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Two robbery suspects nabbed by cops after they barged inside house in QC

Two robbery suspects were arrested by the police after they barged inside a house in Quezon City, one of which was a taxi driver of PBA player Douglas Kramer, who has pending arrest warrant for theft.

Quezon City Police District Deputy Director for Adminsitration Senior Supt. Ronaldo Ylagan, identified in a press briefing yesterday the suspects as taxi driver Eddie Valiente, 48, and his companion Ronald Calderon, 47.

The two men were tagged as suspects behind robbing the house of a businesswoman, who asked for anonymity, in Barangay Veterans Village, Quezon City on Sunday.

According to the complainant, she and her family were inside the house about 12:30 p.m. when a man, only identified by the arrested suspects as Vic, knocked on their door and was looking for a certain “Arjay.”

When they opened the door, Vic and the two other suspects, who were all armed with handguns immediately barged in and declared the heist.

The group took away several valuables of the family such as rubber shoes, mobile phones, 32″ LED television, cash worth P35,000, all amounting to at least P500,000, police said.

The victim said that right after the heist, they were instructed to lock themselves inside the comfort room while they escape using a Toyota Vios taxi with plate number WQL392.

Fifteen minutes later, the victim got out and sought assistance from authorities.

It appears that the getaway vehicle of the suspects was caught in a nearby closed circuit television camera.

Members of QCPD-Masambong Police Station (PS-2), who conducted follow-up operation, traced through verification from the Land Transportation Office that the taxi cab was registered under basketball player Douglas Kramer.

Operatives conducted a follow-up operation the following day as Kramer identified Valiente as his driver.

Senior Insp. Wennie Cale of PS-2 said Valiente even asked his employer for a leave and would return to work on Thursday.

Kramer, meanwhile, cooperated with the police and gave the whereabouts of his driver that led to Valiente’s arrest together with Calderon at their residence in Pasig City.

Recovered from the suspects were the taxi, a caliber .38 revolver, a mobile phone, the LED television, and a laptop bag.

The suspects admitted they already sold some of the loot in San Juan and used the money in shopping.

Kramer said he don’t know that his driver, who was just hired five months ago, was into illegal activities, adding that Valiente submitted to him a police clearance from Cainta, Rizal.

Further investigation showed that Valiente has been jailed also for qualified theft in Valenzuela City int 2015 and 2016, where he was also a taxi driver.

Cale also said Valiente has a pending arrest warrant for theft in Valenzuela City.

She added that it was a problem for them that the system of securing a police clearance is not yet centralized.

Police are now verifying if Calderon was also involved in a robbery incident in Laguna.

Meanwhile, further investigation is underway while a manhunt was launched against their leader “Vic.”

Apprehended suspects were charged with robbery before the Office of the City Prosecutor. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man included in drug watchlist killed in shootout with anti-narc operatives

A man who was reportedly included in the drug watchlist was killed in an alleged shootout with the anti-narcotics operatives in Tondo, Manila early yesterday morning.

Chief Supt. Rolando Anduyan, Manila Police District director, identified the slain man as Anthony Roque, of legal age.

Roque was listed in the police’s drug watchlist and a known pusher in the area. He also had previous drug cases, Anduyan said.

Elements from MPD-Station 1 led by Supt. Jay Dimaandal launched a buy-bust operation against Roque in Barangay 105 in Tondo around 1:30 a.m.

However, Roque reportedly sensed that he was transacting with an undercover cop, prompting him to fired shots, police said.

The team then retaliated, causing Roque’s instant death.

Recovered from Roque were a revolver of an unknown caliber, sachets of suspected shabu and buy-bust money worth P500.

Roque’s body was brought to PNP accredited funeral homes for autopsy while follow-up investigation is underway. (Kate Javier)

Five people arrested in P’que buy-bust ops yielding P29K worth of shabu

Five people were arrested, including an active member of the Philippine Navy in a buy-bust operation Monday afternoon yielding P29,000 worth of shabu in Barangay Baclaran, Parañaque City.

The suspects were identified as Mark Aries Osorio, 30, an active member of the Philippine Navy; Jovet Tapar, 28; Jeric Florendo, 30; Jake Reyes, 18; and Adonis Bacabac, 37.

In the report submitted to Pasay City Police Chief Senior Supt. Noel Flores, anti-narcotics operatives led by Police Senior Insp. Maynard Pascual conducted a buy-bust operation at 5:30 p.m. at Edison Lodge, Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City.

During the operation, PO3 Carlo Sison managed to purchase a sachet of shabu from Tapar before making the arrest.

Confiscated from the suspects were eight transparent plastic sachet containing shabu with a street market value of P29,000. Police also recovered several pieces of drug paraphernalia and the P500 buy-bust money.

Cases for violation of Sections 5, 11, 13, and 14 of Article 2 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being prepared for filing against the suspects. (Dhel Nazario)

7th most wanted man in Mandaluyong arrested while busy playing E-bingo

The seventh most wanted man in Mandaluyong City was collared inside a mall while he was busy playing E-bingo on Monday night.

Kevin Catapang, 27, of Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong, had been involved in a series of “Akyat-Bahay and Salisi” activities in 2016.

Armed with an arrest warrant issued by Mandaluyong RTC Branch 209 Judge Monique Quisimbing-Ignacio, police went to Shaw Center Mall to apprehend Catapang.

Catapang, according to reports, was occupied playing E-Bingo at the E-Games stall inside the said mall when he was nabbed at 9:30 p.m. He was caught off guard.

Police said Catapang was very hard to locate, saying it took them months just to find out where he is.

It was also learned that he was also preying on students, allegedly stealing their mobile phones.

Catapang is currently held at the Mandaluyong police headquarters’ detention cell. (Jel Santos)

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