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5 dead, 3 injured in Laguna kidnapping shootout

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Crime scene where four suspected kidnap-for-ransom group were dead on the spot after an encounter with authorities on Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Nicolas San Pablo Laguna.

LAGUNA, Philippines — Four suspected members of a kidnap-for-ransom group were dead on the spot after an encounter with authorities on Maharlika Highway in Barangay San Nicolas San Pablo Laguna at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Three policemen from Candelaria Police Station were injured while one policewoman, identified as P01 Ma. Zarah Jane Andal, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

A by-stander was also rushed to the hospital after being hit by a stray bullet during the encounter.

According to initial investigation, the suspects were about to conduct a pay-off for their kidnap victim, Ronaldo Arquelles, who was abducted from his residence on Monday night.

The suspects however, sensed the approaching police vehicle and started to open fire; prompting the operatives to fire back.

The kidnap victim is in critical condition. He was found to be included on the drug watch list and is considered a high-value target.

Investigation on the encounter is currently ongoing. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue

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Police nab mother-and-son drug pushers in Laguna

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, June 21st, 2018


LAGUNA, Philippines – Following months of surveillance, authorities nabbed Salve Gogolin and her son Richard, in a drug buy-bust operation Wednesday night, June 20, in Barangay Pansol, Calamba, Laguna.

Aside from the two, police also arrested on site three individuals in the act of trading illegal drugs. They were identified as John Lexter Leonen , Joy Magnaye and Zaida Pagsaligan.

“Ang target po ng aming buy-bust operation ay magina na nagtutulak ng iligal na droga , dati na silang target ng aming himpilan four months ago dahil nainvolved sila sa shooting incident ng isang pulis,” said PSupt. Redentor Ulsano, Chief of Calamba Police.

Authorities recovered from the suspects six packets of suspected shabu and the P500 marked money.

PSupt. Ulsano said Salve admitted she was forced into illegal drug trading due to poverty.

“Maari halos lahat naman ng naiinvolved sa iligal na droga ay jobless tingin nila madaling kumita ng pera sa iligal na droga. Iyon nga lang iyong pahamak na pedeng silang mahuli anytime ay andun sa kanila,” he explained.

The suspects are now detained at Calamba detention facility while further investigation is ongoing. – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo

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Train runs over drunken man asleep on railway track

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Torn remains of Elezardy Espinosa

LAGUNA, Philippines  — An overly drunk man had his limbs torn from his body after a train ran over his sleeping form on the middle of the track in San Pedro, Laguna, Monday night, May 14.

The victim was identified as 45-year old Elezardy Espinosa.

According to residents nearby, Espinosa was highly intoxicated with alcohol when he fell asleep on the railway track of the Philippine National Railways.

He was hit by a train bound for Cabuyao. The management of the PNR has yet to comment on the incident. —Sherwin Culubong  | UNTV News & Rescue

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CIDG nabs 2 suspected ISIS members in Laguna

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, April 27th, 2018

SUSPECTED ISIS: (L-R) Eddie Boy Alejo Bermejo aka Abdullah, Jimuel Velasco aka Amir

MANILA, Philippines — Two alleged members of the terrorist group, ISIS Suyuful Khilafa Fil Luzon were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-NCR , Thursday at dawn in two separate raids in Cabuyao and Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

They were identified as Jimuel Velasco (aka Amir) and Eddie Boy Alejo Bermejo (aka Abdullah).

Authorities confiscated from their possession several firearms, ammunition and a fragmentation hand grenade. Police also seized what appeared to be an ISIS flag.

The two are facing charges for violation of Republic Act (R.A.) 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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