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EPD nabs QC’s most wanted man after seven years

Quezon City’s most wanted man finally fell in the hands of law enforcers after nearly seven years in hiding, a report reaching the Eastern Police District (EPD) said Friday.


Chief Supt. Benigno Meneses, EPD-Crime Investigation Unit chief, identified the suspect as Edgardo Flores, 53, of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Baybay City, Leyte.


Flores was arrested at a house where he was staying in Purok 1, Barangay Sta. Cruz, Baybay City, at 12:05 a.m. Thursday during a joint police operation led by the Eastern District Field Unit (EDFU).


Police records showed that Flores was charged for the death of Ariel Bermudez in a crime that took place in Sitio Maligaya, Barangay Bahay Toro, Quezon City way back on May 11, 2012.


The 29-year-old Bermudez was stabbed dead by Flores after he tried to intervene in a fight between the latter’s son and an unidentified man. The victim was stabbed in the back.


After the incident, Flores fled to his native town in Baybay City, Leyte where he managed to elude arrest for years.


Judge Luisito Cortez of Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 84 issued on December 22, 2014 an arrest warrant of Flores for the crime of murder. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Drinking session host stabs drinking buddy

A man was stabbed dead by his female drinking buddy in Barangay Panghulo, Malabon City early Sunday morning, police said.

Police identified the victim as Rex Vinetora, 27, a construction worker, of Bulacan. The suspect, Emily Fano, 30, a helper, and resident of the village remains at large.

According to a report, the two, along with a certain Liezl Marcos, 28, were having a drinking spree at the suspect’s house before the incident.

Once they were done downing liquor bottles, Marcos accompanied Vinetora to his workplace and left Fano sleeping at her house.

Little did the two know, the suspect subsequently woke up and followed them.

Then, for no apparent reason, Fano stabbed the victim in different parts of his body, killing him instantly. She fled the area with her weapon afterward.

The Northern Police District is still investigating the case. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

“Pusoy” arrest leads to drug bust

Four gamblers, including two drug suspects, were nabbed along Pusit Alley, Dagat-Dagatan, Barangay 12, Caloocan City on Saturday midnight.

Police identified the suspects as Noel Jimenez, 43, jobless; Maria Christina Cruz, 26, waitress; Romar Valenzuela, 32, pedicab driver; all residents of the area; and Ed-Jay Puno, 36, jobless, resident at Dollar Street, Meycauayan, Bulacan.

Valenzuela and Puno, the suspected drug users, were not listed in the police’s drug watchlist, police said.

According to a report, police responded to the area and arrested the suspects after receiving a tip that four persons were engaged in an illegal game of pusoy.

Police retrieved two sachets of suspected shabu from Valenzuela and Puno. Also retrieved from the suspects were P300 bet money and playing cards.

The suspects and retrieved pieces of evidence were brought to Caloocan City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit for proper disposition.

The suspects, who are now under police custody, will be facing charges for illegal gambling. Valenzuela and Puno will also be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Drug-crazed man holds family hostage; sets neighborhood on fire

A hostage-taker who also set a house on fire in Pandacan, Manila was shot dead by police on Saturday morning.

The fatality was identified as Ranil Christian Baje, 26.

Investigation revealed that Baje initially held his grandmother, uncle, and niece hostage inside their house at No. 2408 along Floresca Street at around 9 a.m. on Feb. 9.

However, his relatives managed to escape, causing him to run amuck and set his neighbor’s home on fire.

Thereafter, Baje, armed with a kitchen knife, went to another house to hide but the blaze also spread on it, but was immediately put out by firefighters.

Police Insp. Genesis Aliling responded to the area and tried to negotiate with Baje to surrender but to no avail.

Instead, the latter attacked and stabbed the former multiple times.

Aliling’s back-up, Police Insp. Francis Guevarra, attempted to prevent Baje from causing more injuries but he also sustained a stab wound on his left hand. Aliling then fired a shot that hit Baje on the body.

Thereafter, all of them were rushed to Sta. Ana Hospital for treatment.

But Baje was declared dead on arrival.

It was learned from the suspect’s relatives that he was a drug user and had been awake for three days already.

Meanwhile, the two police officers have already been discharged from the medical facility and are now in stable condition.

Manila Police District (MPD) chief Vicente Danao, Jr. said that he will recommend them to be awarded for their bravery. (Ria Fernandez)

PNP-FED names gun owner in indiscriminate firing incident

The owner of the firearms used in a recent indiscriminate firing incident in Malate, Manila had already been identified, a police report retrieved by the Manila Bulletin showed.

According to the memorandum from the Firearms and Explosives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) dated Feb. 7, the caliber 9MM Glock pistol was registered to a certain Fabian Leoby Lagui of 114 Circle Road, Santos Village, Zapote, Las Piñas City.

It was further revealed that the license of the weapon with serial number CDC791 had already expired on Feb. 28, 2015.

Manila Police District (MPD) chief Vicente Danao, Jr. had already instructed his men to invite the gun owner to meet him at the headquarters anytime this coming week to help shed light in their investigation.

It can be recalled that one of the suspects, Marjay Dominguez, fired the said gun repeatedly while walking along M.H. Del Pilar corner Aldecoa Streets in Malate at around 5:40 a.m. last Feb. 7. (Ria Fernandez)



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