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Lifeless man found on sidewalk in Tondo

An unknown man, whose body was wrapped in blue mattress, plastic and hands and feet were tied with belt and plastic cord, was found dead lying on the sidewalk in Smokey Mountain Sunday evening.

Upon closer examination of the corpse, police saw gunshot wounds on the head and body.

The Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide Section said the man appeared to be a victim of summary execution and was just dumped on the sidewalk along Road 10, Smokey Mountain, Barangay 101, Zone 8, Tondo, Manila to mislead investigators.

Initial investigation disclosed that the lifeless man, wearing red t-shirt and black short pants, was discovered by a staff of Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) while inspecting a nearby parking area at about 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 11.

The fatality was believed to be between 35-45 years old and more or less 5’ 8” tall, police said.

No closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera was installed in the area and nobody from the mingling crowd could give a good account about the incident, making it a challenge for authorities to identify the suspect.

But one fired cartridge, one slug, and two live ammunitions of apparent caliber 45 were recovered from the crime scene. (Ria Fernandez)

Camanava killings continue: man shot dead in Navotas

Another man was gunned down by unidentified men in Camarin, Caloocan City on Monday before dawn, Nov. 12.

This came after a series of killings this month in Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas (Camanava).

Police identified the victim as Alfonso Tubilla, 45, resident of the area.

According to a witness who police identified as Marilyn Espallardo, the victim was playing billiards with two of his friends when two unidentified men onboard a Mio motorcycle passed-by.

They then shot the victim on the back of his head twice, killing him instantly.

The assailants were wearing bull caps and jackets, the witness said.

Two fired cartridge cases of unknown caliber were retrieved from the crime scene.

The victim’s body was brought to Crystal Funeral Service for autopsy examination.

A few hours prior to this, another man was killed by unidentified gunmen in Navotas City.

Residents along C3 Road, Barangay North Bay Boulevard South, Dagat-Dagatan reported they heard gunshots before they saw the lifeless body of Nikki Mercado, 27, resident at Interior Street, Barangay Bagumbayan South, Navotas City, riddled with bullet holes.

Three fired cartridge cases were recovered from the crime scene.

The victim’s body was brought to the Northern Police District-Crime Laboratory Office for autopsy examination. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Drug supplier, cohort yield P68K worth of shabu in buy-bust ops

A 19-year-old drug supplier and his accomplice yielded P68,000 worth of shabu in a buy-bust operation in Mandaluyong City early yesterday morning.

Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, Mandaluyong City Police chief, said the suspects Bon Jovi Legaspi, and his cohort Augusto Datu, 28, were both from Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong.

Villaceran told Manila Bulletin in a text message that Legaspi was the source of illegal drugs in the city and Datu served as his assistant.

“They are the sources of drugs here in Mandaluyong City who distribute them to their runners in Barangay Addition Hills,” Villaceran said.

The suspects, he added, were identified by previous drug suspects arrested by the police.

Investigation showed that at around 2:30 a.m., members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) launched a buy-bust sting against Legaspi along Atis Street, Wellfareville in Barangay Addition Hills.

A police poseur buyer was able to purchase P1,000 worth of shabu from the duo which was handed over by Datu.

Recovered were two large packs containing about 10 grams of suspected shabu valued at P68,000.

The suspects will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

145 violators of smoking ban caught by MPD in 48 hours

More than 100 people were caught violating the smoking ban in Manila in the last 48-hour swoop of police.

From 5 a.m. of Nov. 10 to 5 a.m. of Nov. 12, a total of 145 were rounded up in various districts in the city.

Sta. Cruz Police apprehended 52, the most number of individuals who smoked cigarettes in public places.

It was followed by Raxabago Police with 49.

Other violators were taken by Moriones, Sampaloc, Malate, Pandacan, Meisic, Jose Abad Santos, and Sta. Mesa Police.

In May 2018, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada approved the revised city ordinance on smoking ban, raising fine from P500 to P5,000 and imposing three days of jail time to violators. (Ria Fernandez)

Baranga tanod nabbed in Valenzuela drug sting

Two men, including a barangay tanod, were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Valenzuela City on Sunday evening.

Elements of the Valenzuela City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the sting along Pinagpala Street, Pinalagad, Malinta, Valenzuela City.

Investigation showed that police arrested the suspects after they sold a sachet of suspected shabu to poseur buyers.

Police identified the suspects as Minador Cunanan, alias “Ding,” 49, resident of the area; and Ariel Alavata, 24, resident of Barangay Bignay, Valenzuela City.

Cunanan was reportedly under the police’s drug watchlist.

Retrieved from the suspects were 14 sachets of suspected shabu, a sachet containing rolled aluminum foils, Cunanan’s barangay tanod ID, and P2,200 in cash.

A case for violation of Section 5 and 11 of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against Cunanan.

Meanwhile, Alavata will be facing charges for violation of Section 11 of R.A. 9165. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

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