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16 drug suspects arrested, illegal drugs seized

A total of 16 drug suspects were arrested and about P250,000 worth of illegal drugs were seized by operatives of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in three simultaneous raids in Pasig City Wednesday.

In a report reaching Eastern Police District Thursday, the arrested suspects were identified as Dante Medez, 50; Irish May Agustin, 24; Jil Jimenez, 40; Paolo Villaruel, 36; Jeffrey Villaruel, 45; Michael Laron, 34; Arvin Calpito, 47; Jerry Qolube, 46; Ramon Jimenez, 47; Jommel Quijano, 31; Kevin Quijano, 24; Norma Salik, 38; Mapandi Joharah, 23; Jalil Anowar, 32; Jalil Rasmai, 37; and Elias Mohammad Salih, 20.

Investigation showed that at around 2 p.m. Wednesday, authorities simultaneously implemented three search warrants against Dante Medez, Mark Quijano, and Norma Taba at their houses in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City.

The suspects allegedly use their houses as drug dens for their customers to conduct their illegal drug activity.

Judge Danilo Cruz of Regional Trial Court Branch 152 in Pasig City issued the search warrants against the suspects on April 11.

Recovered were a total of 26 sachets containing about 37 grams of suspected shabu with an estimated value of P251,600.

The suspects are temporarily detained at PDEA National Capital Region detention facility and are facing charges for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Police on the hunt for three people wanted for murder in Manila

Three murder suspects are being hunted by police after killing a 28-year-old man in Balut, Tondo last Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they are looking for Mark Alvin Guinto, 30 to 35 years old, and his two unidentified cohorts.

The three were accused of gunning down Renjie Parohino along Beltran near corner Pinoy Streets at around 3:30 p.m. of Apr. 16.

A recording of closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera retrieved by cops from the Barangay showed that the victim was talking to one of the suspects.

However, the assailant opened fire at him when he was about to board his bicycle to leave.

The bloodied victim fell to the ground while the killer fled on foot to an unknown direction thereafter.

The victim was rushed to the hospital but was later pronounced dead.

Police Corporal Rodel Benitez of the Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide Section said the motive in the killing is yet to be established.

He said they recovered the victim’s cellphone to examine. 

The case is still under investigation. (Ria Fernandez)

20 drug suspects nabbed by police in simultaneous buy-bust ops in QC

At least 20 drug suspects were arrested while 35 sachets of illegal drugs were recovered by the police in its simultaneous buy-bust operations in Quezon City on Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.

First to fall in the hands of La Loma Police Station (PS-1) personnel were Sonny Boy Mallari, 27, and  Raymiel Caballero, 26, who were nabbed in a drug sting on the corner of Mayon and P. Florentino Streets in Brgy. Sta. Teresita around 6:30 a.m., Wednesday.

Seized from the duo were a sachet of shabu, a motorcycle, P100,000 cash, and the buy-bust money.

Members of Masambong Police Station (PS-2) Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) arrested in a buy-bust Gerardo Peñamayor, 43; Jhuniel Inting, 23, and  Andro Martinez in front of a house at Ilocos Sur Street in Brgy. Ramon Magsaysay about 4:10 p.m.

Police said the suspects were newly-identified drug personalities of PS-2.

Recovered from them were six sachets of shabu.

Same operatives also collared Marvin Estrada, 28 and John Genu Merca, 23, in a separate drug sting at Ilocos Norte Street in Brgy. Ramon Magsaysay around 4:45 p.m.

Authorities seized from them five sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P40,000, a sachet of dried marijuana leaves, and some drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, personnel of Anonas Police Station (PS-9) nabbed Bryan Dela Peña, 18, and a 17-year-old female during a buy-bust at the ground floor of a mall in Brgy. U.P. Campus around 4:30 p.m. after yielding seven sachets of shabu.

Also arrested by PS-9 operatives during the Holy Week bust were Dick Paminsan, 55, and Rolly Marquez, 37, inside their house at Block 5, Lot 33, Brgy. U.P. Campus about 8 p.m.

The operation stemmed from a report of a concerned citizen who tipped off the police about the illegal drug activities of the suspects.

When verified, authorities caught the suspects in shabu-sniffing session which resulted in their arrest.

About three hours after, members of Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) SDEU nabbed Joemar Luna, 29; Mark James Aralar, 34; Adrian Salapares, 30; and Raymond Sarial, 30 in a drug sting at Alley 6, Loans Extension in Brgy. Sangandaan.

Police said a concerned citizen reported the illegal drug activities of the suspects who were actually caught sniffing shabu.

Confiscated from the group were four sachets of shabu, four aluminum foil strips with traces of white substance. and a disposable lighter.

At around 12:40 a.m. on Maundy Thursday, operatives of Batasan Police Station (PS-6) arrested Ryan Aytalin, 37, of Caloocan City, during a buy-bust inside a hotel room at North EDSA.

Police said the newly-identified drug suspect of PS-6 yielded two sachets of shabu and a weighing scale.

In Brgy. Holy Spirit, same operatives nabbed im a drug bust Nemesio Apolonio Jr., his brother Mark Anthony Apolonio, and their cohorts Allan Undiana,  27, and Luis Esquillo, 33, at Sta. Catalina Street around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Seized from the suspects were nine sachets of shabu and the buy-bust money.

Further investigation showed that Mark Anthony and Undiana were included in the drug watchlist of the Directorate for Intelligence (DI) of QCPD.

Arrested suspects are now under police custody and were charged with violation of the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, the minor was turned over to City Social Services and Development Department (SSDD) for proper intervention. (Alexandria San Juan)

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