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Man shot dead outside his house in Caloocan

A man was gunned down by unidentified men outside his house at Barangay 178, Camarin, Caloocan City on Monday evening.

Police identified the victim as Richard Victoria, 43, construction worker.

According to a report, Victoria was waiting for his son to come home while his wife, Julie, was inside the house before the incident.

Police said at about 9 p.m., Julie heard successive gunshots outside their house.

Upon checking, she saw her husband dead on the ground with several gunshot wounds on the head.

Investigators have yet to determine the motive behind the killing.

Follow up operation is ongoing for the identification and arrest of the suspects. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Cop arrested for extortion in Manila

A police officer from the Northern Police District (NPD) was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly extorting “parking fees” from truck drivers in Tondo, Manila.

The suspect was identified as Patrolman Arnel Pastrana Agustin, 35, resident of Tondo district, and assigned at NPD Traffic Enforcement Unit.

He was nabbed along Road 10 when members of the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) arrived at the area for clearing operation past 7 a.m.

According to Police Corporal Jed Magat, Rico Aleon—one of the truck drivers situated in front of Manila North Harbor— told them that their colleague already went there to collect protection money to allow them to stay in the area. The suspect allegedly got mad when he was given P50, saying the amount was not “in” anymore; but he later accepted it.

Coincidentally, Magat and his companion, Police Corporal John Patrick Caranguian, chanced upon Agustin clad in police uniform as he had not left the premises yet.

When they quizzed him why he was there, Agustin said he was just urinating and then he suddenly ran away.

Moments later, the traffic enforcers were able to corner and apprehend him.

They also recovered an unregistered caliber 45 with eight bullets and a butterfly knife.

It was learned that the suspect had been a subject of several extortion complaints lodged at the Manila Police District (MPD).

On-case investigator Police Staff Sergeant Kaiser Mijares of MPD General Assignment and Investigation Section (GAIS) said the suspect was previously dismissed from service but was reinstated in 2013.

He has been introducing himself as a member of the Manila’s Finest since he started his illegal activity at least three years ago.

He was also on-duty when he committed the latest incident, Mijares added.

“[We will charge him with] usurpation of authority, robbery extortion, and illegal possession of firearms in relation to Omnibus Election Code… We will also refer him for administrative cases,” Mijares said.

Meanwhile, MPD chief Police Brigadier General Vicente Danao, Jr. issued advice to the erring police.

“Don’t post bail or don’t go out yet while I am here. It will be better if you stay in prison and help there.”

He also vowed to go after his people who will be caught doing the same thing.

“This is just a sample. I will not allow that for P50, the [image of the] whole MPD will be destroyed…the salary of police has already been increased. So, it is shameful [to have this kind of story]. It is the time of change now,” Danao said. (Ria Fernandez)


Live in couple nabbed in buy-bust op

A live-in couple was arrested by police in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City Tuesday morning.

Police identified the suspects as Ronnie Espiritu alias “Rambo,” 26; and live-in partner Marvelyn Paje alias “Juday,” 20, both residents of Barangay Tumana, Marikina City.

Investigation showed that at around 2 a.m. Tuesday, members of the Marikina City Police conducted a sting operation against the couple along Ampalaya Street in Barangay Tumana, Marikina City.

The alleged drug peddlers, who were both unemployed, were arrested shortly after handing over a sachet of suspected shabu worth P300 to an undercover cop, police said.

Prior to their arrest, police said a confidential report from a tipster claimed that Espiritu and Paje allegedly sold drugs in Barangay Tumana.

Recovered from the suspects were two sachets of suspect shabu and the marked money.

A case for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againts the couple, police said. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)


P340,000 worth of illegal drugs seized in buy-bust op in QC

At least P340,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized by the police from eight drug suspects including a 16-year-old boy during a buy-bust in Novaliches, Quezon City Monday night.

Quezon City Police Station 4 (PS-4) chief, Police Lt. Col. Rossel Cejas, identified the arrested suspects as Orly Sandagon, 38, Mary Ann Espina, 22, Jernel Devera, 24, Eden Bulanadi, 36, Ricardo Espina, 20, Jay-ar Bulanadi, and Rommel Delacruz, 21.

The group’s minor companion was also rescued during the bust.

According to the police, De Vera and Sandagon were jailed for drug cases before they were released on 2016 and 2017, respectively.

It was also found out that the duo engaged again in illegal drug peddling prompting officers of PS-4 Drug Enforcement Unit to conduct a drug sting against them.

An undercover police posed as a buyer and transacted with the group inside an apartment at Malvar Street in Barangay San Agustin around 9:30 p.m. resulting in their arrest.

Confiscated from them were 15 sealed sachets and two opened sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of P340,000, several aluminum foil strips with traces of shabu, some drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, while the minor was turned over to the City Social Services and Development Department for proper intervention. (Alexandria San Juan)

Suspect in hit and run incident in Pasig released after posting bail

The self-confessed suspect in the hit-and-run incident in Pasig City last week was released from jail after posting bail on Monday, a police official said Tuesday.

Adrian Russel King Carlos was detained after his voluntary surrender to Pasig City Police on March 29.

He was charged the next day before the Pasig City Prosecutors’ Office for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide, serious physical injury and damage to property.

“We released Carlos from our custody on Monday at around 5:55 p.m. after posting a bail of P60,000,” P/Col. Rizalito Gapas, Pasig City Police chief, told the Manila Bulletin.

This was also confirmed by Pelagio Lawrence Cuison, legal counsel of Carlos, in a text message.

Carlos, a 29-year-old farm manager, confessed and took “full responsibility” in a hit-and-run accident on March 26 where he allegedly hit the motorcycle of Mark Joseph Belen and live-in partner Rosanna Ugto.

The accident rested to Belen sustaining a fractured leg while Rossana was comatosed for days at Amang Rodriguez Medical Center in Marikina City prior to her death on March 29.

A day after Rossana died, Belen posted his sentiments regarding the incident and vowed to seek justice against the suspect. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

P11.5 M worth of shabu seized in buy bust ops by PDEA in Manila within a week

At least P11.5 million worth of “shabu” were seized in a series of drug busts operated by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-National Capital Region (PDEA-NCR) in Manila within a week.

The latest stash was confiscated by joint elements of PDEA and Manila Police District (MPD) during a buy-bust along Regemio Street corner Rizal Avenue in Sta. Cruz at around 7 p.m. on Apr. 1.

Two hundred grams of shabu with an estimated street-value of P1.36 million were recovered from Abel Buisan, 40, and resident of BASECO Compound.

Last Mar. 27, authorities also netted 500 grams of illegal drugs worth around P3.4 million worth from three women at the third level of parking lot of SM Centerpoint in Sta. Mesa.

The suspects were identified as Mary Jane Bayan, 23; Elaine Carba, 22; and Lara Medina, 28.

Moreover, operatives also retrieved a kilo of “shabu” from Maymay Sing, 26, of Taguig City while in front of CCP Bay Terminal in Malate district Tuesday last week.

The standard price of the contraband was pegged at P6.8 million.

All suspects were charged with violation of Section 5 under Article II of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

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