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Pasig health office warns against certain liquor brand

With the alarming number of victims who died after drinking lambanog or coconut wine, a city health department on Monday warned the public to avoid drinking a certain brand of lambanog sold in the city.

The Pasig City Health Department said in an advisory to take caution and momentarily avoid the purchase of “Bossing Tumador” Pure Lambanog.

“Binibigyan ng babala ang publiko na pansamantalang huwag munang tangkilikin ang pagbili ng lambanog na may tatak na “Bossing Tomador” Pure Lambanog,” the city health department said.

(The public is advised that for the meantime, avoid the lambanog bearing a brand of “Bosing Tomador” Pure Lambanog.)

To date, 14 persons reportedly died after drinking lambanog with six latest fatalities in Calamba, Laguna. The victims reportedly experienced severe stomach pains after consuming the liquor.

Moreover, the city health department asked vendors who sell that brand of liqour to take it out from their shelves.

“Ang lahat ng mga tindahan na may tinda ng naturang tatak ay huwag muna itinda ito sa publiko hanggat walang “Clearance Notice” mula sa tanggapang ito.

(All vendors of such brand should stop selling it to the public as long as no “Clearance Notice” was released by this office.)

Meanwhile, Dr. Joseph Panaligan, the city assistant health officer, asked for the assistance of the barangay captains in the city in implementing the notice. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

MPD warns public against pickpockets, trickster

Beware of pickpockets and tricksters, the head of the Manila Police District (MPD) advised the public as the holiday season fast approaches.

In an interview with the Manila Bulletin, MPD Chief Vicente Danao Jr. said people going out for Christmas shopping must be vigilant with the happenings around them.

“Watch over your belongings since pickpockets and swindlers or ‘budol-budol’ members are widespread at this time,” he said.

Danao bared the usual modus of ‘budol-budol’ gang.

“There are instances that they will show you money but actually the real cash is just placed on top of a pile of newspaper cutouts then they will let you hold it, which of course will dazzle you, in exchange of your earrings, jewelry, watch, cellphone,” he said.

“Another is they will ask you to buy, say, a jewelry only to find out that it’s fake,” he added.

To prevent being victimized, Danao urged not to wear expensive accessories and refrain from talking with strangers. (Ria Fernandez)

Carnappers nabbed after selling stolen motorbikes

Two motorcycle thieves who were allegedly selling stolen motorbikes were arrested by the police in Quezon City, Monday afternoon.

Joint operatives of Quezon City Police Station 10 and Caloocan City Police Station Anti-carnapping Unit identified the suspects as Joseph Sevillanos, 26, a resident of Barangay Sacred Heart, Quezon City and Michael Daya, from Tondo, Manila.

Police said that the two men were responsible behind a series of carnapping incidents in the area of Caloocan City involving motorcycles that were later sold in Quezon City.

A report showed that at around 2:30 p.m., Monday, combined personnel of Caloocan CPS-ANCAR and Kamuning Police Station conducted a follow-up operation against the two men after receiving information that the suspects was about to have a transaction under EDSA-Kamuning flyover.

When their latest victim positively identified the two men as the same men who robbed his motorcycle, operatives immediately collared the duo resulting in their arrest. Recovered from the crime scene was a stolen white Yamaha Sniper owned by the victim. (Alex San Juan)

Dismissal for police running ‘tupada’ in Tondo – MPD chief

The Manila Police District (MPD) chief wants policemen arrested for running “tupada” in Tondo be immediately dismissed from service.

“We will file administrative case against [them]…so kung ano yung pinakamabigat na pwede nating ipataw diyan (whatever the heaviest penalty that can be imposed), if it will be dismissal from the service then be it,” MPD Director Vicente Danao Jr. said when asked about his thoughts on the first reported case of police scalawags under his helm.

PO2 Melchor Raiws and PO2 Emerson Frutas, both assigned to MPD Station 1, along with their five civilian companions were recently nabbed by the operatives of Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) following a complaint of barangay officials that they were illegally operating and protecting cockfighting.

In fact, one of the police was still wearing his uniform during the arrest according to CITF Head Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat.

Authorities recovered from their possession .45 pistol and a 9mm pistol, two fighting cocks, two taris, and P15,000 bet money.

The suspects were then brought to the CITF office in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Ria Fernandez)

2 alleged gunrunners killed in Navotas

Two alleged gunrunners were killed in a drug sting conducted by police along Dagat-Dagatan Street, Navotas City on Tuesday early morning.

The police only identified the suspects as alias “Roly” and alias “Cris.”

Elements of the Northern Police District Special Operations Unit (NPD-DSOU), Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and the Navotas City Police Station conducted the buy-bust operation for firearms along C3 Road, Barangay North Bay Boulevard North at about 4:15 a.m.

Investigation showed that a poseur buyer bought a caliber .38 revolver from the alleged gunrunners.

But when the two reportedly noticed that they were transacting with a policeman, they drew their firearms and traded shots with the operatives.

The assailants died on the spot after being hit on different parts of their bodies.

Recovered from the crime scene were caliber .45 firearm loaded with one chamber and four cartridges, a caliber .38 revolver with two fired cartridges and four cartridges, the .38 caliber buy-bust revolver, four sachets of suspected shabu, and five fired cartridge cases.

The bodies of the assailants were brought to Eusebio Funeral Homes for autopsy and possible identification. (Minka Tiangco)

Construction worker killed after getting into a fight with co-worker

What could have been easily avoided with a mop turned bloody when a construction worker was killed after getting into a fight with a co-worker over spilled water in Malate, Manila on Sunday.

The police identified the victim as Glenn Francisco, 29; and the suspect as Romel Guanco Nunu, 34; both stay-in construction laborers.

Investigation showed that prior to the incident, the construction workers spilled water on the floor inside their barracks at the construction site on Leveriza Street, Malate, Manila at around 7 a.m.

The two then argued over who should clean up the spilled water.

Francisco reportedly took a lead pipe while Nunu armed himself with a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.

Police said Francisco managed to hail a tricycle and brought himself to Ospital ng Maynila but eventually died due to loss of blood.

Nunu has been arrested by barangay officials and will be charged with murder. (Erma Edera)

Student caught smoking pot inside school restroom

A 17-year-old student was arrested after his teacher allegedly caught him using marijuana inside their school in Sampaloc, Manila Monday night.

Investigation showed that Mark John Peña, an Arellano University teacher, was walking at the campus when he allegedly smelled burnt marijuana leaves coming from the comfort room at around 7:00 p.m. on December 10.

Police said that when Peña opened the front door of the comfort room, a 17-year-old boy was seen leaving the area. Peña said that he noticed that there was no other person inside the room so he immediately ran and approached the student.

During their conversation, the teacher apparentky saw a one small glass tube pipe containing partly burned marijuana dried leaves with fruiting tops which resulted to the arrest of the student.

The minor will be charged for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 or Republic Act No. 9165. (Erma Edera)

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