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Two brothers nabbed in buy-bust op in San Juan

Two brothers, who allegedly are notorious drug peddlers, were arrested by police in a buy-bust operation in San Juan City on Holy Wednesday.

San Juan City Police chief PCOL Ariel Fulo identified the suspects as Arnaldo Gallardo, 55; and Arnel Gallardo, 50, who are both residents of M. Salvador Street, Barangay San Perfecto, San Juan City.

“The siblings were notorious drug peddlers who were responsible in the proliferation of drugs in their barangay and other barangays in the city,” Fulo said in a report.

The sting stemmed from a tip that the Gallardo brothers continued their illegal drug peddling activities despite surrendering to the Philippine National Police’s Oplan Tokhang, the police chief said.

He added that the brothers were placed under close police surveillance for a week prior to their arrest shortly after handing over a sachet of illegal drugs worth P500 to an undercover cop.

Recovered from them were a total of 10 sachets of suspected shabu.

Fulo said they are now detained and will be charged for violating Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Marilao police looking into case of QC cop abducted at ATM booth

Police are now investigating the case of a Quezon City cop, who was abducted by still unidentified assailants while withdrawing money from an automated teller machine (ATM) in Marilao, Bulacan over the week.

Police Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director said a parallel probe is now being conducted with Marilao Police Station on the abduction of Police Corporal Glenn Stuart Manila, 36, a resident of Barangay San Jose, Caloocan City.

Manila entered the police service in 2008 and is presently assigned to the Warrant and Subpoena Section of QCPD Batasan Police Station (PS-6).

A report from Marilao Police showed that personnel of Barangay Loma de Gato turned over to them an abandoned red Yamaha MXI motorcycle recovered near a supermarket around 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

Further investigation revealed that the motorcycle is owned by Manila’s wife, Jenelyn, who told the police that it was her husband who last used the motorbike.

Based on a closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage reviewed by the police, Manila was seen withdrawing money from an ATM booth where the motorcycle was found around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Minutes later, a group of men alighted from two white vans and seized Manila.

Investigation is still ongoing to identify and establish the motive of the suspects. (Alexandria San Juan)

‘Bahala na gang’ member shot dead in Manila

A suspected member of “Bahala Na Gang” was gunned down in Malate, Manila, police said Thursday.

Police said the still unidentified victim was walking on A. Mabini Street corner Pres. Quirino Avenue on Wednesday when a lone gunman shot him at around 1:50 a.m.

A concerned citizen rushed the victim to Ospital ng Maynila but he died the following day after sustaining several gunshot wounds on his body.

The police described him as around 35 to 40 years old, 5’6 to 5’7 tall and has tattoos on different parts of his body.

Meanwhile, the gunman fled towards Taft Avenue in Manila after the incident.

The victim did not have any identification card with him when he was attacked.

Police said a resident in the area noticed the victim’s face as a gang member. (Erma Edera)

Burglar arrested by police in Marikina

Thinking that most of the people in the neighborhood went on vacation this Holy Week, an alleged burglar tried to rob a house in Marikina City on Good Friday.

Alex De Guzman, 41, was apprehended by policemen after he was spotted checking a house in Barangay Parang, Marikina around 1:30 a.m.

Little did he know, a resident reported him to cops as he was seen roaming the neighborhood.

Marikina police were told by the concerned citizen that a “suspicious-looking” man was checking a house in their neighborhood.

After a few minutes, a group of policemen went to the area and saw De Guzman peeking inside the house by using a flashlight to check what’s inside.

The cops called his attention. But instead of talking to the policemen, he quickly ran away.

De Guzman was captured after a short chase.

When the suspect was frisked, police found a knife, three screwdrivers, and an adjustable wrench.

De Guzman is now held at the Marikina police headquarters’ detention cell. (Jel Santos)

Suspect in slay of 12-yr-old girl found dead in Navotas City

A 39-year-old man, who was suspected of molesting and killing a 12-year-old girl, was found dead inside his room in Navotas City on Thursday morning.

P/Col. Rolando Balasabas, Navotas City police chief, said that Dennis Pascual was found dead hanging from the ceiling with a rope and a noose tied around his neck.

Balasabas said Pascual may have taken his own life after he allegedly molested and killed a 12-year-old girl earlier.

Balasabas added the girl died from two stab wounds in the chest.

He said that the suspect allegedly molested the victim inside her house where she was left alone at around 5 a.m. by her parents for work.

According to the Navotas police chief, Pascual was a tenant of the suspect’s father.

Investigation showed that a certain Marcelo, the victim’s neighbor, peeked through the hole of the victim’s house after he heard the girl shouting and asking for help.

Marcelo told the police that he saw the suspect, who was only wearing underwear, forcing the victim, who was then already covered with blood, to take off her clothes. This prompted him to call the authorities.

The police immediately responded to the incident and barged into the victim’s house where they found the girl unconscious. She was later declared dead.

The police also found Pascual already dead in his room.

A 10-inch long kitchen knife and a stone covered with blood were recovered from the scene.

Balasabas said that they are still waiting for the result of the autopsy for more details of the incident. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Former MILF member, 3 others, nabbed in Paco buy-bust

A former member of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and three others were nabbed in a drug bust operation of Manila Police in Paco, Manila early Thursday morning.

Police identified the suspects as Mohammad Guro Muslimen, 32, a native of Marawi City, and former MNLF member; Sign Marray, 23; Francis Sta. Brigada, 38; and Michael Aljay Juan, 33.

Investigation showed that they were arrested after a police poseur buyer successfully purchased six small sachets of “shabu” amounting to P500 from them along Pedro Gil Street near the corner of Felix Street past 3 a.m. on April 18.

Aside from the illegal drugs, authorities also seized a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) card under the name of Jalalodin Ronda Pansar but bearing Muslimen’s photo.

They also recovered six receipts of money transfer transactions, totaling P63, 701, sent to a certain Nasbia Guro Pinto.

The four suspects are now detained at Pandacan Police Station, facing charges in relation to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Ria Fernandez)

Man drowns in Navotas on Maundy Thursday

A 26-year-old man drowned while he was on a visit in Sitio Pulo, Barangay Tanza, Navotas City on Thursday.

Police identified the victim as Eddieboy Rico, jobless, resident of Barangay Catmon, Malabon City.

According to a witness Nelson Garcia, 25, he was with Rico when they had a drinking spree with other friends until they decided to go swimming at about 1:30 p.m.

A few minutes later, Garcia noticed Rico flailing in the water and asking for help. When Garcia approached his friend, he was already unconscious.

Garcia asked for help from his other friends to bring Rico to the shoreline.

The victim was then brought to the Navotas City Hospital for medical treatment, but he was pronounced dead at about 3:10 p.m.

Rico’s body was brought to Eusebio Funeral Homes for autopsy examination. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

Woman nabbed for selling bullets to cop in Caloocan

A 31-year-old woman was arrested after selling bullets to an undercover policeman in Barangay 120, Caloocan City on Wednesday evening.

Police identified the suspect as Joan Gonzales, a resident of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija.

Joint elements of the Northern Police District-Special Operations Unit (NPD-DSOU) and the Caloocan City Police Station conducted the sting on 2nd avenue in Caloocan at about 8:30 p.m.

Investigation showed that Gonzales was arrested after a poseur buyer bought 10 pieces of live ammunition of unknown caliber from her.

Upon frisking, two sachets of suspected shabu were also recovered from the suspect.

The seized pieces of evidence and Gonzales were brought to the NPD-DSOU for proper disposition.

The suspect will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act and Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Klaudia Tiangco)

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