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Meralco employee prompts arrest of fake service collector

Policemen arrested a fake Meralco service collector after he allegedly tried to deceive a woman into paying her electric bill through him in Marikina City Tuesday.

His plan failed when the woman’s husband who happens to be an employee of the electric company asked for his appropriate papers but failed to provide one.

Police arrested Michael Baylon, 45, a former event bouncer, of Barangay St. Joseph, San Juan City.

Initial investigation showed that at around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Baylon introduced himself as a service collector of Meralco to May Atutubo, 42, and advised her to pay for their electric bill of P3,868 to avoid the disconnection of their electric supply.

Her husband Fedencio Atutubo II, a sub-contractor lineman supervisor of Meralco, asked Baylon for the field order issued by the electric company, police said.

However, instead of showing the order, Baylon ran and threw away copies of Advice Service Disconnection, Advice of Contract Termination, and a yellow meter seal from Meralco, police said.

Mr. Atutubo chased Baylon and who was eventually arrested along Gen. Julian Street in Barangay Tañong, Marikina City by the responding policemen and barangay tanods.

According to 48-year-old Claudio Arabit Jr, a security officer who represented Meralco in the complaint, their records showed that Baylon used to work for the company as a lineman inspector under its Inspection Division from 1995 to 1999.

Baylon is now detained and will be charged with Estafa. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Smokers yield shabu in Malate

Illegal drugs were seized from two men, who were initially arrested for smoking in a public place, in Malate, Manila a couple of days ago.

Police caught Jeffrey Altre, 36, and Embi Samat, 49, puffing cigarettes in a non-smoking area along Dakota Street of the said district at 6 a.m. last Feb. 5, initial report said.

However, four small packs of “shabu” were recovered from the suspects’ possession while authorities were inspecting them.

The suspects, who are currently detained at Manila Police District (MPD) Station 9, will be facing charges in violation of the city ordinance on smoking ban and section 11 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

Joint police operation nets rapist 7 years after committing crime

The fourth most wanted man in Mandaluyong City who allegedly raped his girlfriend seven years ago was apprehended in a man-hunt operation on Tuesday.

Police identified the suspect as Peter Dioquindo, 34, of Barangay Mabini J. Rizal, Mandaluyong City.

Investigation showed that at around 10 a.m. Tuesday, members of the Intelligence and Special Operation Unit of the Mandaluyong City Police in coordination with Police Community Precincts 2 and 5 nabbed Dioquindo along Nanirahan Street in Barangay Mabini, J. Rizal.

Police said that Dioquindo was charged after he allegedly raped his girlfriend way back in 2012.

Prior to his arrest, police said Dioquindo was shadowed by the Police for a month after they received information that he was spotted in the area when he visited his friends.

Judge Imelda Portes-Saulog of Mandaluyong City Regional Trial Court Branch 214 issued the non-bailable arrest warrant of Dioquindo for two counts of rape.

He is now behind bars at the Mandaluyong City Police custodial facility. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Notorious robbery and hold up pair to rot in jail after their arrest in Pureza

Two men who were allegedly involved in numerous robbery and hold-up incidents in several cities in Metro Manila were arrested by the police in Manila Wednesday.

Senior Supt. Dindo Reyes, San Juan City Police chief, identified the suspects as Ronel Guerrero, 25, of Montalban, Rizal; and Gervy Magno, 37, of Barangay Corazon De Jesus, San Juan City.

The duo was nabbed at their safe house in Pureza Extension, Pureza, Manila at around 5:30 p.m. after a tipster reported their whereabouts.

Reyes said that Guerrero and Magno were involved in several robbery incidents of business establishments including two laundry shops, a gasoline station, a restaurant and a spa salon in the cities of San Juan, Pasig, Manila, and Quezon.

He said that the modus operandi of the duo, who admitted to using illegal drugs, is to enter an establishment posing as customers then hold up at gunpoint its customers and staff before escaping onboard a motorcycle.

Usually, another man serving as their lookout will check the area before Guerrero and Magno who were waiting onboard a parked motorcycle will proceed with the robbery, Reyes added.

Police recovered from the duo a caliber .38 revolver allegedly stolen from a security guard during a robbery at Eton Square Building in Barangay Greenhills, San Juan City on January 28.

In a follow-up operation in Sta Ana, Manila at around 11 p.m., policemen also recovered a blue scooter without a plate number. The vehicle was reportedly stolen from a student last February 4.

Also recovered were a black laptop and few long sleeve suits believed worn by the suspects during their robbery attacks.

Police said that at least 10 people went to the San Juan City Police headquarters on Wednesday and claimed that they were victimized by the duo.

The men are now detained and will be charged with robbery hold-up and violation of RA 10591 of the Illegal Possession of Firearm in relation to the Omnibus Election Code. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

“Cat fight” results to cardiac arrest

A 45-year-old woman died of heart attack after an intense squabble with another woman, who allegedly had a sexual affair with her live-in partner, along Dagupan Street, Tondo, Manila last night.

Police identified the fatality as Merlita Dela Cruz; while the suspect was Jennifer Tuan, 45.

The investigation revealed that Tuan was shouting and unleashing expletives in front of Dela Cruz’s place at past 6 p.m. on Feb. 6.

Dela Cruz then confronted and engaged the suspect in a heated argument.

But her live-in partner Jose Mendoza, 64 and a tricycle driver, advised her to walk away so as not to aggravate the situation

Moments later, the suspect attacked her with a small knife.

The victim grabbed a wood and used it to hit the suspect’s hand causing the knife to fall to the ground.

The suspect then pulled the victim’s hair and kicked her in the belly.

When Mendoza was able to separate the two, the victim, whose mouth and nose were already frothing, complained of a chest pain.

With the help of the suspect, Mendoza rushed the victim to Ospital ng Tondo but was declared dead on arrival at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the suspect is now detained at the Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide Section.

Asked what could have driven the suspect’s action, Mendoza alleged that she has romantic feelings for him. He also admitted that he paid her for sex once.

“Sa totoo lang napasubo ako…nagbayad ako P100 (As a matter of fact, I was just forced to do it…I paid P100),” he told the Manila Bulletin.

For her part, the suspect said that it was the victim who started the fight by calling her crazy and drug addict and hitting her twice.

She also denied Mendoza’s claim, saying that the latter actually raped her multiple times.

“Wag siya magmalaki baka makulong siya…oras ko matutulog, wala akong magawa po kasi ni-re-rape ako (He should not be boastful. He might be jailed. It was my sleeping time but I couldn’t do anything because he was raping me),” Tuan said while inside her cell. (Ria Fernandez)

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