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‘Pusher’ slain in Binondo buy-bust

A drug suspect was killed in a shootout with the police following a drug buy-bust operation in Binondo, Manila Wednesday morning.

Rolando “Rolly” de Vera was shot dead by elements of the Manila Police District (MPD)-Meisic Station. Investigation showed that De Vera was finalizing a drug deal with an undercover police officer around 9:20 a.m.

when he sensed it was an entrapment. Police said that he scampered away to an alley, pulled out a gun and opened fire. The pursuing undercover police officer was prompted to return fire, which resulted in De Vera’s death. Pieces of evidence recovered from De Vera include 14 sachets of shabu, P1,500 marked money, and a .9-mm pistol. (Ria Fernandez)

10 drug suspects fall in Malate

Ten drug suspects were arrested during simultaneous police operations in Malate, Manila yesterday morning. Arrested were Debbie Clemente, 49; KalvinVillacorta, 28 Enrique; Gervacio De Lara, 54; Gracelyn de Leon, 47; Victory Delos Santos, 39; Graciano Almario III, 38; Vergel Beldad, 41; Edward Balda, 45; Danilo Rafael, 37 and Amy Rose Garcia, 31.

The Manila Police District (MPD)-Malate station (PS-9) Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust operation along Santan Street in San Andres, Malate, Manila around 2 a.m.

Seized from the first four suspects were six sachets of shabu, three aluminum foil strips and P200 used as buy-bust money. The six other suspects were busted following an anti-illegal drugs drive also conducted by the Malate police station before midnight along ZobelRoxas Street near the corner Dian Street. Five sachets of shabu were confiscated from the suspects. (Erma R. Edera)

Recruiter nabbed for withholding passport

A female job recruiter was arrested on Wednesday for withholding the passport of an aspiring migrant worker and allegedly extorting money from the victim in Manila. Police Officer 2 Dean Mark Regala, case investigator, said Leilani Geslaya, 47, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. inside a fastfood restaurant on Quirino Avenue corner San Andres, Malate, Manila in an entrapment.

PO2 Regala said Geslaya, who claims to be a freelance recruitment agent, had been in possession of complainant Rosemarie Rodil’s passport since February, 2017 when the latter applied as a domestic helper in the Middle East. But Rodil, 42, backed out because she was classified as a “cleaner” in her application. Rodil was also ordered to pay P8,200 for the retrieval of her passport, but could not come up with the money.

“She contacted Lani again (this year). She asked if she could get her passport. But she was told she could only redeem it by paying money.

The suspect said it was still with the agency, making it impossible for her to pull it out since authorization was needed,” Regala said in Filipino. Rodil complied with the authorization yet getting her passport back seemed to be out of reach as Geslaya, this time, demanded P7,000 first.

But Geslaya denied the allegation, adding that Rodil knew the agency’s policy that she had to pay if ever she would back out.

“It was not my fault. I am no longer part of Jedi Placement Agency, which closed down last January 25, 2018,” she said. Geslaya is now detained, facing charges of light coercion, illegal holding of passport, and attempted estafa. (Ria Fernandez)

Bangladeshi businessman ambushed in Pasay

A Bangladeshi businessman barely survived an ambush last Wednesday afternoon when gunmen opened fire at his black sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Pasay City.

Police said Sirajul Raju Islam, 48, Legazpi Tower 300, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila, was in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital, following the ambush at 3:10 p.m. in front of the Redphil Gasoline Station in Pasay.

Investigators were still facing a blank wall on the motive since the victim’s money worth P142,000 inside the car was still intact. (Dhel Nazario)

Ma, son yield ‘shabu’ in QC

A mother and her son were arrested for possession of illegal drugs in Quezon City early Thursday morning.

Elements of the Talipapa Police Station 3 (PS-3) arrested Emelda Sevilla, 52, and son James Bernard Sevilla, 30, around 12 midnight at Sinagtala Street, Barangay Bahay Toro, Q. C.

Investigators said the suspects were having a discreet conversation on the sidewalk when officers from PS-3 allegedly saw Emelda handing over a sachet of suspected shabu to his son. The officers apprehended the two and reported having found in their possession three sachets of suspected shabu and two aluminum foil strips. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

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