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City hall employee shot by unidentified robbers in Taguig City

A city hall employee along with his live-in partner were killed after they were shot by two alleged robbers inside their store in Taguig City on Monday night.

The victims were identified by police as Marlo Landreza, 54; and Girlie Gacer, 49; both residents of Maharlika Road, Barangay Upper Bicutan, Taguig City.

Investigation showed that the incident occurred at around 9:10 in the evening at the Ukay Ukay and Variety Store at Block 141, Lot 14, Maharlika Road, Barangay Upper Bicutan Taguig City.

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage from the barangay showed two men coming from Sitio Imelda Street going to the store of the two victims. Minutes later, they were seen scampering towards Sitio Imelda Street again.

Police said that the victims were shot by the two unidentified suspects which resulted to their immediate death.

They also discovered that the sling of Gacer was missing. Police saw in the footage one of the suspects carrying a black sling bag. (Dhel Nazario)

Intel director arrested for grave threat

The director for intelligence investigation presidential anti-corruption commission was arrested by the police after a complaint of grave threat was filed against him by a security guard Monday afternoon in Taguig City.

 

Police identified the suspect as Mariano Jose Villafuerte III,56 and a resident of 262 San Rafael Street Malacanang Complex San Miguel Manila.

 

The victim was identified as Raul Raet, a security guard at the Fort Bonifacio Global City.

 

Investigation showed that Villafuerte was arrested at about 4:01 p.m. in front of St. Lukes Medical Canter along Medical Arts Building Driveway, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

 

The police said that prior to the arrest of Villafuerte, he engaged in an argument with Raet. Villafuerte immediately drew his firearm and poked it to the victim.

 

Raet, after Villafuerte left him, proceeded to their detachment office and reported the incident to his superior that prompted them to call for police assistance resulting to the arrest of the suspect.

 

Police recovered from Villafuerte one .9mm caliber pistol, 19 pieces of full metal ammunition, 29 pieces of hollow point ammunition, 3 pieces magazines for .9mm caliber pistol, and other pertinent documents.

Villafuerte will face charges for violating RA 10591 and for posing as a grave threat. (Jean Fernando)

Two anti-drug cops arrested after ‘robbing’ a man in Pasig City

Two anti-drug police officers and their asset were arrested by their colleagues after they allegedly robbed a man and took his P850 cash and his wedding ring in Pasig City on Monday night.

Pasig City Police chief Col. Rizalito Gapas identified the suspects as Police Corporal Roy Duman-ag, 27; and Patrolman Arsenio Velardo, 29; They were both assigned at the Pasig City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit.

The asset, on the other hand, was identified as Janus Francisco, 36.

National Capital Region Police Office chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar said authorities have received a report of a robbery hold up incident in Barangay San Miguel, Pasig City on Monday night.

Prior to the incident, Eleazar narrated that victim Robert Tamondong, 28, was pointed by Francisco as someone being involved with illegal drug activities.

The two policemen then went to the area where they confronted Tamondong and brought him to a makeshift hut, Eleazar said.

The cops then took his cash and his wedding ring before letting him go, he added.

Past midnight on Tuesday, Tamondong then filed a report detailing the incident and the description of the suspects.

A follow-up operation was then launched that led to the arrest of the trio. Tomandong positively identified the police officers and the asset who allegedly robbed him, a police report showed.

The erring cops are already in service for over five to six years, Gapas said.

Recovered from the suspects were two loaded Caliber .9mm pistols, a swiss knife and the silver wedding ring of Tamondong, a police report showed.

“These police officers were not assigned to a legitimate police operation at that time,” Eleazar said.

According to the Metro Manila top cop, the erring policemen were looking for someone to victimize, and through the use of their asset, they would take their victim’s money.

“This is what we consider as an instance where [erring policemen] look for an opportunity to profit from our campaign against illegal drugs,” Eleazar said.

The police officers, who both cried when an enraged Eleazar confronted them, denied the allegations.

The suspects were slapped with charges of robbery with intimidation, and an administrative case of grave misconduct, Eleazar said.

They are currently detained at Pasig City Police custodial facility. (Jhon Casinas)

Junk shop helper shot dead by drinking buddies

A junk shop helper was shot dead by one of his drinking buddies in Barangay Longos in Malabon City on Sunday evening.

Police identified the victim as Mark Ogaya, 39, resident of the area; while the gunman remains unidentified.

Investigation showed that Ogaya was having a drinking spree with the gunman at the junk shop at about 7:50 p.m.

