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2 drug peddlers arrested in Marikina buy-bust

Police arrested two people who were allegedly involved in illegal drug trade in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City yesterday morning.

Suspects were identified by police as Darius Apante, 36 and Rosalinda Dino, 32—both residents of Barangay Tumana, Marikina City.

Members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted the buy-bust sting against Apante and Dino around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday in Barangay Nangka, Marikina.

An undercover cop was able to purchase a sachet of suspected shabu worth P500 from the suspects, police said.

After the deal, anti-narcotics team quickly placed the suspects under arrest and recovered five sachets of suspected shabu, a coin purse, and the buy-bust money from the suspects.

Prior to the operation, authorities received a report from an informant about the illegal drug trade in the area that the suspects were allegedly involved a few hours before midnight on Monday.

Apante and Dino are now detained and will face the charge for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Man’s body chained to cement block found in Pasig River

A body of a still unidentified man with his feet and neck chained to a cement block with four padlocks was found floating under the bridge in Tondo, Manila on Monday afternoon.

Case Investigator PO3 John Bucan described the fatality as male, between 36 to 41 years old, about 5’9’’ tall, medium built, fair complexion, clad in checkered boxer shorts with no upper garment.

Investigation showed that Benny Maco was walking on the bridge along Estero de Vitas, Radial 10, Tondo, Manila when he noticed something was floating in the river at around 3:30 p.m. on Jan.14.

He looked closely and saw the feet of a body. Maco immediately informed the barangay officials.

However, police said no one could identify the victim around the place.

Bucan said the victim’s head was wrapped with clothes while his hands and feet tied with the cable of a cellphone. Police said no external physical injury was found.

Follow-up investigation is underway to identify the fatality. (Erma Edera)

Woman shot dead while chatting with neighbor

A 57-year-old woman talking with her neighbor in front of her residence was gunned down by men riding a motorcycle in Tondo, Manila on Tuesday morning.

The police identified the victim as Elvira Valero of Permanent Housing Tondo, Manila. She was rushed to Tondo General Hospital but was declared dead on arrival after sustaining gunshot wounds on her body.

Case Investigator PO2 Mark de Guzman of the Manila Police District-Homicide Section said the victim was shot in front of her residence at around 7:16 a.m. on Jan. 15.

According to Rose Valerio Rabelas, the victim’s daughter, her mother was eating breakfast when a neighbor, Macmac Pacsoderon ,called her at around 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Valero was talking to Pacsoderon when two unidentified gunmen who were riding a motorcycle shot Valero, Rabelas said. (Erma Edera)

2 killed in Caloocan buy-bust

Two drug suspects were killed while their cohort eluded arrest in a sting at Bagong Silang, Caloocan City on Monday.

Police only identified the suspects as ‘Bert’ and ‘Nad.’ Both were about 35 to 40 years old and were wearing black shirts and shorts, police said. The two were rushed to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center but was declared dead-on-arrival at about 12:51 a.m.

Their cohort, identified by police as ‘Boy Negro,’ managed to flee.

The buy-bust operation was conducted by elements of the Caloocan City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit along Phase 8A Road, Barangay 176, Caloocan City, at about 12:45 a.m on Jan. 14.

Investigation showed that two poseur buyers transacted a drug deal with the suspects. However, the suspects reportedly sensed the approaching back-up operatives after the poseur buyers made a signal.

A firefight between the suspects and the police ensued, leaving Bert and Nad dead.

Retrieved from the suspects were six sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, P2,000 marked money, two caliber .38 revolvers, five fired cartridge cases of unknown caliber and a black Euromotor motorcycle.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the arrest of ‘Boy Negro.’ (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Father, 2 kids killed in Valenzuela road mishap

A father and his two children were killed when the motorcycle they were riding collided with another motorcycle and a truck along Lingunan, Valenzuela City on Sunday evening.

Police identified the victims as Romeo Escamate Jr., 34, security guard; Mark Robert Escamate, 9, student; both residents of Barangay San Vicente, Santo Tomas, Batangas; and Mary Lord Escamate, 10, student, and resident at Dulalla Street, Lingunan, Valenzuela City.

The truck driver was identified by the police as Mateo Catantan, 51, resident at M. Gregorio Street, Canumay East, Valenzuela City.

According to a report, the two motorycles were traversing Dulalla Street in Valenzuela City and were headed west while the truck was going the opposite direction.
Upon reaching Dulalla Bridge, Romeo tried to overtake the suspect’s motorcycle but bumped into Catantan’s truck.

The victims’ motorcycle and the truck both lost balance and crashed into each other, investigations revealed.

The suspect’s motorcycle also sideswept the victims’ vehicle, which led the passengers to fall on the pavement.

Romeo’s head was run over by the vehicle, while Mark Robert also sustained a fatal head injury, causing them to die on the spot.

Mary Lord, who was critically wounded, was rushed to the Valenzuela Medical Center, but died a few hours later.

Catantan was arrested shortly after the incident when police tracked his vehicle at an impounding area in Valenzuela City.

The suspect will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide, physical injury, and damage to property. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

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