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School janitor tagged as most wanted man of EPD arrested 

A school janitor, tagged as the top most wanted man of Eastern Police District (EPD) for allegedly raping his mentally-ill neighbor in 2017, was arrested in Antipolo City, Rizal province on Monday night.

EPD director Brig. Gen. Christopher Tambungan said Joselito Santillan was nabbed at his live in-partner’s house in Barangay San Jose, Antipolo, Rizal at around 6:25 p.m.

Santillan, a former village watchman, is the number one most wanted person of the EPD, Tambungan said.

Members of the District Special Operations and Intelligence Units implemented the warrant of arrest against the suspect after weeks of surveillance.

The operation was in coordination with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the Police Regional Office 4A.

Hon. Judge Maria Gracia Cadiz-Casaclang of Regional Trial Court Branch 155 in Pasig City issued the warrant against the 44-year-old school janitor on Jan. 22, 2018.

Court records showed that Santillan was accused of raping his 22-year-old neighbor, who reportedly suffers from mental illness.

The rape allegedly happened inside a makeshift house near the victim’s residence in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City in 2017.

“He would rape the victim whenever her guardian was not around,” Police Major Darwin Guerrero, District Special Operations Unit chief, told the Manila Bulletin.

The victim’s guardian eventually discovered the crime and filed charges against the suspect. After his warrant was issued by the court, Santillan then went into hiding, Guerrero furthered.

The district operations chief added the arrest was made possible after they have received information from a tipster who told them that Santillan took refuge at his live-in partner’s house in Antipolo. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Tricycle driver injured after being shot in Muntinlupa

A tricycle driver was injured after he was shot by a still unidentified suspect while driving on his way home on Monday in Muntinlupa City.

The victim was identified as Jefrey Cruz, 36. Cruz is currently recovering from his injury at the Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 6 in the morning along Wawa Street, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Police said that the victim was just driving his tricycle on his way home when suddenly an unidentified suspect who was waiting for him appeared and shot him once.

As a result, Cruz was hit on the right portion of his chest. A concerned citizen and another tricycle driver brought him to the Ospital ng Muntinlupa for medical treatment.

Police investigators went to the hospital to interview the victim in order to identify the suspect but Cruz does not recognize the suspect.

A follow-up investigation was conducted to gather information from the first responders but the same yielded a negative result.

An inquiry by police to the Station Drug Enforcement Unit ( SDEU) showed personal records of the victim that found him listed on the Drug Watch List of Muntinlupa Police Station. (Dhel Nazario)

1,097 college graduates in Navotas receive P1,500 cash incentive 

At least 1,097 college graduates in Navotas City received P1,500 cash incentive each as part of the local government’s initiative to drive its children to pursue their studies.

City Ordinance 2019-03, which was passed early this year, grants cash to fresh graduates of elementary, senior high school, and college public schools in the city, starting the school year 2018-2019.

Under the said ordinance, elementary graduates will receive P500, senior high school graduates will receive P1,000, while college graduates will receive P1,500.

During the distribution at the Navotas City Sports Complex last week, Mayor-elect Toby Tiangco handed out the cash incentives to the graduates of Navotas Polytechnic College.

Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo, who was also present at the event, said that the passing of the ordinance aims to “encourage students to finish their studies and achieve more in life.”

Geronimo added that the city government is also ready to extend support to fresh college graduates for their pre-employment needs.

At least 6,098 remaining graduate students of public elementary and high schools in the city are yet to receive the said incentive.

Former account manager of a real estate development firm arrested for extortion

A former account manager of a real estate developer firm was arrested by the police after extorting more than half a million pesos cash from his previous company which he threatened to report for its alleged violations.

Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., said the suspect identified as Tommy Villanueva, 49, a resident of Nova Proper, Novaliches, was nabbed in an entrapment operation conducted by the District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) on Monday.

A police report from DSOU under Lt. Col. Gil Torralba showed that complainant Recson Land Ventures and Realty Development Corporation, represented by its president, Charles Matta, sought help from authorities against the suspect.

According to the complainant, they initially gave P400,000 last April to Villanueva which he demanded in exchange of not reporting the alleged violation of the company to regulations of the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Not content with the money, the suspect asked again for an additional P150,000 from the complainants prompting them to report the incident to the police.

Members of the DSOU conducted an entrapment operation against the suspect inside Recson Building at Scout Fuentebella in Barangay Laging Handa around 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

Upon receiving the money, police officers immediately arrested the suspect and brought to the station for investigation.

A case for violation of Article 293 of Revised Penal Code (RPC) or Robbery Extortion was charged against the suspect who is now under police custody. (Alexandria San Juan)

P20,000 worth of shabu and ammunition seized from 6 suspects in Navotas

Police seized around P20,000 worth of suspected shabu and several pieces of firearms ammunition from six alleged drug personalities in Navotas City on Monday evening.

The Northern Police District (NPD) arrested Arturo Asis, 34; Albert Villareal, 34; Edward Palonpon, 23; Miriam Raval, 40; Rebecca Ragas, 65; and Lennie Potaso, 48, all residents of Navotas City.

Investigation showed that members of the NPD Special Operation Unit (SOU) conducted a sting against Asis for alleged selling of unlicensed firearms ammunition at Market 3 in Barangay North Bay Boulevard North at around 10 p.m.

After the transaction with a police poseur buyer, Asis was immediately arrested and yielded five pieces of 12 Gauge Shotgun ammunition and two sachets of suspected shabu.

Meanwhile, the five other suspects, who were at the area during the operation, were also arrested after they yielded a total of nine sachets of suspected shabu when they were frisked.

The six arrested suspects were then brought to police custody for proper disposition. (Joseph Almer Pedrajas)

Conman swindles P12 million from businessman

An African national was apprehended in Makati City on Monday night after he swindled P12 million from an owner of a construction company.

Major Gideon Ines Jr., Makati Police Investigation Department chief, identified the suspect as Serge Michael, 35.

Rodel Salac, the victim, arrested the suspect while they were inside a hotel in Makati City. He met the alleged swindler there to pay P500, 000 in exchange for the chemical that will wash the “black dollar” that he sold to him.

After conducting citizen arrest, he turned over Michael to the Makati Police Station where he is now detained.

“He has been transacting with the African national for more than a year now. This is a black dollar scam or wash-wash scam, ” Ines said.

The Makati Police Investigation Department chief said that the black dollar scam is a way of conmen to fraudulently get money from rich victims by persuading them to buy “black money.” They tell victims that the “black money” is real money and were only dyed to avoid detection by authorities.

Con artists also sell chemical that would allegedly be used to wash the “black dollar.”

Michael promised the Salac that he would get a lot of money once the “black dollar” was washed with the special chemical that he was also selling. He was told that his P12 million investment will be P250 million in no time.

Scammers lure people by promising them a fast and big profit, Ines warned the public.

“If it is too good to be true, it is a scam. Always be vigilant and do not quickly entrust your money to anyone,” he said. (Jel Santos)

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