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Street sweeper dies after being hit by bus

A female street sweeper died on the spot after a bus of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) ran over her Friday morning along United Nations Avenue in Ermita, Manila.

Initial report revealed that Jhonifer Besabe, 40, personnel of Manila Department of Public Safety (DPS), and resident of Mandaluyong City was in front of Manila Police District (MPD) Press Corps Office crossing the road while pushing a cart when the bus struck her around 6 a.m.

The victim was first side swiped and managed to walk before she was pinned under the rear left tire of the bus.

It took three hours for authorities to remove and bring the body of the victim to St. Rich Funeral.

Meanwhile, bus driver Rico Balugo, 46, of 25 Centraza Village, Las Piñas was told to stay by the police for investigation. (Ria Fernandez)

AWOL cop shot dead

A Manila police officer on absent without leave (AWOL) status was killed by unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen in Tondo, Manila on Friday afternoon.

Manila Police District (MPD) Director Senior Supt. Vicente Danao identified the victim as PO3 Rodrigo Asuan Jr., 40, a former member of MPD–Jose Abad Santos Police Station (PS-7), and a resident of Ampioco Street Balut in Tondo.

MPD-PS7 Station Commander Jerry BayogaCorpuzsaid that Asuan has been AWOL since February 2017 and he was also reassigned to Mindanao.

Initial investigation showed that Asuan was onboard his motorcycle going to Blumentritt Market to buy eggs for his own convenience store. When he was traversing Younger Street corner Rodriguez Street in Tondo, two men onboard a motorcycle repeatedly shot him in the back at around 3:30 p.m. on December 6.

Asuan was dead on the spot.

Recovered from the crime scene were four fired cartridges of .45 caliber.

Meanwhile, Danao said that the motive behind the killing is still unknown. (Erma Edera)

15 women rescued from 2 pimps in Cainta, Rizal

Police rescued 15 women including minors from the hands of pimps in Cainta, Rizal it was reported on Friday.

Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center arrested Jun Espiritu and Yvonne Mahinay by police operatives in an entrapment operation when they received a total of P9,000 marked money as payment for two of the minors by a policeman who posed as a customer.

Police said the suspects allegedly offer the women to KTV patrons where they could choose from the ladies, youngest of whom is 15 years old, and then bring them to a nearby motel.

It was gathered that the payment ranges in the category of looks and age. About P3,000 to P8,000 each. Some are still students. It’s saddening that there’s this kind of child abuse.)

The suspects will be charged with violation of Anti Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003 and the Anti Child Abuse Law. (Madelynne Dominguez)

30 kilos of chemicals allegedly used to produce shabu found in Pasig

A few hours after a clandestine shabu laboratory was raided in San Juan City, another raid resulted in the recovery of about 30 kilos of chemicals allegedly used to produce shabu in a building in Pasig City Thursday.

Armed with a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Danilo Cruz of Pasig City Regional Trial Court (Branch 152), joint operatives raided a building at No. 34, Sta. Rosa Street, Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig at around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Eastern Police District Director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba said in a text message they are investigating if the recovered chemicals inside several plastic bags and canister were used to make shabu.

Senior Supt. Rizalito Gapas, Pasig City Police chief, said in a phone call that they still cannot disclose if the chemicals recovered were connected to the discovered shabu laboratory in a posh subdivision in San Juan City at around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday.

“We still cannot say [that it is connected]…It is still under investigation,” Gapas said in Filipino.

Gapas said the target of the operation, whose name was withheld by the police for the meantime, was not in the area when the warrant was implemented.

“Only the caretaker and the security guard were there,” he said.

Gapas said the caretaker and the guard denied having any knowledge of the chemicals present in the building.

“But we are also going to investigate them,” Gapas added.

The chemicals are now in the crime laboratory for identification and classification, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

3 guards injured in grenade explosion

Three security guards were injured after a hand grenade exploded in Pangarap Village, Caloocan City on Friday before dawn.

Police identified the victims as Michael Maramag, 32; Nelson Villabos, 53; and Ariel Tejero, 29; all residents of SJDM, Bulacan.

According to a report, the victims were at their guard posts along G. Araneta Avenue, Barangay 181 at around 2 a.m. when they saw one of the nearby houses burning.

Residents of the area rushed out of their houses and started arguing.

Suddenly, a loud explosion was heard and the victims, who were beside their service vehicle at the time, were hit with shrapnel.

They were rushed by their coworkers to Tala Hospital for medical treatment.

Police said there are indications of arson in the fire incident.

Investigation is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)

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