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Neighborhood in Q.C engulfed by fire; 4-year old boy perished

A four-year-old boy left sleeping inside their house perished from a fire that razed a residential area in North Fairview, Quezon City on Sunday night.

Bureau of Fire Protection-Quezon City Fire District marshal Jaime Ramirez said the fire broke out at the bedroom of the house owned by certain Marivic Rebagay at 24 Bolivar Street, Bukluran Phase 8 in North Fairview around 9:28 p.m.

The fire escalated up to second alarm at 9:40 p.m. as the blaze quickly spreads to adjacent houses made of light materials

Ten families were affected while at least eight houses were destroyed by the fire which lasted for more than an hour before it was put out at 10:50 p.m.

Fire probers are initially looking into a burning candle as caused by the fire.

Meanwhile, a four-year-old boy, identified as Alexander Salas, died after the fire.

According to the families of the victim, Salas’ brother went out of the house to buy some snacks and left his younger brother sleeping when the fire started.

Family members failed to rescue the boy as the blaze quickly spread throughout the area.

Estimated damage of the fire was pegged at about P12,000. (Alexandria San Juan)

Elderly woman killed in road mishap

A 74-year-old woman who was just crossing the street was killed after he was hit by an approaching motorcycle, injuring both the driver and the backrider, Sunday night in Parañaque City.

The victim was identified by police as Melagros Centino, a resident of Sta. Ana Drive, Barangay Sun Valley, Parañaque City. He was brought to the Parañaque Doctors Hospital for treatment but later died.

The driver was identified as Mico Salcedo, 21, and his backrider was identified as Mrs. Agnes Salcedo, 50, both residents of Zone 1, Lower Sta. Ana, Barangay Sun Valley, Parañaque City.

Salcedo was driving a Honda XRM motorcycle with no plate number.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 7:05 in the evening along Sta. Ana Drive, Barangay Sun Valley, Parañaque City.

Police said that the victim was crossing the road when the vehicle driven by Salcedo suddenly appeared and accidentally hit Centino. As a result, all three of them sustained severe body injuries.

The driver and his backrider was brought to the Commcare Clinic while the victim was brought to the Parañaque Doctors Hospital for immediate medical treatment but was declared dead at around 7:41 in the evening.

The driver will be facing charges of Reckless Imprudence Resulting to Homicide. (Dhel Nazario)

Fake priest nabbed

A former convicted carnapper is now back in jail after posing as a priest.

Marlon Ponterez, clad in a priest’s vestments and armed with an ID from a certain Apostolic Catholic Devine Holy Trinity, was arrested in Tondo, Manila last Sunday.

Police Supt. Reynaldo Magdaluyo, station commander of Manila Police District (MPD) Station 1, said that Ponterez’s modus operandi was to go to places celebrating a feast and force people to acquire his religious services in exchange of money.

However, residents doubted him after noticing the collected cash “donations” inserted in the Bible.

“One of the complainants said that the suspect forced him to have his newly-built house blessed for P1, 000,” Magdaluyo said.

The suspect later admitted to Magdaluyo his modus and confessed that he also have a group doing the said illegal activity.

Furthermore, police learned that he had just been released from detention after being convicted for the crime of carnapping in Calauan, Laguna in 2017.

He is also a full-fledged member of notorious Sputnik Gang as it appears on his tattoo on the right arm.

If the Philippine Independent and Roman Catholic Churches affirm Ponterez’s non-affiliation to them, cases such as usurpation of authority, estafa, and grave coercion will be filed against him. (Ria Fernandez)

Human skull found in Caloocan

A human skull was found at a vacant lot at Barangay 171, Bagumbong, Caloocan City on Saturday.

According to a police report reaching the Northern Police District yesterday, the lot’s caretakers, identified as Mc Harley Caruno, 18, and Mark Anthony Biazon, 18, were cleaning the lot when they saw a suspicious sack.

Upon checking inside, they saw the skeletal remains.

The two immediately sought police assistance from Police Community Precinct-6.

The remains were brought to the Northern Police District Crime Laboratory Office for possible identification.

Further investigation is underway. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Couple arrested for selling drugs

A pair of lovebirds will be celebrating the Valentine’s Day behind bars after they were caught selling almost P150, 000 worth of marijuana in Sta. Ana, Manila last Sunday afternoon.

Police identified the suspects as Sir Lord Parco alias “Boss Parcs”, 33, of Matimtiman Street, Tondo district; and, Bennie Rose Sano, 33, a call center agent with a bachelor’s degree of AB Political Science, and resident of Buenavista Executive Homes, Barangay Barandal, Calamba, Laguna.

The couple was arrested during a drug bust along Plaza Calderon, Pedro Gil Street, Barangay 879, Zone 96 in Sta. Ana, Manila at about 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Aside from them, two more persons were also nabbed namely Aries Ilagan alias “Dong”, 25, and second year college student of Universidad de Manila; and,  Nico Fernando alias “Noy”, 21, and a high school graduate, both from Binondo district.

A total of 8.20 kilograms of dried leaves believed to be marijuana with an estimated street value of P144, 500 and P500 marked money were seized from the suspects.

The pieces of evidence were then turned over to the crime laboratory of Manila Police District (MPD) for examination.

Meanwhile, the suspects will be facing charges in violation of sections 5, 11, and 26 of Article II of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

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