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3 nabbed for using and peddling drugs

Two drug users engaged in a pot session and one suspected drug peddler were nabbed by police in separate drug operations Monday night and early today in Parañaque City.

Elements of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 2 arrested pedicab driver Rick Jay Vidal,21 and Marilyn Serrano, 46, who were caught engaged in a pot session

at 16 St., Puyat Compound, Barangay Tambo, Parañaque City.

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

Meanwhile, a buy-bust operation at past midnight yesterday along Mactan St., Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City resulted in the arrest of Trisha Gumpal, 24, alias “Trisha”.

Members of the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) of PCP 1 along with agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted the drug sting operation wherein PO1 Joseph Ace Romeroso acted as poseur buyer.

Suspect will be facing charges for violation of Article II, Sections 5 and 11 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. (Dhel Nazario)

Wife killer to QC jail

The man who was tagged in killing and mutilating his wife in Quezon City last week was sent to the Quezon City Jail today.

Judge Editha Mina-Aguba of the Regional Trial Court Branch 100 in Quezon City ordered the transfer of Orlando Estreras to the QC Jail Male Dormitory in Kamuning.

Based on the commitment order signed by the presiding judge on March 19, Estrera was committed to the City Jail for “confinement and safekeeping during the pendency of this case.”

Estrera was detained at the Quezon City Police District Headquarters Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit in Camp Karingal prior to the order.

Before being transferred to the City Jail, Estrera said that his only concern was their house in Saint Michael Extension, Republic Avenue in Barangay Holy Spirit.

The QC prosecutor’s office found probable cause and recommended the filing of parricide case against the 43-year-old maintenance personnel of a Catholic school in Quezon City for killing Hiede Estreras, 46, his wife of 16 years.

Police said the suspect also smashed the victim’s head with a hammer aside from taking out the internal organs.

Meanwhile, QCPD director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said this is the worst “chop-chop” case he has encountered in his career.

Eleazar ruled out the possibility that Orlando was under the influence of drugs after tests proved negative. The suspect, however, admitted to taking shabu in 2002.

QC Jail Warden Ermilito Moral, on the other hand, said that should the suspect show unruly behavior inside the City Jail, their medical personnel will recommend to the court if Estrera should be transferred to a mental institution. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

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