-old Ramilo Retiro, who allegedly instructed Celso to transport the box to Baclaran. Retiro said that he and Celso are working at a security agency.

Initial investigation showed that Celso, who was then carrying a carton box, tried to enter the Blumentritt Station around 6:55 a.m and was about to go to Baclaran.

Celso passed through the metal detector of security guard Rex Caringay, and tripped the alarm, which alerted the other security personnel.

The security staff immediately opened the box and found four .9mm Armscor pistol and eight magazine pistol.

“May karton na nakalagay doon sa lamesa na may pangalan ng boss namin. Ngayon ang sabi ko, daanan mo (Celso) rito yung karton tapos dalin mo sa Baclaran dahil papasok ka doon at pupunta rin si boss doon, ibigay mo nalang sa kanya,” Retiro explained. He also added that the guns have license.

Retiro said that he had no idea that the box contains firearms. “Nasanay kasi ako na tuwing may naiiwan na karton, pagkain pinapadala ko,” he added.

Retiro only knew the incident after Celso called him and that he was being held by the police. “Tumawag sya sakin na nahuli daw sya at baril pala ang laman. Hindi ako umalis. Mamaya sabihin nila na gun runner nga ako.” he said.

Police said that follow-up investigation is still being conducted to shed more light on the incident. (Analou de Vera)

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