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Motorcyle rider dead after road mishap

A motorcycle rider died when he lost control of his bike and crashed to a concrete pole in Marikina City Wednesday night, police said Thursday.

Police identified the fatality as John James Calandria, 29, single, of Barangay Barangka, Marikina City.

His backrider, 21-year-old Albert Monis, student, of Barangay Barangka, was injured and now confined at Marikina Valley Hospital.

Initial investigation showed that at around 10:27 p.m. Wednesday, the two men were traversing along A. Bonifacio Avenue in Barangay Sto. Dela Peña, Marikina City, when the motorcycle, driven by Calandria, lost control and crashed to a concrete pole.

The victims, both sustained multiple injuries, were rushed to the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center.

Unfortunately, Calandria was declared dead-on-arrival by the attending physician at around 10:40 p.m.

Police Corporal Kenneth Joy Mercado, case investigator, said that a single helmet was recovered in the scene. But he suspects the helmet was not worn by any of the riders.

“According to the findings of the hospital, the victims were not under the influence of liquor,” Mercado said.

Vehicular accidents usually occur in the area due to high-speed motorists and the curved structure of road, he added. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Fire razes furniture factory in San Juan, 1 firefighter injured

A fire volunteer was injured and about P11 million worth of property was destroyed in a fire that razed a furniture factory in San Juan City Wednesday night, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Thursday.

San Juan City BFP led by Fire Supt. Nelfa Cabrera-Lehnhert said that 24-year-old fire volunteer Angelito Juan sustained a laceration on his right hand.

Initial investigation showed that at around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, a fire broke out at the furniture factory owned by Aida Simtoco located at #23 RJ Fernandez Street, Barangay Kabayanan, San Juan City.

The fire, that reached third alarm, originated at the ground floor of the two-story building, the BFP said.

A total of eight firetrucks and 71 fire volunteers helped combat the fire that was declared fire out at around 7:30 p.m. with estimated damage of more or less P11,305,000, the BFP added.

Arson investigators are still yet to determine the cause of the fire. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

P30,000 worth of illegal drugs seized in Marikina

About P30,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized from a couple who were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Wednesday.

Police identified the suspects as Jhef Gonzales, 34, and his 25-year-old live-in partner Kristel Elizabeth Paganpan. Both are residents of Barangay Tumana, Marikina City.

Investigation showed that at around 5 p.m. Wednesday, policemen launched a sting operation against the couple along J. Del Rosario Street in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City.

Operatives of the Station Drug Enforcement and Intelligence units arrested the duo shortly after handing over a sachet of illegal drugs worth P500 to an undercover cop, police said.

Recovered from the suspects were a total of 21 sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P30,000, a digital weighing scale, a pouch, and the marked money.

The Marikina City Police Station said it received a report from an informant that a certain Jeff and Angel—later identified as Gonzales and Paganpan—were allegedly involved in illegal drug peddling.

Police said they are now detained and facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

68 year old man dead after being ran over by a trailer truck in Caloocan

A 68-year-old man onboard a motorcycle was killed after a trailer truck ran over him in Caloocan City on Wednesday afternoon.

Caloocan City Station Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Unit identified the fatality as Benito Rosario, and the truck driver as Ronnel Malolos, 26, both residents of the said city.

Investigation showed that the incident happened near the corner of Tuna Street along C-3 Road, Caloocan City at around 12 noon.

The report added that Rosario and Malolos were both heading towards A. Mabini Street when Rosario lost control of his motorcycle.

Malolos, who was driving beside the victim, ran over Rosario’s head and body as the latter fell on the pavement that killed him instantly.

The victim was brought to Eusebio Funeral Parlor.

A case for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide is being prepared against Malolos. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Barangay watcher included in PDEA narco-list gunned down in Manila

A barangay kagawad who was included in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency narco-list was gunned down by police while his three cohorts were arrested in Manila yesterday morning.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Elwin Del Rosario identified him as Ronnie Labongray Jr., kagawad of Barangay 561 in Sampaloc, Manila. He was rushed to Ospital ng Maynila but he was declared dead on arrival after he sustained gunshot wounds on his body.

On the other hand, Del Rosario identified Rosario’s cohorts as Ronelyn Labongray, Alfredo Joanino, and Jeffrey Gallaron.

According to Del Rosario, Labongray and the three alleged drug suspects are connected to Manila Police District ninja cops PO2 Jolly Aliangan who is currently detained at the Manila City Jail and PO2 Joel Padre Juan, who died during a shooting incident at Sampaloc, Manila in 2018.

Investigation showed that elements of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NRCPO) and Sampaloc Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an operation implemented by Search Warrant No.  19-29300 issued by Judge Marivic Balisi- Umali of Manila Regional Trial Court, Branch 20.

