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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (April 23, 2019)


Man in Marikina’s illegal drugs watchlist shot to death

A man included in the city police’s illegal drug watchlist was shot dead by men riding-in-tandem in Marikina City Monday evening.

Police Colonel Redrico Maranan, Marikina City Police chief, identified the fatality as Alfredo Gamana alias “Onyok,” 36, single, of Barangay Parang, Marikina City.

“He (Gamana) was included in the illegal drug watchlist of the station based on the background investigation we have conducted,” Maranan told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Tuesday.

“He was also allegedly involved in several robbery cases in the area,” the police chief added.

Initial investigation showed that around 8 p.m. Monday, Gamana was riding his bicycle along a dark portion of Tanguille Street near the corner of Balagtas Street in Barangay Fortune, Marikina City.

Thereafter, two men armed with a short firearm drove past Gamana and fired shots at him.

Gamana sustained multiple bullet wounds in different parts of his body that led to his death, police said.

The still unidentified suspects quickly fled the scene towards Lower Tanguille Street.

Probers recovered 12 fired cartridge cases of still undetermined caliber of firearm, two deformed slug, and a live ammunition.

An ice pick tucked in Gamana’s waist was also found, which according to Maranan, was connected to the alleged involvement of the victim in robbery incidents in the area.

It will be a challenge for the probers to identify the gunmen since there was no close-circuit television camera installed near the crime scene.

Investigation is ongoing. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Massage therapist in hot water for trying to molest live-in partner’s sister

A 60-year-old masseur was arrested after allegedly molesting the sister of his live-in-partner inside his own therapy center in Parañaque City, police reported Tuesday.

The suspect was identified by police as Julio Sun, a massage therapist and owner of Dorn Method Therapy Center. He is now under the custody of the Parañaque City Police.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at Sun’s therapy center in Doña Soledad, Barangay Don Bosco on Friday at around 12:40 p.m.

The report showed that he tried to take advantage of the 19-year-old victim who came to the therapy center just to bring him lunch.

According to police, after the suspect had his lunch he told the victim that he will be massaging her since she was suffering from scoliosis. The victim agreed and took off her clothes to wear a robe.

Sun then told the victim to lie on her back on the massage table, and this was when the suspect removed his pants and started to touch the victim in the different parts of her body, police said.

They added that the victim tried to get up but was pushed back despite her pleas for the suspect to stop.

But investigators said Sun was relentless and continued to molest the victim, until she was able to break free by kicking the suspect.

She immediately told her mother and brother about the incident but they were not able to report it immediately because of their concern about the victim’s sister who is pregnant.

They soon reported it to police on Sunday which led to the suspect’s arrest. He will be facing charges in violation of RA 8353 or The Anti-Rape Law of 1997. (Dhel Nazario)

Woman accidentally shoots policeman-husband, house guest

A woman reportedly shot her husband, a policeman, and another woman accidentally in Quezon City, just minutes after a strong earthquake struck Monday afternoon.

Police identified the suspect as Angeline Flora, 27, of Barangay Pasong Putik, Quezon City.

While her husband Patrolman Wilson Pepito, assigned at Police Community Precinct-3 in Caloocan City; and Janet Macahilig, 37, housekeeper, are now recovering at the Tala Hospital in Caloocan City.

Initial investigation showed that at around 5:30 p.m. Monday, minutes after a 6.1 earthquake shook Metro Manila, Flora, Pepito, Macahilig, and a certain Marilyn were having a drinking session and celebrating the 34th birthday of the police officer at their rented house in Barangay Pasong Putik.

During the celebration, Flora, who was drunk, took the .9mm caliber service firearm of Pepito, police said.

Then a scuffle between the couple ensued. Macahilig also tried to pacify the situation but Flora accidentally fired the gun.

The bullet hit the patrolman in his right waist first before piercing through him and hitting Macahilig in her stomach, police said.

Probers recovered the gun loaded with nine live ammunition inside the couple’s bedroom, and an empty shell.

Police said Flora may face a case of frustrated homicide. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

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