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Over P1.5M worth of party drugs seized from couple during sting ops in Manila

More than P1.5 million worth of suspected party drugs were seized from a couple during a sting operation in Manila on Thursday night.

Anti-narcotics operatives from the Northern Police District-Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Kim Carlo Gonzales, 28, of Manila and his girlfriend Julia Celine Santos, 25, of Quezon City.

The team led by its chief Senior Insp. Arnold Alabastro conducted a buy-bust operation against the couple in front of Gonzales house around 10 p.m.

Gonzales and Santos were arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell P20,000 worth of tablets and liquid ecstasy to an undercover cop.

Police said they also recovered 824 pieces of ecstasy tablets worth P1,236,000; 1.450 ml. of liquid ecstasy worth P290,000; 18.5 grams of cocaine worth P77,700; and a sachet of dried marijuana leaves worth P4,000.

Alabastro said the operation was a result of “intelligence surveillance” against the couple.

According to Alabastro, the couple admitted their involvement in the illegal drug trade, saying they supply party drugs in bars in Manila and Quezon City area.

Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the couple. (Kate Louise Javier)

Former detainee shot dead by still unidentified man after having dinner

A former detainee was shot dead by still unidentified man after having dinner with his friend in Caloocan City Thursday night.

Police Officer 1 Ariel Dela Cruz, investigator on case, identified the victim as Lyndo Gonzales, 26, jobless, of Kapanalig Street in Caloocan. He sustained gunshot wounds in the head and body.

Gonzales had drug and theft charges before, Dela Cruz said.

Initial investigation showed that Gonzales was just walking along Kawal Street around 10 p.m. when an unidentified lone gunman appeared and shot him.

Johnny, Gonzales’ friend, told police that they just finished their dinner when he Gonzales was killed.

Gonzales was brought to Caloocan City Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.

Meanwhile, investigators revealed that Gonzales had an altercation with a man who accused him of stealing a bicycle few days ago.

Police are now checking if there was a closed-circuit television footage near the area to identify and apprehend the gunman. (Kate Louise Javier)

Notorious holdup suspect dies in firefight with Pateros cops after buy-bust ops

A notorious holdup suspect and included in drug watchlist died in an encounter with members of the Pateros police Thursday night.

Police identified the suspect as Marlon Bautista, 30, and a resident of 18 Martinez Bukid, Barangay Martirez, Pateros. He suffered several gunshot wounds in the body causing him to die instantly.

Southern Police District (SPD) spokesperson, Supt. Jenny Tecson said the incident happened at about 9:34 p.m. in Barangay Sta. Ana, Pateros.

Tecson said that based on the investigation, members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) of the Pateros police conducted buy-bust operation against Bautista who is a known drug peddler in the municipality and in the city of Makati.

She said the one of the operatives, PO1 Ben Gerald Javelosa, acted as a poseur buyer and was able to buy shabu from the suspect.

The SPD spokesperson also said the suspect sensing he was transacting with a policeman drew his firearm and tried to shoot Javelosa.

Tecson said that SDEU members who were scattered around the area traded shots with the suspect causing him to suffer several gunshot wounds in the body and died on the spot.

Police recovered from the suspect one .38 caliber revolver with two live ammunition in its chamber, one brown coin purse containing three heat-sealed plastic sachet containing shabu, another heat-sealed plastic sachet shabu that was bought by the operatives from the suspect and the P1000 bill buy-bust money.

Record check made by the police was showed that the suspect has criminal records for two separate cases of attempted homicide and,grave threats, two separate cases of robbery and drug possession, all filed at Regional Trial Court Branch 262 and slight physical injuries filed at Metropoplitan Trial Court Branch 73. (Jean Fernando)

Man stabbed by a teen who thought he was the one who punched him

A case of mistaken identity almost cost the life of a man after he was stabbed by a teenager Thursday in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

P/Insp.. Victor Lalata of the Sta. Cruz Police Station identified the suspect Jose Rostro, 19, of #1301 Torres Bugalion Street, Tondo, Manila.

Prior to the incident, Lalata bared that Rostro was punched on the face during the wee hours of Thursday along Fugoso St. corner Rizal Ave. Sta., Cruz, Manila by an undisclosed individual for reportedly being annoying and causing disturbance.

Rostro reportedly went back to his house to get a bladed weapon and returned minutes later at around 5:40 a.m. at the same location to hunt down the man who punched him.

Thinking that he was the man who punched him, Rostro reportedly stabbed the victim identified as Antonio Lipaopao, 45, of Barangay 321, Natividad St. Sta., Cruz, Manila, on the left side of his abdomen and reportedly fled toward an unknown direction.

The victim was immediately rushed to the Jose Reyes Memorial Center for medical attention and is now in a stable condition.

With the help of barangay watchmen, elements of the Sta. Cruz Police Station eventually located and arrested the suspect, who will face charges for a case of attempted homicide. (Hans Amancio)

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