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Drug pusher gets life sentence

After found guilty of selling illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation back in 2015, a plumber was handed life sentence by a Manila court.

Geoffrey Saballe was found guilty of violating the Comprehensive Drugs Act according to a recent ruling of Judge Emilio Legaspi III of Manila RTC Branch 13.

He was arrested by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents during a buy-bust operation conducted along Quirino Avenue corner Pedro Gil in Manila on May 28, 2015.

Judge Legaspi also ordered commitment of the convicted drug pusher to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.

Saballe was also fined P500,000 after being ruled guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violating Section 5 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

However, Saballe insisted that he was “only just a plumber” and was tasked to meet a certain Peter to provide plumbing services at Waltermart.

Prior to his arrest, a strange woman arrived in front of Waltermart and ordered him to drive a car at 11 a.m. on May 28.

But before driving the car, PDEA agents arrived in the scene and collared him. He was found in possession of 1 kilo of shabu.

During the investigation, Judge Legaspi said the suspect was not able to bring the witnesses to prove his innocence and his documents were insufficient.

Meanwhile, the court record showed that Saballe’s wife claimed that the monthly salary of his husband was around P30,000 to P50,000. (Erma Edera)

Student mauled, robbed in Manila

Acollege student was mauled and robbed by four individuals, including the ex-girlfriend of his current dating partner, in front of a pizza parlor along Legarda Street, Quiapo, Manilaon Saturday.

Report showed that Miguel Pasion, 18, received a text message from one of the suspects, informing him that his current love interest will give something to him.

The victim then left his unit along Legarda and went to the meeting place.

When he arrived at the venue across Dominos Pizza, the suspects beat the victim up and took away unspecified amount of cash from his wallet.

A security guard saw the victim left unattended and battered and rushed him to Mary Chiles Hospital for treatment.

In an online conversation, the victim said that the person who texted him was the 17-year-old ex-girlfriend of the girl he is dating.

Frustrated homicide and robbery charges were filed against the former flame and her brother Sherwin Chan, 18;certain Anton Reyes;and certain Joshua Rueda before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office.

Police are hunting down the suspects. (Ria Fernandez)

Police officer narrowly escaped ambush attack in Manila

A Philippine National Police (PNP) officer narrowly escaped an ambush while on his way home on Wednesday night in Malate, Manila.

Manila Police District (MPD) Station 9 Commander Supt. Robert Domingo identified the victim as PO2 John Alfred Taruc, 51, married, resident of Paco, Manila. He is an anti-crime operative in Malate police station for almost a month.

In the initial investigation, Taruc was driving his car on his way home at about 8:00 p.m. from work along A. Mabini Street corner P. Quirino Avenue Malate, Manila when two unidentified assailants on board a motorcycle blocked his path and fired a single shot toward him but missed.

The attackers sped away toward an unknown location.

According to Domingo, that vengeance is being eyed as possible motive behind the attack since Taruc had handled big drug cases.

“Madami kasi siyang nahuhuli sa drugs, mukhang bumabawi at masipag umattend kasi itong mga hearing,” (He has arrested a lot of people involved in illegal drugs and it seems they are retaliating. He always attends hearings), Domingo said.

Domingo added that there were no witnesses and CCTV footages available in the area.

The victim was rushed to Manila Doctor’s Hospital due to minor injuries he sustained from the glass fragmentation of his car.

Police recovered one deformed slug and one empty shell of caliber 40 from the crime scene.

Follow-up investigation and operation are ongoing for the possible identification of the assailants. (Erma Edera)

3 suspected robbers gunned down in QC

Three suspected robbers were killed again in an encounter with police officers who chased them shortly after they took away a taxi in Quezon City, Wednesday past midnight.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District have yet to identify the slain suspects but described them to be in their 30s, and all were wearing black masks.

Two of the suspects were clad in black shirts and wearing black cap while the other one was wearing blue shirt and maong pants.

Prior to the incident, a taxi driver identified as Eduardo Macaraeg, 56, with his passengers Elmer Magdela, 39, and April Quico, 20, are traversing along Nawasa Lane in Barangay Holy Spirit around 1 a.m., when four armed men flagged them down.

When they stopped, the group took at gunpoint their personal belongings and told them to alight the vehicle which the suspects used to escape towards Don Antonio Avenue.

The victims sought assistance from Batasan Police Station (PS-6) that immediately responded to the incident.

Responding officers spotted the reported taxi cab with plate number TYK 697 and body name BONJOEFEL along De Leon Street.

A brief chase ensued before authorities cornered the suspects along De Leon Street.

However, instead of surrendering, the group fired at the operatives prompting them to retaliate.

Policemen hit three of the suspects in different parts of their bodies that killed them, while their cohort escaped.

Recovered in the crime scene were a caliber .45 pistol, a caliber .22 Magnum USA, a caliber .38 revolver, nine sachets of shabu, a sling bag containing a Samsung tablet and a mobile phone, and the carnapped white cab.

Police are now locating one of the suspects who escaped. (Alex San Juan)


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