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Suspects in death of ‘Tisoy’ identified, police confirm physical abuse

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Suspects in the murder of Genesis “Tisoy” Argoncillo


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) has revealed the suspects behind the death of Genesis “Tisoy” Argoncillo, a “tambay” who was arrested by police for violating city ordinances.

In a press briefing Friday (June 22), QCPD Director PCSupt. Joselito Esquivel also confirmed that Argoncillo’s body showed signs of physical abuse.

The suspects, who were confirmed members of the notorious “Sputnik Gang,” were identified as Richard Bautista and Justine Mercado.

Based on witnesses’ accounts, an anxious Argoncillo was walking back and forth inside the cell when he accidentally stepped on a suspect’s foot.  Witnesses added that police on duty did not notice the commotion as other members of the gang positioned themselves to conceal the mauling.

The two suspects will be charged with murder for Argoncillo’s death.

Meanwhile, the QCPD insists they are not covering up for their colleagues as allegations surfaced after police initially denied that the victim was mauled.

Esquivel said  investigation is underway and added that five policemen from QCPD Station 4 have already been relieved  in connection with the incident.

Despite this, QCPD maintained they will carry on with accosting and arresting street idlers and offenders of city ordinances in line with the government’s campaign against criminality. —  Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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QC Police conducts bomb explosion drill for long holiday preparations

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Members of the City Police District (QPD) during a bomb explosion drill

The Quezon City Police District (QPD) conducted a bomb explosion drill on Tuesday (April 9).

Authorities showed the necessary actions to be taken in case there is an explosion in the area.

The police immediately put a barricade tape around the area and removed the crowd while the rescue teams responded to the victims of the explosion.

A member of the bomb squad approached another suspicious item that might also contain another bomb.

According to QPD District Director P/Bgen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., they will also conduct inspections in terminals.

“I think bukas o makalawa magko-conduct naman kami ng aming inspections sa mga terminal. Ito rin iyong may pinakamalaking terminal. Mayroon na rin kaming security plan para sa ano and I think we’ll have a press briefing on Monday, ‘yung preparation naman namin sa semana santa, (I think tomorrow, we will conduct inspections at some of the largest terminals. We already have a security plan for the long holiday)” he said.

Authorities remind passengers not to bring any firearms or deadly weapons especially when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has imposed a gun ban due to the midterm elections.

For any complaints or emergencies, concerned individuals can contact the PNP or other government agencies.


  • Philippine National Police: 117
  • National Capital Region Police Office: 0915-888-8181 or 0999-901-8181
  • Department of Transportation: 7890
  • Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board: 1342

Meanwhile, based on the data of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) around 200 bus companies were given special permits for the long holiday. This is equal to almost 500 provincial buses.

The special permits will be available from April 14 to 22.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Police neutralize 3 suspects in QC gun trade

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

A body of a suspect after a gunfight broke out in Barangay Bago Bantay, Quezon City 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A gunfight broke out after three suspects in a gun trade resisted arrest in Barangay Bago Bantay, Quezon City on Thursday (October 11).

One of them was identified as alias Turo. Two of his cohorts are still being known.

According to Quezon City Police District Director Chief Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr., a tipster informed them of a large scale gun running activity in the area.

An agent of the QC District Special Operations Unit posed as buyer with whom alias Turo transacted a shotgun for P10,000.

One of the suspects sensed the entrapment and immediately pulled a gun.

The police were compelled to retaliate resulting in the death of the three.

“Pagpasok ko, to effect arrest sir para maaresto sana sir, nagulat ako nung bigla na lang akong pinutukan ng dalawang beses. Buti na lang nakabunot din ako tapos sumabay na lang ako ng putok. Buti na lang may gamit kaming bullet vest,” said PO3 Roniel Abuyog, the operating unit’s team leader.

Seized from the suspects were three shotguns and three .45 caliber pistols.

Esquivel said the PNP is now on intensified operations against loose firearms in view of the coming elections.

“Ito ay ginagawa natin dahil nga malapit na ‘yung ating eleksyon. Pinapaigting natin ang ating operation lalo na sa recovery ng loose firearm para hindi magamit sa eleksyon,” he said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Dismissed cop, ex-PDEA agent nabbed for carnapping, kidnapping of 2 Chinese nationals

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2018



(L-R) QCPD Director PCSUPT Joselito Esquivel Jr., PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde and NCRPO Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar presented to media the suspects in the kidnapping of 2 Chinese nationals. (UNTV News & Rescue)


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Members of the Quezon City Police District arrested a dismissed policeman and a former agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) who were among those responsible for the carnapping and kidnapping of two Chinese nationals in Quezon City.

The suspects were identified as Mark Anthony Roque, a dismissed Police Officer 1 previously assigned to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory and Arnold Camayang, a former PDEA Intelligence agent. Their two other companions were Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic constable Alvin Jay Roque and one civilian in the person of Christian John Talaue.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde relayed that on May 25, the suspects blocked the white Toyota commuter van of victims, Wu Shaowei and Wu Yaochui, along Congressional Avenue. The suspects were on board a gray Toyota commuter van which they previously acquired from the victims on April 7.

“Iyong mga Chinese ay madali nila takutin. Tinatakot nila. Usually itong si Roque ay nagpapakilala as police officer tapos kunwari may violation. Sasabihin niya, ‘Pulis ako may violation ka.’ Tatakutin niya itong Chinese tapos sasakay kunwari. Tapos kunwari nakipag-areglo iyon pala kukunin lahat pati pera,” Albayalde narrated.

(They can easily scare the Chinese. Roque would usually introduce himself as a police officer and pretend to arrest them over a violation. He’d say,” I’m a police officer, you have a violation.” He would board the vehicle and pretend to settle, but he’ll take everything including money.)

The suspects demanded P3 million for the release of the victims. They even accompanied the victims to their residence to receive the initial P300,000 chunk of the ransom money. Aside from cash, the suspects also took the victims’ white van, a Toyota Fortuner and another parked vehicle at the victims’ house.

“Nangarnap sila ng sasakyan at nangidnap pa sila. Then during the process ng pangidnap, kumuha sila ng pera, P3 million naging P300,000 pero lahat ng makitang sasakyan na puwedeng kunin e kukunin nila,” added NCRPO Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar.

(They committed carnapping and kidnapping.  During the process of kidnapping, the P3 million they initially demanded became P300,000, but they took all the cars they could find.)

The suspects were tracked after a tipster sighted the victims’ missing van along Amoranto Avenue in Quezon City.

The suspects will face charges of kidnapping, robbery, violation of RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code as well as a usurpation of authority. Authorities will also look into the suspects’ possible accomplices inside the Land Transportation Office (LTO.) – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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