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Construction worker gunned down in Caloocan

A construction worker who was sleeping on a sidewalk at Barangay 8 in Caloocan City was gunned down Tuesday morning.

Police identified the victim as Celso Ortega, 28, resident of Catmon, Malabon City; and the suspect as Rodolfo Solon Maniego, Jr., resident of Bisig ng Nayon, Barangay 4, Caloocan City.

According to a report, Ortega was sleeping on the sidewalk at about 8:05 a.m., when Maniego walked past him and shot him once on the head before fleeing.

Ortega was rushed to Caloocan City Medical Center, but was declared dead-on-arrival at about 9:08 a.m.

Investigators have yet to determine the motive behind the killing.

Maniego, who remains at-large, will be facing charges for murder, police said.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the suspect’s arrest. (Minka Tiangco)

Young man arrested for staging hold-up, shooting minor in Valenzuela

A young man was arrested while two of his cohorts evaded arrest after staging a hold-up and shooting a 13-year-old boy at Karuhatan in Valenzuela City Wednesday past midnight.

Police identified the victim as “Justine,” 13; and the arrested suspect as Mark Anthony Jugan, 18, resident of Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.

Jugan’s cohorts, identified by the police as Mark Lester Gregorio and Mang Natz, remain at-large.

Investigation showed that Justine and his cousins were hanging out in the area at about 1:30 a.m. when chaos broke out after bystanders said someone was held up by the suspects.

Justine then asked for help from the adults in the area while the bystanders chased down the suspects, who tried to flee on a black Yamaha Mio Sporty motorcycle.

One of the suspects then opened fire and hit Justine on his right thigh. He was rushed to Valenzuela Medical Center for treatment.

Later, Jugan was arrested by barangay officials. He was then turned over to the Valenzuela City Police Station.

The suspects will be facing charges for robbery with hold-up and reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries.

Follow-up operation is ongoing for the arrest of Jugan’s cohorts. (Minka Tiangco)

Cops hunt two hold-up suspects in QC

Police are now hunting two hold-up suspects who tried to rob a ride-sharing driver and injured a police personnel with a stray bullet in front of a lotto outlet in Quezon City Tuesday night.

Probers of Quezon City Police District’s Masambong Police Station (PS-2) said the two robbers, on board a motorcycle, are yet to be identified as further investigation is ongoing.

According to victim Virgilo Albar, 50, he was paying his bet at a lotto outlet on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Felipe Street in Barangay Paraiso at about 7 p.m. when the armed men appeared.

Albar, a Grab driver, said one of the men suddenly pointed a gun at him and declared the heist.

However, the victim resisted and fought back to the robbers resulting in a scuffle prompting one of them to fire the gun.

The suspects failed to take Albar’s belongings and immediately boarded their getaway motorcycle and escaped.

Meanwhile, the bullet fired by the suspects hit the right leg of 27-year-old Rexcek Caldina, a non-uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police, who was just passing by the area.

Barangay officers immediately brought Caldina to Quezon City General Hospital for treatment.

A follow-up investigation is underway to identify and locate the robbers. (Alexandria San Juan)

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