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

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019   •   431

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.)

QCPD to probe claims NDFP consultant was one of two males found dead in Novaliches

Robie de Guzman   •   August 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Monday said it is now trying to ascertain the true identity of one of the two male persons who were earlier found dead in Novaliches, Quezon City.

The victims were initially identified by police as Manuel Santiago and Louie Tagapia.

This runs contrary to claim of the Anakpawis and other militant groups that one of the victims is Anakpawis chairperson and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randall Echanis.

QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo said the two individuals’ identities were verified through identification cards found in their apartment and the landlord’s statement.

“Manuel Santiago talaga ang pagkakilala sa kanya ng may-ari eh. Tinanong namin na ‘May nagsasabi ngayon na ito si Randy, ano ba ‘yun, Echanis’. Sabi niya, ‘Ay hindi, kasi ang pakilala n’yan sa akin nung umupa dito…” nag-issue nga s’ya ng statement na Manuel talaga ‘yun,” he said.

Montejo said it is open to coordinating with Anakpawis and the victims’ kin to confirm their identities.

“’Yung mga kamag-anak n’ya, ini-encourage din natin na pumunta sa CIDU para mag-issue ng statement, eh wala pa rin dumating kaya hangga’t wala pa doon muna kami sa na-recover na ID at sinabi ng may-ari ng bahay,” he said.

Currently, police investigators are looking at robbery and personal grudges as possible motives for the killing as one of the victims, Tagapia, was found to have sported a Sputnik Gang tattoo.

“Unang tinitingnan natin ay ‘yung mga modus ng akyat-bahay… Baka kakilala n’ya, hindi rin natin masabi, baka nagising ito,” Montejo said.

“Isa rin sa tinitingnan natin ay ‘yung si Louie Tagapia, may tattoo na Sputnik gang. Kalalabas lang din pala nito, ang kaso ay illegal drugs, parang personal grudge sa kanya,” he added.

Montejo also asked parties not to instantly accuse police of being behind the slay of the victims.

“Malayo eh kasi wala namang pulis na pumapatay na saksak eh, anong ginagawa n’ya sa baril n’ya? Lalapitan pa n’ya eh di lalo s’yang delikado,” he said.

He also clarified earlier reports that the incident was a result of police operation as there was no coordination made from any QCPD unit. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

15 QC cops relieved from posts after Chinese detainees’ escape

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Wednesday said it has ordered 15 of its police officers to be relieved from their posts after six Chinese detainees escaped from their detention facility at Camp Caringal while under their watch.

QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo ordered the relief of the said policemen assigned to the District Mobile Force Battalion for alleged violation of Article 224 of the Revised Penal Code or evasion through negligence.

Montejo said the police officers were also disarmed while the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group conducts an investigation into the incident.

Chinese nationals identified as Zhang Yi Xin, Ludong Jin, Song Qicheng, Lu Yinliang, Huang Yong Qiao, and Chen Bin bolted their detention facility on the night of June 22.

The six Chinese nationals were earlier arrested for syndicated estafa charges.

They were later traced and rearrested along Barangay Krus na Ligas in Quezon City on Tuesday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Cop who shot ex-soldier may face administrative, criminal charges – QCPD

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A police officer who shot dead a retired soldier, believed to have been suffering from mental issues, during an altercation at a checkpoint may face criminal and administrative charges, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said.

QCPD director Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo said the police trainee, identified as Police Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo, is now being investigated for his action in the incident.

In a video that went viral on social media, a man can be heard arguing with police officers manning a checkpoint along Maligaya Drive in Barangay Pasong Putik in Quezon City. The incident occurred on Tuesday, April 21 at around 2 p.m.

The man was later identified as Winston Ragos, a former military officer who retired from service after he was diagnosed with a mental disorder. Earlier reports said that he was last assigned in the field during the Marawi siege.

The footage also showed Florendo pointing a gun at Ragos while other law enforcers asked him to surrender to authorities.

Ragos, however, did not heed their call, and instead faced the police officer and acted as if he was drawing something from his sling bag.

Montejo said Ragos’ action have prompted Florendo to shoot him twice.

The victim was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

Based on initial investigation, Montejo said Ragos allegedly cussed at the policemen manning the checkpoint after he was told to head home for supposedly violating the enhanced community quarantine protocol.

Montejo said that based on initial information, it appears that Florendo only made a judgment call during the incident when Ragos acted to draw something from his bag.

Police claimed that Ragos was carrying a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber hand gun from his sling bag.

“Masasabi kasi nating ‘judgement call’ yung naging aksyon ng ating pulis laban sa suspek na armado din ng baril kaya nagawa niyang paputukan,” Montejo said.

Witnesses and the family of Ragos, however, claimed the victim was not armed during the confrontation.

With these conflicting claims, Montejo said an investigation is now being conducted on the case.

Florendo has surrendered his service firearm as he undergoes administrative probe.

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa has expressed sympathy to the bereaved family of Ragos, and assured a thorough investigation into the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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