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300 kilos of ‘botcha’, ‘lechon’ seize in Tondo

About 300 kilos of ‘botcha’ or mishandled frozen meat and ‘lechon’ or roast pork were confiscated by Manila Veterinary Inspection Board (MVIB) from ambulant vendors in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday early morning.

Dominador Boza, of legal age, was arrested while his two companions escaped, police said.

Personnel from the MVIB and Manila Police District (MPD) police officers seized at least 300 kilos of the meat from ambulant vendors along the corner of Ylaya Street and C.M. Recto Avenue at around 3 a.m. on Tuesday after receiving a tip.

Authorities said a kilo of lechon was sold for P180 while the mishandled meat were packed in plastic and were sold at a comparatively lower price.

VIB special enforcement squad chief Dr. Nick Santos Jr. said eating ‘botcha’, which comes from animals that died of disease, is harmful to one’s health as it may cause diarrhea, food poisoning or death.

Santos also warned those selling mishandled meat will stand to face jail time and a fine once caught.

Vendors caught selling mishandled meat may be fined from P100,00 to P1,000,000 and could face imprisonment of six months to 12 years under the Food Safety Act in Meat Inspection Code.

Santos also advised consumers to be vigilant and double-check the meat they are buying. (Erma Edera)

Alleged former drug user gunned down in Sta. Cruz, Manila

A man alleged to have been a former drug user was gunned down by a lone assailant in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Tuesday evening.

The police identified the victim as Marvin Apostol, 33, single, jobless, member of Commando gang and resident of Sulu Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila. He died on the spot after he sustained gunshot wounds in the head.

Investigation showed that Apostol with a certain MJ were walking towards M. Natividad Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila when the suspect shot the victim in the head at about 10:20 p.m. on September 11.

The suspect, identified as Anchong Feliciano, 30, resident of Barangay 323 Zone 32, Manila, remains at large.

Case investigator PO3 Marlon San Pedro told the Manila Bulletin that Apostol had a late payment to the suspect for a phone charger.

According to Barangay Chairman Richmond Ong, the fatality was a former drug user.

There was no closed circuit television (CCTV) installed near the crime scene, Ong added.

Recovered from the crime scene were one sachet of suspected shabu and one fired cartridge case of caliber .45

The body was brought to Archangel Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping. (Erma Edera)

Alleged pusher killed in Caloocan police shootout

A suspected drug pusher was killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into a police shootout on Wednesday before dawn, September 12 in Caloocan City.

Police only identified the suspect as a certain “Mata.”

The sting was conducted at about 2:15 a.m. at Biliran Street, Dagat Dagatan Avenue, Barangay 26, Caloocan City.

Investigation showed that two poseur buyers were transacting with Mata when he allegedly sensed that he was dealing with lawmen.

This prompted him to draw his firearm and flee.

The police then chased the suspect, and when Mata was cornered, he suddenly pointed his firearm at the police.

The lawmen quickly retaliated, killing him instantly after hitting the suspect on his head and right arm.

Police said a .380 caliber firearm loaded with six live ammunition, a caliber .45 firearm chamber loaded, magazine loaded with four live ammunition, three fired cartridge cases, and a sachet of suspected shabu were retrieved from the crime scene. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

679 violators nabbed

The Eastern Police District (EPD) rounded up its total apprehended violators to 679 in its recent anti-criminality operations from 5 a.m. Tuesday until early morning Wednesday.

Of the arrested individuals, 340 were caught violating the smoking ban in public places.

The EPD personnel also rescued 16 minors violating curfew hours.

The remaining figures were individuals arrested for violating other laws and city ordinances, going topless outside, and drinking in public places.

The data came from the 24-hour operations of the police personnel in the cities of Pasig, Marikina, San Juan, and Mandaluyong.

Meanwhile, for the same period, 11 individuals were apprehended by the EPD in its anti-illegal drug operations. (Hanah Tabios)

Pasay police hunts down call center agent for molesting 15-year-old girl

The Pasay City Police is now hunting down a call center agent who attempted to molest a 15-year-old girl by posing as a talent manager, promising her a career in show business.

Authorities have already arrested the man’s cohort, identified as Princess Anica Rosales, 24, a resident of Barangay Cuyab, San Pedro Laguna. The suspect who remains at large was identified as Ryan Tam Cinco, 26, a resident of Bugallo St. Caloocan City.

According to police, the 15-year-old “Lovely” was approached at 6:30 in the evening on September 10 by the two suspects while she and her 8 classmates were at a restaurant in SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. Lovely said that the two introduced themselves as talent managers.

Lovely along with her classmates ate at a restaurant after being persuaded by the two suspects. Police said that they were given a list of things they need to do in order to become artists.

While at the restaurant Cinco asked Lovely to come with him to a computer shop and after Lovely accompanied him on a bus to Cubao where she said, she was repeatedly kissed by the suspect. Upon reaching Cubao, they boarded a taxi going to a subdivision in Antipolo.

At the taxi Cinco asked Lovely if they could check in at a hotel. Lovely refused and asked that she be returned to MOA where her classmates were waiting.

Lovely told the police that she only went with the suspect because she really wanted to be an actress. She was also swayed by the suspect’s promise of a better life for her and her family.

Rosales was then arrested in follow-up operation from the complaint of Lovely’s mother. Suspect is now detained at the Pasay City Police pending the commitment order from the court. (Dhel Nazario)

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