Suspects in death of ‘Tisoy’ identified, police confirm physical abuse
Marje Pelayo • June 22, 2018 • 2842
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
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
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.)
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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