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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (March 13, 2018)



Drug peddler caught

An drug peddler was nabbed while his cohort managed to escape during a sting operation in Caloocan City Monday night.

The city’s drug enforcement unit led by Sr. Inspector Allan Hernandez conducted a buy-bust operation against Leo Francisco also known as “Totong,” 42, lineman, of Barangay 20.

Francisco and his cohort handed over a sachet of shabu worth P500 to a police poseur-buyer.

However, the suspects ran away after they sensed that they were transacting with a cop, said case investigator PO1 Juan Miguel Maglangbayan.

“They saw the gun of our poseur-buyer,” Madlangbayan added

Francisco was cornered after a 150-meter chase while his cohort able to run away.

Francisco, a newly-identified drug pusher, claimed that he was just a drug runner.

Appropriate charges will be filed against Francisco who is now detained at the Caloocan Police Station. (Kate Louise Javier)

Driver, butcher slain

Two men were killed by motorcycle-riding assailants in separate shooting incidents in Caloocan City Monday night.

Arnold Martinez, 44, tricycle driver, was waiting for passengers when he was shot dead by two men onboard a motorcycle in front of a supermarket in Malolos Avenue around 6:15 p.m.

Martinez was brought by his son to Manila Central University Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. He succumbed to at least two gunshot wounds in the head and body.

Relatives of Martinez said they are clueless, saying the victim had no known enemy.

PO1 Ariel Dela Cruz, investigator on the case, said they have yet to determine if Martinez had previous criminal records or was included in the drug watch list.

Recovered from the area were two empty shells and a deformed slug of caliber .45 pistol.

Around 11:20 p.m., a 34-year-old butcher identified as Isagani Opiasa was gunned down by two masked men on board a motorcycle along Phase 1 in Bagong Silang.

Opiasa was on his way home after he accompanied a woman when the gunmen shot him at least six times in the head and body, said Sr. Inspector Dennis Odtuhan.

A 19-year-old witness told police that it appeared that the gunmen waited for Opiasa.

Police are now looking into love triangle as the possible motive behind the killing.

“As of now, we cannot locate the woman and her husband,” Odtuhan said.

Recovered from the scene were six empty shells of still unknown caliber of firearm. (Kate Louise Javier)

Woman falls from 18th floor

A woman ended her life by jumping off from the 18th floor of a condominium building in Quezon City, Monday afternoon.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District identified the fatality through her identification card as Kristine Obedoza, 32, a resident of East Fairview, Quezon City.

According to witnesses, who were sales agent and sales director of Victoria Tower D at the corner of Mother Ignacia and Scout Rallos Streets, Obedoza approached them around 1:30 p.m. to inquire for a condo unit.

The two witnesses accompanied the victim inside a room on the 18th floor of the building for viewing the actual unit.

While Obedoza was checking the room, she then went to the second floor of the said unit alone.

When one of the witnesses returned, she already saw Obedoza standing on the balcony ledge prompting her to seek help from her companion.

However, when they saw that Obedoza was no longer in the room, they reported the incident to the security guard who told them that a woman had fallen from the room.

Authorities said that the victim died on the spot because of severe injuries on her head and body. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Ailment triggers suicide

A 63 year-old man, apparently having mental depression because of his kidney ailment, committed suicide by hanging himself Tuesday morning in Pasay City.

Police identified the victim as Rogelio Idanan, stay-in at house #252 Vergel St., Brgy. 119, Zone 14, Pasay City.

Police investigation showed that the body of the victim was discovered by his cousin (name not given by the police) at about 6: a.m. at the barracks of MG Del Valle Gravel and Sand.

The victim had a nylon cord looped around his neck, with the cord tied to a beam at the barracks.

Idanan’s body was reportedly pulled down by his cousin and some of the stay-in worker to revive him but they failed.

The police said that based on the statement of the cousin, the victim suffered a depression because of his illness. (Jean Fernando)

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