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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 4, 2018)


Pot session inside bus

Two men were arrested after they were caught engaged in a pot session inside a bus parked at a mall’s terminal in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City Saturday night.

The men were identified by police as John Christopher Borbon, 31, a resident of Cebu City, and Samuel Dugenio, 31, the bus conductor,a resident of Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Police are still tracking down the vehicle’s driver who also took part in the pot session.

Investigation showed that the Parañaque Police responded to a text message regarding an on-going pot session inside a bus parked at the terminal of Coastal Mall in Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City.

Operatives of the Parañaque Police raided the bus and spotted the two men having a pot session while the driver identified as Wilmer Samatra was able to elude arrest.

Police recovered from the two suspects four heat-sealed sachets containing suspected shabu and several drug paraphernalia. The gathered drug evidence was brought to the Southern Police District Crime Laboratory for examination and proper disposition.

The suspects will be charged with violation of Sections 11, 12, and 13 of Article II of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (Dhel Nazario)

Shop owner shot dead

A senior citizen tending his shop was shot dead by a gunman in a shooting incident Saturday at 999 Mall in Divisoria, Manila.

Police Officer 3 Joseph Villafranca of Manila Police District Station 11 (MPD PS-11) identified the victim as Edilberto Pornobe, 60, owner of “Dresscription” shop and his wounded wife as Maria Theresa Pornobe, 60, both residing at 114 Nepa St. Balut, Tondo, Manila.

The gunman reportedly shot Pornobe thrice around 2 p.m. inside his stall and injured his wife around the elbow. Maria survived and is in a stable condition while her husband succumbed to his gunshot wounds.

The gunman and his cohort, both wearing ball caps, surgical masks and holding paper bags, may have successfully fled the scene by blending in with the shoppers, Villafranca said.

Police recovered left three fired cartridge cases and two deformed slugs of an unknown caliber from the crime scene.

The 999 Mall located at Divisoria, Manila was temporarily put under lockdown on Saturday following the shooting . Shoppers and shop owners were gradually escorted out of the premises by 3 p.m.

A CCTV footage is now in the custody of authorities from MPD and Scene of the Crime Operatives, who are now conducting investigation and follow-up operations to identify and apprehend the suspects. (Hans Amancio)

2 drunks arrested

Two drunk men were arrested for causing disturbance and assaulting a minor in separate incidents in Manila.

Police reports identified the suspect as Reynaldo Bucacao, 46, of No. 1482 Juan Luna St. Barangay 60 Tondo, Manila.

Bucacao was reportedly shouting profanity and displayed wayward behavior during the wee hours of March 4 along Penalosa St. Brgy. 60 Tondo, Manila.

Villamor Paulino, 58, of No. 734 Tello St., Tondo, Manila then reported the drunken suspect to the police after he allegedly assaulted Paulino’s grandson, a minor.

Elements of Brgy. 60 Zone 5 arrested Bucacao, who will face charges for violation of R.A. 7610 or Physical Injury and R.O. 844 or Breach of Peace.

Meanwhile, a man, also reportedly intoxicated, was arrested for his disorderly conduct Saturday in Sampaloc, Manila.

The suspect, identified as Arnold Mabalot, 45, of 701 Galicia St. Sampaloc, Manila, was reportedly shouting along his street at around 10:30 p.m.

Upon receiving complaints from the suspects’ neighbors, elements of Barangay 401 Zone 41 arrested the suspect, who will face appropriate charges. (Hans Amancio)

5 minors in pot session

Six men, including five minors, were nabbed after they were caught allegedly having pot session in Caloocan City on Sunday morning.

Police arrested Nasxel Rose Verzosa, 21, welder, of Barangay 151. Verzosa said he was detained before for a murder case.

Also arrested were five boys, two aged 15 and 17, and another 13. All are students and residents of Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.

Authorities from Police Comunity Precinct 1 were conducting Oplan Galugad in Barangay 151 when a concerned citizen reported about an on going pot session in their neighborhood around 6 a.m.

Responding policemen then saw the six men allegedly sniffing sachets of marijuana in front of a house along P. Gomez Street, said case investigator SPO1 Ryan Escorial.

Seized from the suspects were two heat-sealed plastic sachets of alleged shabu, two heat-sealed plastic sachets of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

In an interview, apprehended minors denied the police’s claim but admitted that they already experienced using marijuana before.

“We were just standing there when the cops apprehended us,” the 13-year-old boy said.

Charges will be filed against Versoza while the five minors will be turned over to the City Social Welfare Development, said city police’s drug enforcement unit chief Sr. Insp. Allan Hernandez. (Kate Javier)

Former detainee shot dead

A former detainee who just came from a wake was shot dead by a still unidentified man in Caloocan City on Friday night, a belated report said.

Rodolfo Pataueg, 25, jobless, of Evangelista Street in Barangay 144, died on the spot due to two gunshot wounds in the head, said case investigator PO1 Dorald Cuyangoan.

Pataueg was detained at the Caloocan police before because of a drug case, police added.

Initial investigation showed that Pataueg just came from a wake where he played in an illegal gambling game when a gunman appeared and shot him around 11:35 p.m.

A closed-circuit television footage near the area showed the gunman boarding a motorcycle driven by a cohort after the incident, police said.

Two empty shells of caliber. 45 pistol were recovered from the scene.

Police are now looking into gang war as the possible motive behind the killing, police said Pataueg had enemies before.  (Kate Javier)

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