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2 drug peddlers, user busted in Marikina

Two alleged drug peddlers and their 18-year-old customer were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City early Saturday morning.

Police identified the suspected drug dealers as Lionel Bautista, alias Bugoy, 32; and Comemoracion Cruz, alias Maurin, 44; and their 18-year-old client Maria Angelica Murillo, alias Jelay. All are residents of Barangay Nangka, Marikina City.

Investigation showed that around 1 a.m. Saturday, members of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a buy-bust sting against Bautista inside the house of Murillo.

Police said the operation stemmed from information coming from a tipster, who reported Friday afternoon ,the alleged involvement of Bautista in illegal drug activity in the area.

Police report showed that a police poseur buyer was able to purchase a sachet of illegal drugs worth P500 from Bautista and Cruz.

After the deal, police said the anti-narcotics team arrested the duo, as well as Murillo who was also able to purchase illegal drugs from the peddlers.

Police seized a total of five sachets of suspected shabu from the suspects, P150 cash, an empty gum canister and the marked money.

The three suspects are now detained and will be charged for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Ex-con shot dead in Intramuros

An ex-convict who lived in the streets was shot dead by an unknown assailant in Intramuros, Manila in the wee hours of Saturday.

Police identified the fatality as Judy Bermundo, 45. He was last seen sleeping at Plaza Sta. Barbara along Bonifacio Drive.

Witness Emily Baldonado said that she was awakened after hearing the victim moaning at around 3 a.m. on Feb. 16.

She initially thought that the victim was having a nightmare and so she woke up the latter’s brother, Joselito.

But when Joselito checked, the victim was already bathing in his own blood.

He tried to save his sibling by seeking help from others to bring him to the hospital but to not avail.

A barangay officer then reported the incident to the police.

During the conduct of investigation, probers saw a lone gunshot wound at the back of the victim’s head.

A fired bullet and another fired cartridge case, both of a .45 caliber, were recovered from the crime scene.

However, the suspect is still unidentified. 

Based on the initial information gathered by on-case investigator Police Officer (PO) 1 Camilo Ross Cunanan, the victim had been jailed for the crime of murder in Quezon City. 

“I already wrote to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to verify it,” Cunanan said. 

The victim’s body was brought to Archangel Funeral Homes for autopsy and safekeeping.

Further investigation is underway. (Ria Fernandez)

Security guard killed live-in partner after Valentine’s Day

A man is now being hunted by police after he allegedly gunned down his live-in partner, the day after Valentine’s Day in Malate, Manila.

Police identified the suspect as Jervis Cabrera, of legal age, security guard and resident of Plaridel, Bulacan while the victim was Jenny Rose Manila, 25, domestic helper and resident of Taal Street, Malate, Manila.

Initial investigation showed that prior to the incident, the victim received calls from Cabrera inviting her to have dinner at a convenience store along San Andres corner Tuazon Street, Malate, Manila at around 7:33 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Police said the victim went out of her house and walked along San Andres Street and met the suspect in front of a computer shop.

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage showed that the suspect grabbed the victim’s shoulder while they were in front of a jeepney but the victim resisted.

Cabrera pulled out his firearm and shot the victim several times in her body causing her instantaneous death. After the shooting, the suspect quickly left the area.

As of press time, Cabrera remains at large.

According to Manila’s workmates, Cabrera sent flowers and chocolates to the victim on Valentine’s Day but she refused to receive them. (Erma Edera)

Call center agent arrested for shop lifting

A 19-year-old call center agent who allegedly stole about P3,000 worth of clothing from a department store, was arrested in Mandaluyong City Thursday.

Police identified the suspect as Jahnna Paula Zapanta of Barangay San Juan, Taytay City, Rizal.

Investigation showed that at around 8:45 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, security guard Alan Abiday, 30, of SM Megamall noticed Zapanta roaming around the shopping mall suspiciously.

Sensing that Zapanta may be up to something, Abiday followed and observed the movements of the girl, police said.

While inside the men’s wear section of the mall’s department store, police said Abiday saw Zapanta took pieces of clothing from the rack and hid them inside her shoulder bag.

The security guard, on the other hand, continued to observe and follow her up to the second floor where Zapanta again took a few pieces of folded clothes and placed the items inside her eco-bag, police said.

When Abiday noticed that Zapanta was on her way to the exit, the guard placed her under arrest and recovered in her possession assorted pieces of clothing with a total value of P3,247.

Zapanta is now detained at the Mandaluyong City Police custodial facility and will face the charge of theft. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)


Quiapo resident arrested in Sta. Cruz for illegal possession

A 43-year-old man was arrested for illegal possession of drugs during a drug sting in Sta. Cruz Manila on Friday evening

Police identified the suspect as Thong Usay, 43, male, married, electrician and resident of Globo de Oro Golden Mosque, Barangay 384, Zone 39 Quiapo, Manila

Investigation showed that elements of Meisic Police Station conducted a buy-bust operation against the suspect along F. Torres Street corner C.M. Recto Avenue, Sta. Cruz, Manila at around 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 15.

Recovered from the suspect were 14 pieces of suspected shabu and P500 used as buy-bust money.

The pieces of evidence recovered were forwarded to Manila Police District (MPD) Crime Laboratory for examination.

The suspect was brought to Binondo Police Station for temporary detention.

A case for Violation of Sections 5 and 11 of Article II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act is being prepared for filing before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office against Usay. (Erma Edera)

Driver shot dead  in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City

A 30-year-old driver was shot dead by a still unidentified gunman while onboard his tricycle in Quezon City on Friday morning.

Superintendent Joel Villanueva, chief of Quezon City Police Station 6, identified the victim as Wilson De Guzman, a resident of Barangay Pasong Tamo, Quezon City.

According to a witness, he was inside their house a few meters away from the crime scene at Capas Street near corner AFP Street in Barangay Holy Spirit at around 5:40 a.m.

Minutes later, he heard two gunshots prompting him to cover and hide.

He saw De Guzman slumped bloodied on the ground when he looked outside through a window.

Initial investigation showed that De Guzman was onboard his tricycle with plate number UZ8-200 and body markings Luzon Toda 631 when the unknown gunman shot him.

De Guzman died on the spot due to bullet wounds on the head and the right side of his body.

Police have yet to determine the motive behind the incident as follow-up investigations are still underway. (Alexandria San Juan)

Grade 9 pupil caught with marijuana

Seven sachets of dried marijuana leaves were turned over by a school security guard to the police after it was confiscated from a Grade 9 student who hid it in between pages of his notebook in Quezon City over the week.

Quezon City Police Station 4 commander, Superintendent Rossel Cejas, said they already talk with the school personnel and suggested that the student undergo counseling.

Based on the initial police report, the student’s classmate actually saw the sachets of dried marijuana leaves clipped in his notebook during class hours on Thursday.

This prompted him to report the incident to the duty guard and teachers who confiscated the evidence and turned it over to authorities the following day.

According to Cejas, the sample of seized illegal drugs was already brought to the crime laboratory for examination.

He added that the minor student admitted to the school counselor that he was using marijuana.

Police are now tracking down the source of the drug for possible follow-up operation as further investigation is ongoing. (Alexandria San Juan)

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