By Erma Edera
Nine men including two minors were arrested for alleged indiscriminate firing along the streets of Malate, Manila early Thursday morning.
The police identified the suspects as Anjo Padilla, 27; Jeffrey Mendoza, 32; Luilius Doliente. 30; Maryjay Dominguez, 29; Beucan Morillo, 23; Wendel De Guzman, 24 and Marc Senez, 21.
Initial investigation showed that prior to the incident, a concerned citizen called the Malate Police Station (PS-9) to report about indiscriminate firing along M.H. Del Pilar Street corner Aldecoa Street, Malate, Manila at around 5:40 a.m. on Feb. 7.
A closed-circuit television showed from Barangay 701 Zone 77 District V that one of the suspects, Dominguez, alighted from the yellow Honda vehicle and approached his companion on board a white Honda car who handed him a firearm. He then walked along the street and fired the gun repeatedly.
A Manila Police District Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit responded to the call and they were able to collar the suspects along President Quirino Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila at around 7:00 a.m.
Recovered from the crime scene were 12 pieces of deformed slugs from a 9 mm handgun.
Station 9 Commander Supt Bobby Glenn Ganipac was able to recover the firearm that Dominguez used, two hours after the incident. He said that it is placed on a black clutch bag under the driver’s seat of the white car.
The suspects are currently detained at the Malate Police Station and will be facing charges of alarm and scandal.