Moments later, the gunman drew his firearm and shot the victim in his chest and underarm.

Ogaya was rushed to the Ospital ng Malabon but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police Major Aldrin Thompson, assistant Malabon City police chief for operations, said the police have yet to determine the motive behind the killing.

Follow-up investigation is ongoing for the arrest of the gunman as the investigation is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)

P2.5M worth of ‘shabu’ seized in Navotas 

Police seized more than P2.5 million worth of suspected shabu from a woman said to be a live-in partner of a detained alleged drug personality during a buy-bust operation in Navotas City Monday afternoon.

The Northern Police District (NPD) arrested Monalisa Doria, 44, resident of Barangay North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), Navotas City.

Police Corporal Jervi Castro, arresting officer, said that Doria was the live-in partner of a certain Michael, who has been detained at Navotas City Jail for around four years over drug charges.

Castro added that Doria, who had allegedly been receiving drug haul deliveries, used Michael as her contact to other drug personalities.

After several months of surveillance, members of NPD Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted a sting at Doria’s house at around 12 p.m.

Seized from her after the transaction with a police poseur-buyer were five medium-sized plastic bags containing suspected shabu weighing around 382 grams.

Also recovered were two small sachets containing suspected shabu weighing around .29 gram, which were the subject of the operation.

The recovered drugs have a total estimated street value of P2,599,600, police said.

Doria is currently detained at NPD Custodial Facility for proper disposition. (Roy Mabasa)

29 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized from 5 drug suspects in Navotas

Twenty-nine sachets of suspected shabu were seized from five drug suspects in a buy-bust operation at Barangay Tangos South in Navotas City Tuesday.

Arrested were John Rosem Ereño, 25, fisherman; Marlene Santos, 50, jobless; Regina Eugenio, 22, jobless; Michael Angelo Halili, 21, jobless; all residents of the area; and Renato Eugenio, 37, pedicab driver, resident of Barangay Tangos North, Navotas.

Elements of the Navotas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) conducted the sting at about 2:15 a.m.

Investigation showed that the suspects were arrested after a poseur buyer bought a sachet of suspected shabu worth P300 from them.

Retrieved from the suspects were 29 sachets of suspected shabu worth about P8,000, and the P300 marked money.

The seized pieces of evidence were brought to the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory Office at Camp Crame in Quezon City for laboratory examination.

The suspects, who are now under police custody, will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Minka Tiangco)

Former councilor arrested for carnapping

A former councilor of Sasmuan town in Pampanga wanted for carnapping through “rent-tangay” modus was arrested by the police in Quezon City on Tuesday.

Presented in a press conference at the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) was suspect Glendy Nacu, 39, of Barangay Sto. Tomas in the municipality of Sasmuan.

Nacu’s arrest stemmed from complaints of “Maria,” 52, of Antipolo City, and Gina Macaya, 55, of Valenzuela City, who reported to QCPD’s Talipapa Police Station (PS-3) the alleged carnapping incident of the suspect.

The two women also revealed that Nacu has a pending warrant of arrest for carnapping after he took Maria’s new Mitsubishi Mirage last year.

PCapt. Manuel Dela Cruz of QCPD Anti-Carnapping (ANCAR) Unit said that Nacu’s modus was befriending his target victims first before renting their vehicles and then sell it.

One of the victims, Maria, said she was in denial at first that Nacu could took away her then newly-released car as he was a good friend.

“We became friends in Pampanga for a couple of months only but he’s so good to pretend that he’s kind that’s why I trusted him a lot,” Maria, who refused to reveal her identity, said in an interview.

According to Maria, Nacu borrowed her car in July 2018 and would always update her for the first three days that he was in Bataan to relax and forget all his problems.

But that’s the last time she heard from him prompting her to report the incident to authorities.

Another suspect, Macaya, also revealed that she was victimized by the suspect after Maria.

During a manhunt operation, authorities received information that Nacu was staying at a friend’s house in Quezon City which was verified by members of PS-3 tracker team.

When they spotted Nacu inside a fastfood restaurant at Quirino Highway in Barangay Talipapa, officers immediately served the arrest warrant issued by Judge Ireneo Pangilinan, Jr., presiding judge of Regional Trial Court Third Judicial Region, Branch 58 in Angeles City, Pampanga, with no bail.

The court of origin will be notified on the arrest of the suspect.

Nacu kept mum and refused to comment on the allegations against him.

Police also urged other victims of the suspect to contact them and also file a case against Nacu. (Alexandria San Juan)

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