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Man, son-in-law gunned down in Tondo

A man and his son-in-law, both linked to illegal drug activities, were shot dead by a lone gunman along Laurel corner Coral Streets in Barangay 119, Zone 9, Tondo, Manila, Monday evening.

Police identified the fatalities as Jun Aguilar, 51, a barangay maintenance personnel; and John Carbin Madayag, 26, a student.

Madayag was shot in the head at close range by the still unidentified suspect past 9 p.m.

Moments later, the suspect proceeded to the house of the victim’s father-in-law and fired his weapon several times at Aguilar.

The two were rushed to the hospital but they did not survive.

Authorities recovered two caliber .45 guns with live ammunition and five fired cartridge shells of the same type of firearm from the crime scene.

Prior to the incident, the police report said that two men who said they were agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) visited Barangay Chairperson Ariel Piorada to ask information about the victims.

Additionally, investigators learned that the former partner of Madayag’s wife, Annabel Ferrer, was also slain in April 2018 due to drug connections. (Ria Fernandez)

Antipolo City sets traffic rerouting for ‘Alay Lakad’

The city government of Antipolo will implement a traffic re- routing plan on Holy Thursday and Good Friday in anticipation of the large number of people  expected to visit the city as part of the observance of “Alay Lakad,” an annual Holy week tradition.

Some roads in the Poblacion area will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to give way to the event.

All vehicles from the Licos Park going to the Marcos Highway shall take the Circumferential Road, turn right to Sumulong Highway, and turn right again to Olalia Road.

Light vehicles bound for Manila may take the M.L. Quezon Extension going to Angono via Mahabang Parang and Sitio Labahan.

On the other hand, motorists coming from Manila bound for Antipolo, Teresa, and Tanay may also take Cabrera and Marigman Road via Cainta and Taytay Rizal.

The Ortigas Avenue Extension from Kay Tikling area will be closed to traffic.

The existing route for jeepneys and UV Express units from Licos Park to Pinagmisahan Street and Taktak Road will also be suspended on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Only private vehicles will be allowed to pass through Taktak Road on Good Friday.

Antipolo City is known as the Pilgrimage Capital of the country. The local government said that it has created an incident management team composed of various sectors to ensure security and medical assistance during the Holy Week.

Additional public bus units will also be deployed in strategic locations in the city to help transport the devotees who will participate in Alay Lakad.

Those who will need assistance may contact the emergency hotline number of the Antipolo City government at (02) 689-4576 and 0927-7559-911. (Madelynne Dominguez)

Chinese national dies after jumping off the 5th floor of JRMMC

A male Chinese national died after falling from the fifth floor of a public hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila early Tuesday.

P/MSgt. Jorlan Taluban, on-case investigator, said the fatality was Qiu Shaojie, about 36 to 40 years old. He was allegedly the suspect in the killing of his girlfriend and her brother earlier.

Roving barangay watchmen saw him attempting to slash his forearms using an unidentified material past 3 a.m. along Rizal Avenue corner Remigio Street in Sta. Cruz district.

Thereafter, he was brought to Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

However, while he was at the emergency room, he ran and went up to the building’s terrace at the fifth floor.

From there, he jumped off the building, but instead of hitting the ground he fell on a scaffolding installed at the hospital’s façade.

The doctor pronounced him dead at 6:58 a.m.

Prior to his taking his life, Shaojie and his girlfriend, only known as Ivy, had a heated argument at the latter’s unit at Gaisano Tower Monday night.

“The female Chinese victim wanted to call it quits with the suspect,” said P/MSgt. Jansen Rey San Pedro, who was handling the investigation for that incident.

San Pedro said Shaojie apparently did not agree with Ivy’s decision, which led him to shoot her as well as her brother in the head.

The blood-soaked bodies of the victims were discovered at around 12:30 a.m. by Shirong Huang, a business partner of Ivy.

Huang told the police that Ivy told him about the fight.

When he reviewed the closed-circuit television (CCTV) recording with the authorities, he positively identified Shaojie as the suspect.

San Pedro said they were still determining the real identities of the victims. (Ria Fernandez)

Enhanced security results to drug arrest

The tight security among transport terminals for the Holy Week resulted in the arrest of a 22-year-old man after yielding a sachet of dried marijuana leaves and some drug paraphernalia while about to enter a station of the Ligh Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) in Cubao, Quezon City on Monday afternoon.

Police Lt. Col. Giovanni Calliao, chief of Quezon City Police Station 7, identified the suspect as Aaron Barreda, 22, a resident of Roxas Street, Sampaloc, Manila.

Police report showed Barreda was about to enter the South Entrance gate of LRT-2 Araneta Center-Cubao Terminal Station around 5:25 p.m.

According to duty security guard Roberto Agoot, he was checking the bag of Barreda when he spotted a plastic sachet containing suspected dried marijuana leaves and two glass tubes with traces of burnt dried leaves.

Agoot immediately reported the incident to personnel of PS-7 who brought the suspect to the police station for further investigation.

Authorities were able to seize from the suspect pieces of evidence including the sachet of dried marijuana leaves and the glass tubes resulting in his arrest.

Barreda is now under police custody and was charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Prior to Barreda’s arrest, two other suspects were arrested in Quezon City this month after being caught in possession of illegal drugs while about to board the train. (Alexandria San Juan)


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