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Man wanted for murder nabbed in Pasig

A man wanted for murder was arrested by operatives of Eastern Police District (EPD) at his house in Pasig City Wednesday.

In a report of P/MAJ Darwin Guerrero, EPD Special Operations Unit chief, to EPD Director P/BGEN Christopher Tambungan, the suspect was identified as 37-year-old Jerry Perez of Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

Perez was nabbed by the virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Hon. Judge Maria Cheryl Laqui-Ceguera, presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 268 in Pasig City, on Jan. 10, 2019.

Investigation revealed that around 9:45 p.m. of Jan. 26, 2017 along S. Reyes Street, Villa Miguela Subdivision in Barangay Pinagbuhatan Pasig City, witness Willy Sarce, the stay-in worker of the nearby garment factory, heard successive gunshots.

Police said when Sarce opened the gate of their factory to check, he saw the bloodied victim who was later identified as Ramil Escalante Jr. He was shot to death by identified gunmen.

It was through continuous follow-up operation, with the aid of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footages, and the cooperation of the residents of Villa Miguela Subdivision that the identities of the four suspects, including Perez, were established, police said.

They were seen arguing with the victim prior to the killing, the police added.

Perez was turned-over to Pasig City Police Station for proper disposition. (Dhel Nazario)

18-year-old woman arrested after she stealing paint brushes and mounting tapes from a hardware store

An 18-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly stole multiple paint brushes and mounting tapes from a hardware store inside a mall in Mandaluyong City Thursday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Mary Rose Bautista, single, of Baseco, Port Area, Manila.

Investigation showed that at around 1:50 p.m. Thursday, Bautista, posing as a customer, entered ACE Hardware located at the second floor of SM Light Mall in Barangay Barangka Ilaya, Mandaluyong City.

Bautista, who is unemployed, then took eight paint brushes and six mounting tapes with a total value of P4,656.25 from the display rack of the hardware store and secretly hid the items in her waist, police said.

She then casually walked towards the exit, but security guard Jaime Mendones Jr stopped and brought her to the security office where they recovered the stolen items from her waist. She also failed to present any proof of purchase for the items, police said.

Bautista is now detained at the Mandaluyong City Police detention cell. (Dhel Nazario)

Woman died after aborting her own baby herself in Manila

A 23-year-old woman died after she allegedly conducted a self-induced abortion inside her hotel room in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Thursday evening.

Investigation revealed that the fatality checked in at AJ Star Hotel at 3:15 p.m.

But six hours later, she called the front desk to ask for help.

When the hotel staff rushed to her room, she still managed to open the door before collapsing to the ground.

The victim was immediately brought to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center for treatment but she later died.

Witnesses said there were splotches of blood inside the victim’s hotel room.

They also found a fetus, about six months old, floating on the toilet bowl.

Various drugs, which are commonly used in abortion, such as 21 tablets of methylergometrine, two tablets of Cytotec, six capsules of amoxicillin antibiotic, and six tablets of paracetamol were recovered as evidence, according to Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide Section chief Police Capt. Henry Navarro.

Further investigation is ongoing. (Ria Fernandez)

Two men nabbed by police in buy-bust op, seized P50,000 worth of shabu

Police nabbed two drug suspects and seized almost P50, 000 worth of suspected “shabu” during a buy-bust operation in San Andres Bukid early Friday morning.

An undercover agent successfully purchased illegal drugs, leading to the arrest of the duo along Radium Street at Barangay 775, Zone 84 at about 3 a.m.

The suspects, who are both under the drug watch list, were identified as Rogelio Campus alias “Roger”, 47; and John Ezekiel Sanita alias “Zek”, 23.

Five sachets of suspected “shabu” weighing 7.18 grams and with street-value of P48, 000 were confiscated.

An unregistered caliber 38 revolver with six pieces of live ammunition were also recovered.

The suspects are now under the custody of Manila Police District (MPD) Station 6, facing cases in violation of Sections 5 and 11 under Article II of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and RA 10591 for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. (Ria Fernandez)


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