However, the implementation resulted to an armed encounter between the suspects and police operatives at around 9:40 a.m. on March 28 along Palanca Street, Quiapo Manila.

The three other suspects were also arrested by police after they were caught having a pot session and for illegal possession of drugs. It was also learned that they are members of a notorious criminal gang engaged in drug trafficking activities operating in the cities of Manila and Quezon.

Recovered from the suspects were one .45 caliber handgun, sachets of shabu weighing 300 grams with an estimated street value of P3 million and other drug paraphernalia.

It was also learned that Labongray was arrested on 2017 in Manila for violating Section 5 under Article II of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 but he was released on 2018 after the case was dismissed. (Erma Edera)

Tricycle driver being linked to illegal drugs and firearms shot dead by cops after resisting arrest

A tricycle driver who is being linked to the sale of illegal drugs and firearms was killed by police after he allegedly resisted arrest in his house in San Miguel, Manila early Thursday morning, police said.

The suspect, identified as Jabir Malawi Ampuan, 30, was the subject of a search warrant served by elements of Manila Police District (MPD).

He was shot dead by the authorities for allegedly trying to oppose a lawful apprehension at his residence at 116, Maliwanag Street, Barangay 648, Zone 67 at around 3:30 a.m.

Items recovered in his possession included an Uzi Shooters 9 mm loaded with 10 live ammunition and an MK2 fragmentation grenade.

Police also seized a sachet of “shabu” from him.

It was learned that the suspect is involved in the business of illegal drugs and weapons. (Ria Fernandez)

Old man perishes in Makati fire

A senior citizen perished in a one-hour residential fire in Makati City on Thursday.

The fatality was identified as Benefico Medina, 80. The boarders attempted to rescue him but were unable to due to the thick smoke coming from the room where he was in.

Meanwhile, one fire volunteer identified as Ryan Turing of the Pasay Fire Bureau experienced difficulty in breathing after the hair shifted its direction towards the firemen.

The fire started at around 12:2 in the afternoon at the second floor of a house owned by the Medina and Mercado Family at 6654 Taylo corner VIllar Streets in Barangay Pio Del Pilar, Makati City.

The blaze of still unknown origin, reached the second alarm and quickly spread to four adjacent houses made of highly combustible materials.

The fire was put out at around 1:41 in the afternoon. Damage to property was pegged at P200,000. (Dhel Nazario)

Woman in critical condition after being shot in Taguig

A woman remains in critical condition after she was shot by an unidentified gunman in Taguig City late Wednesday night.

Police identified her as Jennifer Abaya, 26, a resident of Barangay Katuparan, Taguig City.

Police Colonel Alexander Santos, Taguig city police chief, said Abaya sustained gunshot wounds in her head.

Due to her medical condition, no information has been obtained by the authorities from her yet, Santos said.

Investigation disclosed that Abaya was shot by a still unidentified man along Pangilinan Street in New Lower Bicutan, Taguig City at around 11:00 p.m.

The suspect immediately fled towards unknown direction after firing at Abaya.

A concerned citizen from the area immediately brought Abaya to the hospital.

Meanwhile, authorities are still investigating which gun was used in the incident.

A follow-up operation is ongoing to identify and arrest the suspect and to figure out the motive for the shooting. (Michelle Guillang)

Six individuals nabbed in drug sting  op in Pasay

Six individuals, including five women, were arrested during a drug sting inside a house in Pasay City early Wednesday morning.

Seventeen sachets of suspected shabu were retrieved by the elements of the Station Drug Enforcement Unit of the Pasay city police following the operation.

Police Major Wilfredo Sangel, station investigation section chief, identified the arrested as Josefina Silva, 59; Richard Flores, 43; sisters Charmaine Ugdoracion, 29 and Champaine Ugdoracion, 24; Armina Mae Delfin, 25; and Maricel Yamat, 21. All residents of Barangay 14, Pasay City.

Investigation revealed that a buy-bust operation was conducted inside the house of the four suspects – Silva, Flores, and the Ugdoracion sisters – along Estrella Street in Barangay 14 at around 2:10 a.m.

The operatives immediately apprehended the six after an undercover agent was able to purchase P500 worth of shabu from them.

Apart from the several sachets of suspected shabu, police also seized some drug paraphernalia and the P500 buy-bust money from their possession.

Meanwhile, the estimated market value of the recovered shabu has yet to be determined, authorities said.

The confiscated sachets of illegal drugs were submitted to PNP Crime Laboratory Office for qualitative and quantitative examination.

They are now under police custody and were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Michelle Guillang)


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