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2 brothers are theft victims

Around P15,600 worth of cash, gadgets and jewelry were stolen from two brothers after leaving their house unlocked Wednesday in San Andres Bukid, Manila. Two suspects were held.

Case investigator PO2 Rey Rabut identified the suspects as Vergilio Paglinawan, 27, of San Andres Bukid, Manila and Alexander Atienza, 19, of the same address.

Initial investigation revealed that the victim, identified as Kevin Gole, 25, of #2525 Onyx St. San Andres Bukid, Manila was about to go to sleep when his brother Nonito Gole, 32, reportedly went outside and left their main door unlocked.

While walking home, Gole reportedly crossed paths with Atienza along the street holding a seemingly familiar phone. Upon returning to their house, Gole immediately woke his brother up after discovering that some of their belongings, including a phone and a wallet containing a bracelet, necklace, and cash, had gone missing.

The victims immediately sought the help of authorities from Barangay 775 Zone 84 to locate the suspects. After minutes of searching, the victims, along with Barangay officials Roberto Cudal and Manuel Arojado chanced upon the suspects along Zobel Roxas St., San Andres Bukid, resulting in their arrest.

Authorities recovered a Vivo phone worth P12,000. However, the jewelry worth P3,000 and P600 worth of cash were unrecovered from the suspects, who will face charges for theft. (Hans Amancio)

Holdup artist killed

An alleged robber who held up a woman in Quezon City was killed after engaging in a shootout with the police before dawn Thursday.

Quezon City Police District director chief superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr. said that the man he described to be between 25 to 30 years old, clad in green shorts and dark sando, was yet to be identified.

According to 24-year-old Mariel Tanay, she was waiting for a taxi at the corner of Dahlia Avenue and Lilac Street in Barangay Greater Fairview at around 2:45 a.m. when a man riding a black motorcycle appeared.

The man pointed a gun at her and forcibly took her shoulder bag containing her mobile phone, wallet, and cash amounting to more than P1,000.

Tanay immediately reported the incident to nearby Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1 of Fairview Police Station (PS-5) and gave description of the suspect who fled on a motorbike.

The report was relayed to other units for possible interception while members of PS-5 Tactical Motorized Riders (TMR) conducted a dragnet operation.

During the operation, authorities spotted a motorcycle which fitted the description given by the victim along Neopolitan Site, in Barangay Greater Fairview.

Police flagged down the man, but instead of stopping, he ignored the officials and opened gunfire at the pursuing operatives.

The brief chase and exchange of gunshots resulted in the death of the suspect.

Operatives recovered from the suspect a caliber .38 revolver and the bag of the victim.

Tanay also positively identified the slain suspect as the same person who robbed her. (Alexandria Dennise San Juan)

Decomposed body

A man was found dead by his brother inside his room Wednesday afternoon in Tondo, Manila.

The lifeless body of the victim identified as Benjamin Gazzingan, Jr., 34, of 3147 Bagac St., Tondo, Manila, was already in the early stage of decomposition when found, Scene of the Crime Operatives said.

The victim’s brother identified as Ronald Gazzingan, 31, of the same address was on his way to work when he noticed a foul odor inside his house. Gazzingan reportedly just ignored the smell, thinking that the smell was just caused by a dead rat,

However, upon returning home, Gazzingan smelled the foul odor again, prompting him to trace the source of the smell and ended up in his brother’s room.

Gazzingan then knocked on his brother’s room but to no avail. Upon opening the door, Gazzingan discovered his brother’s lifeless body on a folding bed, without any clothing on.

Gazzingan immediately informed his sister identified as Julie Ann Gazzingan, 27, and reported the incident to officials of Barangay 202-A Zone 18.

Elements of the Police Station-7 along with PO1 Ryan Delgado and PO1 Aerron Ponio of the Hermosa Police Community Precinct immediately responded to the scene. The victim’s body was then brought to the Sanctuary Funeral Homes for autopsy and safe-keeping.

The victim was reportedly last seen alive on May 14, 2018 at around 9 p.m. The victim’s brother also claimed that his late brother had no known enemies nor health complications. (Hans Amancio)

Korean slain in Caloocan

A Korean man who was visiting the Philippines was killed by still unidentified assailants riding in a van who had dumped him while bleeding to death at a residential subdivision in this city Thursday night, police said.

Police Officer 1 Eddilou Allon, case investigator, identified the fatality as Kim Woon Oh, of legal age, who succumbed to a bullet wound in the lower back at 5 a.m. Thursday at the Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in the city.

Footage taken by a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) showed that a black van pulled over at a grassy area on Novahills Subdivision in Barangay 171 around 9 p.m.

Senior Inspector Felipe Fermin, deputy chief of the city’s investigation unit, said residents heard three gunshots around the same time, before spotting the unconscious victim bleeding to death.

Members of the Korean police checked up on the case but declined media interviews.

It was learned that Kim’s P4,750, driver’s license, and keycard at a hotel in Parañaque City were intact in his wallet.

Last March 17, two suspected victims of summary killings were also found dumped in the northern part of the city, but it was unclear if these cases were related. (Kate Louise Javier)

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