Police probe death of 4 tricycle drivers
Police are looking into “liquor poisoning” as the cause of death of four tricycle drivers and hospitalized 13 others while they were preparing for a Christmas party, Friday evening, in Novaliches, Quezon City.
The 17 men, all tricycle drivers, reportedly were drinking lambanog or coconut wine.
Quezon City Police Station 4 commander, Superintendent Rossel Cejas, said the men – members of San Bartolome Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association – drank the lambanog during a meeting held in the house of the association president, Romeo Mateo in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, on November 30.The lambanog was purchased from a neighbor.
The next day, December 1, the group went back to Mateo’s place to consume the remaining lambanog. Investigation showed that the tricycle drivers consumed six liters of lambanog which was placed inside a plastic water container.
The following day, December 2, the victims complained of severe stomach pain, and were brought to the Novaliches District Hospital.
One of the tricycle drivers, Delfin Bangayon, died while being treated at the hospital. Two others – Dennis Cuadra, 37, and Alvin Reyes, 42 – also died in the same hospital the following day.
The death certificates of the three men stated the cause of death as cardiopulmonary arrest.
The next day, another victim, Crispulo Mateo Jr., 43, died at the East Avenue Medical Center where he was rushed after he complained of chest pain and difficulty in breathing.
Thirteen other tricycle drivers are now being treated at the East Avenue Medical Center after experiencing the same symptoms.
Meanwhile, Lerma Soriano, the source of the lambanog, said she had purchased the liquor from Candelaria in Quezon Province, which is the usual request of the group when she goes there.
Cejas, the station commander, said they are still waiting for the result of laboratory tests on the lambanog to determine if it contained toxic substance. (Alex San Juan)
P100,000 shabu seized in Navotas buy-bust
About P100,000 worth of suspected shabu were seized from 14 suspected drug personalities, with three minors among them, in buy-bust operations in Navotas City on Tuesday.
Police identified the arrested suspects as Jhulius Simporios, 24; Jaime Tumpan, 51; Alexis Basaya, 29; Jayson Gonzales, 33; Nestor Semafia, 32; Nelson Sardefia, 34; Edwin Lazos, 19; Edgar Tugano, 34; Judyanne Mariel Lafuente, 21; Jomel Simporios, 19; and Jhon Marlon Sabar, 19, and three minors aged 15 to 16.
The police report showed that elements of the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit (NPD-DSOU) conducted a buy-bust operation against Simporios at a house along Barangay North Bay Boulevard North where a poseur buyer purchased a caliber .45 pistol with live ammunition.
Simporios was arrested after he failed to present documents indicating that he is authorized to sell, carry, or possess the said firearm, police said.
The other suspects were nabbed after the poseur-buyer chanced upon them having a drug session during his transaction with Simporios.
A follow-up operation was conducted at about 1 p.m. at Simporios’ rented house along Dulong Hernandez Street, Catmon, Malabon City after police received a tip that the suspect was hiding more firearms.
There, police arrested Sabar, who they found with a .38 revolver loaded with five live ammunition tucked on the right side of his waist.
Police retrieved 59 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 25 grams and with an estimated value of P100,000 and drug paraphernalia.
The retrieved firearms will be submitted to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office in Camp Crame, Quezon City for ballistic examination.
The arrested drug suspects are now under police custody and will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while the rescued minors will be sent to the City Social Welfare and Development in Navotas. (Minka Tiangco)
Alleged drug peddler injured in Pasay
An alleged drug peddler was injured after he was accidentally shot by a responding police officer when the suspect attempted the grab his service firearm on Tuesday in Pasay City.
The suspect is still under observation at the Pasay City General Hospital after he sustained a lone gunshot wound to the right chest.
Investigation showed that at about 11:40 in the morning, a telephone call was received by a personnel from the Police Community Precinct 3 from a concerned citizen regarding an ongoing drug trade along Orion St. in Pasay City.
Police immediately went to the area and spotted the person which the caller described. When he saw the presence of police, he suddenly ran inside a shanty and where one police officer chased him.
A scuffle ensued when the suspect attempted to grab the service firearm of the police officer, which resulted to the accidental firing which hit the suspect on the right chest.
He was then rushed to the said hospital where he is still undergoing treatment. (Dhel Nazario)