QC police nabs 3 suspects, seize P1.4-M worth of marijuana

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019   •   138

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has arrested three individuals suspected of selling dried marijuana leaves on Thursday night.

Police identified the suspects as John Paulo Flores, Ryan Erpelo and Kees Van Paul Lorenzo.

The QCPD said the operation was conducted after they received information that the three suspects were selling illegal drugs on social media.

After validating the report, a buy-bust operation was launched against the suspects along Susana Road in Barangay Novaliches Proper in Novaliches at past 8 p.m.

Police seized from the suspects two bricks and dried marijuana leaves worth P240,000.

A follow-up operation on Friday yielded 12 kilos of marijuana leaves worth P1.4 million inside a vehicle along Maximo Street in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Novaliches after one of the suspects confessed to probers and surrendered the remaining stocks at his house.

“Gusto niya na wala ng madamay… So ninais na niyang i-surrender ‘yung mga natitira na items sa kaniyang possession,” QCPD station 10 commander Lt. Col. Louise Benjie Tremor said.

Police said the confiscated illegal drugs were turned over to the QCPD Crime Laboratory Office.

The suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DPOS demolishes front pillars of QCPD Traffic Sector 2 building in Novaliches

Maris Federez   •   September 23, 2019

The Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) on Monday (September 23) demolished the portion of the façade of the Traffic Sector 2 building of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in Novaliches, as its two pillars have occupied the sidewalk and are causing obstruction.

DPOS personnel said they are not exempting anyone in their clearing operations.

The structure was erected in 2007 and was not obstructing pedestrian traffic then, but the city’s road-widening project has affected the area which caused the two pillars of the building to occupy the sidewalk.

The QCPD personnel also helped in the demolition of the said pillars.

“Kailangan po nating sundin ang utos ng ating minamahal na Pangulo [We need to abide by the directive of our dear President],” Col. Colenrico Vargas, QCPD Deputy District Director for Operation, said.

DPOS assured that the Quezon City District Engineer office has checked the integrity of the building to ensure that it will not collapse and is still safe to use even with the removal of the two front pillars of the building.

“Ire- remove po natin from ground to hanggang doon po sa roofline. Ok naman po iyong structural napag- aralan na po namin hindi naman po maapektuhan iyong whole structure [We will remove from ground to the roofline. We have studied the structural pattern and we noted that (the demolition) will not affect the whole structure],” Engr. Ronnie Remo of the Quezon City District 5 Engineering office said. (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Police rule out terrorism in QC resto blast

Robie de Guzman   •   July 11, 2019

The blast that rocked a Korean restaurant in Quezon City early Thursday morning was not a terror attack, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said.

Police said an explosive went off at past 12:00 a.m. in front of a Korean restaurant in Scout Tuazon Street, Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City.

Authorities said no one was hurt in the incident, but two vehicles parked nearby sustained damages.

The explosion alarmed many residents in the area.

“May biglang sumabog diyan, may narinig kaming napakalakas na pagsabog. Pero wala naman kaming nakita na kahina-hinalang tao o ano man. Wala namang sasakyang umalis. Pero daanan talaga ‘yan. May mga dumadaan diyan,” said Lebanan Picardal who mans a consumer outpost near the blast site.

A police report cited witnesses who said a man wearing denim pants and a black shirt passed by and placed a suspicious item in the the area several moments before the explosion went off.

“Mayroon tayong witness na nagsasabi na casually na naglakad ‘yung ating suspek na lalaki,” said Police Lt. Col. Louise Benjie Tremor, commander of QCPD Kamuning Police Station.

“Siguro ‘yung kaniyang edad nasa 30 years old pataas siya at estimated na height ay 5’6” in height at iyon po ‘yung tinitingnan natin na nakasuot po siya ng black na t-shirt at maong,” Tremor added.

Although investigation is still ongoing, the QCPD has ruled out terrorism because the blast occurred while the restaurant was closed.

“Ina-assure natin sa publiko po na hindi ito terror attack na nangyari. So, kasi itong pinangyarihan naman, lahat nitong establishments at ‘yung mga adjacent establishment ay closed na sila,” Tremor said.

Authorities are yet to determine the possible motive and the suspect behind the incident. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

7 nabbed in separate Quezon City drug bust ops

Robie de Guzman   •   June 13, 2019

(left-right) Drug suspects arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted in Luzon Avenue and Tandang Sora

Seven individuals suspected of dealing drugs, including a police asset and a pregnant woman, were arrested in separate buy-bust operations conducted in Quezon City on Thursday morning.

In an operation launched in Luzon Avenue in Pasong Tamo around 2 a.m., members of the Quezon City Police District nabbed two drug suspects who were former detainees charged with drug selling and possession. They were both released from jail last June 6.

Two others, including a five-month pregnant woman, were also arrested at the scene.

Seized from them were 10 grams of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P68,000, a weighing scale and other drug paraphernalia.

Shortly after the said operation in Luzon avenue, authorities then swooped in on another area in the corners of Tandang Sora and Congressional Avenue extension which yielded the arrest of three individuals.

The suspects include a police asset who helped police in a previous drug buy-bust operation.

Seized from them were several plastic sachets of suspected shabu.

All suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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