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5 dead, 3 injured in Laguna kidnapping shootout

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 12:13 PM

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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7 cops arrested over alleged kidnapping for ransom

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 March 2019 02:22 PM

File photo: Police officers during a flag ceremony at the PNP headquarters

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has nabbed seven police officers on Wednesday at Camp Bagong Diwa for the crime of kidnapping for ransom.

The arrested officers are:

  • Police SSgt Joel Lupig
  • Police Corporal Vener Gunalao
  • Police Corporal Jayson Arellano
  • Patrolman Jeffrey De Leon
  • Patrolman Mark Jeffreson Fulgencio
  • Patrolman Raymart Gomez
  • Patrolman Erickson Rivera

They have been slapped with charges of kidnapping for ransom with serious illegal detention, and an administrative case of grave misconduct for attempting to extort money from the relative of a detained suspect.

The accused, who were at the time assigned at Las Piñas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (LPCPS-SDEU), attempted to extort money from Shelane Lugutan on November 21, 2018. This is in exchange for the release of her brother, Cyrus Wency Lugutan, who was arrested during an alleged anti-illegal drugs operation.

Lugutan immediately reported the incident which prompted authorities to immediately conduct an entrapment operation. The suspects eluded the arrest but surrendered on November 29, 2018.

The PNP sees the arrest as a strong positive impact of the ongoing PNP campaign on internal cleansing. —Aileen Cerrudo

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3 child kidnapping suspects arrested in Metro Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:38 AM

MARIKINA, Philippines – An old woman has been arrested after attempting to kidnap a minor in Jesus dela Peña, Marikina City on Monday. Meanwhile, two men were also arrested for reportedly attempting to kidnap children in Quezon City.

The CCTV in the area caught 70-year-old Gloria Payos approaching several kids playing in an alley who refused to go with her.

She then approached a young girl eating outside their house and pulled her by the hand. The child’s parents immediately saw what happened and prevented the attempt.

“Hinawakan niya po ‘yung kamay ng anak ko tapos pilit niya po sinasama pero bigla pong tumakbo; pumiglas po ‘yung anak ko,” according to one of her parents.

(She took my daughter’s hand and forced her to come with her; my daughter tried to free herself.)

Payos quickly left the scene but again, attempted another kidnapping in another area.

The parents reported the incident to the police resulting in the arrest of the suspect.

“Tamang-tama na dumaan din ‘yung mobile natin doon sa kalye na ‘yon, tinawag po ‘nung isang mother nung biktima kaya ang ginawa ng mga tao natin, mga pulis natin, dinala muna sa barangay,” according to Commander of Police Community Precinct 5 Marikina City Psupt. Mauro Gerrero.

(It is proper timing that our mobile was plying that same street. One of the victims’ mothers called out, so our policemen took the suspect to the barangay.)

Meanwhile, two men suspected of kidnapping children in Quezon City were brought to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

They were identified as Danilo Bacabis and Bonifacio Lababo, both are residents of Quezon City.

Witness of the incident verified the kidnapping attempt of the two suspects.

“Iyon nga po, nakita nga daw po niya iyan na nakasumbrero, naka-shades, tapos dala po iyang gitara. Inaalok po siya; bibigyan siya ng maraming coins at tsaka maraming chocolates,” another parent said.

(They saw him wearing a hat and shades while carrying his guitar. He offered the children coins and chocolates.)

“Kasama niya po ‘yung kapatid niya anim na taon. May van na nakaabang. Nakatakbo lang sila magkapatid kaya hindi sila nakuha,” another parent said.

(He was with his six-year-old sibling. There was a van nearby. They were able to run so they were not caught.)

The suspects said they were only in the neighborhood to busk for donations and that they were only forced to admit to the crime.

“Inamin ko lang iyon para tigilan nila ako sa pananakit sa akin,” Lababo said.

(I only admitted it so they will stop hurting me.)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will thoroughly investigate the incident and is currently in custody of the suspects who are facing Attempted Abduction in relation to Republic Act 7610.

“Sa ngayon, walang batang nawawala. Pero doon kasi sa incident kanina, nakuha niya ’yung bata, nakaalis lang at nakapiglas So, ni-report siya ngayon, kinuyog na siya ng mga tao doon. Dinala sa barangay, ina-identify ngayon ng bata,” according to Regional Director of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) PDIR. Guillermo Eleazar.

(There are currently no missing children. But during the incident earlier, she was able to kidnap one child but that child was able to escape. Residents ganged up on her and also filed a report against her. She was brought to the barangay and the child was able to identify her.) –Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.

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DOH: Suspected MERS-CoV patient from Laguna tests negative

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 February 2019 09:09 PM

Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus that emerged in 2012 | Credit: NIAID

(UPDATED) A male Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia who was rushed to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Wednesday over suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), has tested negative for the disease, the Department of Health said.

The RITM released the results of the laboratory tests conducted on the patient around 7 P.M. Wednesday, according to DOH Region 4A Director Eduardo Janairo.

The patient was instead diagnosed with pneumonia, Janairo said, and his condition is currently being monitored and treated.

“Nandoon pa siya sa RITM. Doon muna inoobserbahan, malaman natin progreso ng kaniyang sakit, kung mag-detoriorate o hindi. Pero at least ang ating diagnostic, hindi na MERS-CoV. Ninerbyos lang tayo diyan kasi nga galing sa Saudi, sa Riyadh since Feb. 10. May mga record na may MERS-CoV sa area na yun,” Janairo explained.

“Sa ngayon, wala ng dapat ipangamba kasi negative naman yung kaniyang viral infection. Ang hinahanap natin ngayon, ano ang cause ng pneumonia at ubo niya o fever. Kailangan malaman natin yun,” Janairo added.

MERS is a viral respiratory infection caused by a novel CoronaVirus (CoV). Its symptoms may range from mild to severe fever, cough, chills, vomiting or diarrhea and shortness of breath. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

The patient was first rushed to the Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on February 19 after complaining of coughs and high fever but was transferred to the RITM in Muntinlupa City for further analysis and observation.

The emergency room of the Laguna Doctors Hospital has also been opened to patients after it was temporarily closed on Wednesday for general disinfection. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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