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Suspect in the killing of a Grab driver, surrendered to authorities

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — “Bakit di mo pinagbigyan na mabuhay siya? Ang dami niyang pangarap sa mga anak namin, sa pamilya namin, bakit mo ginawa? Napakawalang puso mo (Why couldn’t you have just let him live? He had so many dreams for our children and our family, how could you do it? You are so heartless),” said Brenda Maquidato, widow of slain Grab driver, Gerardo “Junie” Maquidato Jr., after facing the suspect responsible for her husband’s death.

The victim’s mother, Maximiana Amolato Maquidato, also lamented, “Sabi nga ni Lord magpatawad raw ng 777 times, pero parang di ko yata makuha kahit isa (The Lord said to forgive 777 times, but I don’t think I can do it even once).”

Maquidato was shot by suspect, Narc Delemios last October 26 in Pasay City, when the latter boarded the victim’s car as a Grab passenger.

According to the suspect, he was just supposed to steal money from the victim. However, Maquidato resisted, prompting him to shoot him in the head.

“Hindi ko po alam na siya ay good samaritan. Humihingi po ako ng pasensya pero mahirap na po talagang maibalik. Pera lang po talaga ang gusto kong kuhain sa kanya pero lumaban po siya kaya ko po nagawa yung krimen,” said the suspect.

(I was not aware that he was a good Samaritan. I am asking for forgiveness for what I did. But I know I can never bring back his life. I just wanted his money but he resisted and that’s how I ended up committing the crime.)

Delemios left Maquidato’s dead body in Pasay City, while he brought his Toyota Innova car in Tarlac.

“May two witnesses tayo doon sa pinagbarilan mismo at nakita din yung assailant hinila yung driver pagkabaril at natutuwa pa raw ito bago siya gumalaw. Parang may minutes na nag lull, parang kino contemplate niya paano niya na…bakit nabaril. After that nilaglag niya na lang sa kalye at inalis ang sasakyan” said PSSupt. Dionisio Bartolome.

(We have two witnesses in the area where the shooting happened. The assailant was seen dragging the driver after shooting him and even looking very pleased with it before making a move. There was a lull for several minutes, as if he was contemplating what just happened. After that, he just dropped the victim’s body on the road and drove the car away,” said PSSupt. Dionisio Bartolome.

The suspect also threw into the river the gun he used in killing the Grab driver.

Authorities arrested Delemios in Pasay City after he sent surrender feeler to the police and his mother-in-law.

“‘His whereabouts were also sent to us so there is a semblance of voluntarily surrender that’s why he was immediately arrested by the elements of NCRPO together with CIDG,” said CIDG Director PCSupt. Roel Obusan.

Delemios will face charges of robbery with homicide for robbing and killing Maquidato.

The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group noted that Delemios also has a standing warrant of arrest for a murder case in Parañaque in 2014.— Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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3 suspects in murder of Australian national nabbed in Bulacan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 9th, 2018


After a 24-hour manhunt, PNP-Bulacan has arrested the three suspects in the killing of an Australian national who was stabbed with a kitchen knife in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Guiguinto, Bulacan on Tuesday night (August 7).

The suspects were identified as Joan Canyete, the victim’s live-in partner and alleged mastermind; Canyete’s aunt, Linda Acosta, and construction worker, Romie Soriano who purportedly served as the hitman.

Based on police investigation the 67-year-old victim, Wai Tsang Ming, withdrew P3.5 million to redeem Canyete’s pawned house under the condition that she must vacate it so new residents can move in.

“Ito po ay mukhang sinet up at patayin dahil sa malaking halaga na involve…Dahil sa pera, para narin yung property ay hindi na matuluyan na maibenta,”said Bulacan Provincial Director Pssupt Chito Galvez Bersaluna.

(It looks like a set-up based on the large amount of money involved…and also to prevent the sale of the property.)

Canyete allegedly asked her aunt to look for a hitman to kill the victim.

Acosta, 61, called her niece a liar and urged her to confess to the crime.

“Sa totoo lang, ‘nak huwag kang magsisinungaling. Magsasabi ka anak ng totoo. Ako inosente ako. Dapat di mo ko dinadamay sa ganyan. Napag-utusan mo ako. Ako bilang tiyahin mo, ala akong magagawa kasi parehas tayong naiipit,” Acosta said.

(Don’t lie. Speak the truth. I’m innocent. Don’t drag me into this. You were the one who ordered me. As your aunt I can’t do anything because we’re both under pressure.)

Canyete strongly denied the accusations against her, saying she has no involvement in the killing of the victim.

“Wala po akong alam. Wala pa akong inutusang tao. Di ko po alam. Talk to my lawyer,” she said.

(I don’t know anything. I did not order anyone. Talk to my lawyer.)

Alleged hitman, Romie Soriano, 52, admitted to stabbing the victim in different parts of his body.

He said he only agreed to the crime because of his four children who were sick.

However, he was dismayed after the two failed to pay the agreed P40,000 for the murder.

“Magpapangap lang akong kapatid niya, para matira ko na yung tao. Ito may sabi na P40,000 ibibigay sa akin. Masakit sa loob dahil di maganda ala naman. Joan, umamin ka na sa ginagawa mong kamalian dahil ako nadadamay ako,” Soriano said.

(I was supposed to pretend to be her brother so that I can get to the victim. She promised me P40,000. It hurts because I never got paid and things ended badly. Joan, confess to the crime because I’m being dragged into it.)

The three suspects are currently facing murder charges. Authorities are also investigating Joan’s boyfriend in relation to the killing. — Nestor Torres

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Grab PH implements ‘masking of destination’ policy

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


MANILA, Philippines – Grab Philippines has implemented Friday, April 27, the “masking of destination” feature in its ride-booking system in response to the growing number of complaints against ride cancellation by Grab drivers.

The feature will disable the driver’s option to cancel a ride booking and instead accept the transaction without knowing the passenger’s destination. The new policy covers 25 percent of Grab drivers with lower acceptance rate.

Grab said the measure aims to discipline picky drivers. However, some drivers are complaining against the new policy due to security issues.

“Napakalaking delikado po nito sa aming mga drivers mahalaga po ito sa amin, inaasahan tayo ng ating mga pamilya na naghahanap-buhay tayo na makakauwi din tayo ng safe sa ating bahay,kaya mahalaga po na ang destination na ito ay manatili,” said Vhinz Fernando of the Philippine Solid Grabber.

Meanwhile, Grab member Melissa Redulla, said although they agree with the “masking” policy, they call on their colleagues to religiously adhere with it so as not to affect the entire TNVS Community.

“Iyong masasama at namimihasa sa cancellation sa pag-ignore naapektuhan greatly ang matitinong drivers. Ang initiative na ginawa ng Grab with the masking of destination na hindi natin kinailangang hintayin na maglabas ulit ng order and LTFRB at maapektuhan ang buong miyembro ng TNVS community,” Redulla explained.

Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Member Atty. Aileen Lizada previously told all TNVS groups to give the “masking” feature a chance to know its efficacy. The agency also vows to expedite the process of forming a security protocol to ensure the safety of TNVS and other utility drivers. — Joan Nano | 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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