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Man found dead in Tondo

A Chinese-looking man, whose head, hands, and feet were wrapped in brown packaging tape, was found dead along Road 10 in front of Smokey Mountain in Tondo, Manila last week.

Police said the still unidentified fatality was about 20 to 25 years old, medium-built, and 5’ 10” tall. He also had blonde hair and Chinese character tattoo on left his inner forearm.

Witnesses onboard a cargo truck saw the body, clad in black sweater with hood, khaki pants, and green sneakers, lying on the sidewalk at about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 2.
They immediately called the attention of patrolling police in the area to inform about the incident.

Probers then came and examined the cadaver and saw multiple incised wounds, abrasions, and several hematomas on different parts of the body.

Two sachets of “shabu” were also recovered at the left back pocket of the victim.

The body was brought to Funeraria Cruz for autopsy and safekeeping.

Meanwhile, further investigation is underway. (Ria Fernandez)

Retired police shot dead in Marikina

A retired policeman died after unidentified armed men shot him while watching a basketball game in Marikina City Sunday night.

Police identified the fatality as (Ret.) Police Insp. Elmer Corbe, 52, of Barangay Industrial Valley Complex (IVC), Marikina.

According to Case Investigator SPO3 Rodrigo FebreoJr, initial investigation showed that Corbe was serving as a referee in a basketball game at their garage along Cadena De Amor Street around 6:45 p.m. when one of the suspects shot him multiple times.

After the incident, the gunman quickly fled the scene aboard a motorcycle parked along O. De Guzman Street where his cohort was waiting, before speeding off toward the direction of Libis (C-5) in Quezon City, Febreo said.

Meanwhile, Corbe was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician after sustaining four gunshot wounds on his body.

The family of Corbe told the investigators that the victim was a former member of Marikina City Police and was transferred to the Quezon City Police District after he was promoted as police inspector.

Prior to his retirement on July 1, 2017, they added that Corbe was assigned to the provincial police force in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Febreo also said that Corbehas no enemies since he was helpful and kind to others according to his family.

He added that the victim’s death is possibly connected to his job when he was in service.

Probers recovered from the crime scene two fired cartridge cases and six deformed slugs of unidentified caliber of firearm.

The police are still conducting a follow-up investigation to identify the suspects and their motives behind the killing. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Police find illegal substance from man shot on his butt

A man who was shot on his butt by an unidentified gunman in Navotas City will be facing charges after police allegedly found illegal substances in his possession on Sunday.

Police identified the victim turned suspect as Manuel Garcia Jr., alias “Jerman,” 38, jobless, resident of Market 3, Navotas Fish Port Complex, Navotas City.

Investigation showed that Garcia was walking along Palengke Street in Navotas City at around 3:40 a.m. when an unidentified man shot him, hitting him on the butt.

The assailant then fled the area.

When police responded to the crime scene, they frisked Garcia and reportedly found 10 sachets of suspected shabu and P2,269 cash in his possession.
Garcia was brought to Tondo Medical Center for medical treatment.

The retrieved pieces of evidence will be brought to the Northern Police District Crime Laboratory Satellite Office at Valenzuela City for laboratory examination.

Garcia, who is at present confined, will be facing charges for violating section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the identification and arrest of the gunman. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

3 druggies nabbed in Valenzuela drug bust

Three alleged drug personalities were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Marulas, Valenzuela City Sunday evening.

Arrested were Donald Mercado, 47, helper and electrician; Joselito Cagindagan, 57, driver; and Pepito Pacaol, 43, helper—all residents of the area.

Police said Mercado is included in the drug watchlist.

Elements of the Valenzuela City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit first arrested Mercado after a poseur buyer bought a sachet of suspected shabu worth P300 from him.

Retrieved from the suspect included a sachet of suspected shabu, a sachet containing traces of suspected shabu, P300 buy-bust money, and P200 in cash.

The police then used Mercado to bait Cagindagan. After the two completed a drug deal, back-up operatives collared Cagindagan and Pacaol.

A sachet of suspected shabu was retrieved from the suspects.

The suspects and retrieved pieces of evidence were brought to the Northern Police District Crime Laboratory Satellite Office for examination.

The three are now under police custody and will be facing charges for violating Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

3 injured in gas tank explosion in Pasay

Three employees were wounded in a gas tank explosion at a food park in Pasay City, Sunday night.

The victims were identified as Jerry Orpila, 33; Jay Venus Delos Santos, 50; and Analiza Sevilla, 37 who sustained second-degree burns.

They are now recuperating at the San Juan De Dios Hospital.

According to Fire Officer 1 Keenan Dublado of the Pasay City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the incident occurred at around 8:50 p.m. at the kitchen of Food Treat Tayo along Roxas Boulevard corner Antipolo St. in Barangay 11 in Pasay.

Investigators said that the three victims were having a food tasting when the blast occurred. Prior to the incident, one of the victim’s managers was able to detect the gas leak and subsequently warned the three. (Dhel Nazario)

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