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Cops hot on trail of 4 men who killed councilwoman

Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00 Published in Metro

Police are hunting four armed men who killed a barangay councilwoman of Tondo, Manila while two of her companions were wounded when they were peppered with bullets in an ambush last Wednesday in Valenzuela City.
Local police chief Senior Supt. Ronaldo Mendoza said Barangay 254 (Tondo) Kagawad Mildred Cabal, 45, succumbed to bullet wounds in the body while his driver Aurelio Enriquez, 47, and Vilma Santos, were confined in a hospital for gunshot wounds in their bodies.
Mendoza said the victims, together with Shzenell Pena, Angelo de la Cruz and Shiela Marie Dancel were on board a Mitsubishi Adventure (CTH-901) driven by Enriquez while traversing Paso de Blas Road around 4:50 p.m. when the gunmen on board two motorcycles blocked their path and fired successive shots, fatally hitting Cabral while Enriquez and Santos were hit by stray bullets.
After the incident, the attackers sped away towards San Diego Street, Canumay West while Enriquez managed to pull over in front of a Security Bank branch and seek the help of duty security guard who reported the incident to the police.
Homicide investigators PO3 Robin Santos and PO2 Mark Gil Bolanio said the victims were on their way home after fetching de la Cruz from the Valenzuela police station where he posted bail following his arrest for driving without license.
Mendoza said members of the Police Community Precinct-1 immediately conducted a follow-up operation for possible identification and arrest of the gunmen while the motive behind the killing is yet to be determined.

Nlex-R-10 Section to bring economic gains to Navotas

Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00 Published in Metro

Navotas Mayor John Reynald Tiangco is optimistic the proposed R-10 Section of the under-construction North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) Harbor Link Segment 10 will bring in more economic opportunities for the city and the Navoteños.
Tiangco said this after he attended last Tuesday the groundbreaking of the 2.6- kilometer elevated expressway at R-10 corner C-3 Road in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South, Navotas.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar, Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta III, Caloocan Planning and Development Officer Aurora Ciego and Nlex Corp. president Rodrigo Franco also led the ceremony.
“We trust that the R-10 section will boost the trade and commerce in Navotas, especially now that our city will become more accessible to other provinces in Luzon. We also expect that this project will bring livelihood opportunities for Navoteños,” Tiangco told the Camanava Press Corps.
He added: “Through the R-10 section, travel time will be greatly reduced and delivery of goods and services from the port area to other parts of Luzon will become easier and more efficient.”
The Tribune was told the R-10 section forms part of the 5.65-kilometer Segment 10 which connects the Mac-Arthur Highway in Valenzuela, Gov. Pascual Avenue in Malabon and C-3 Road in Caloocan.
In its website, DPWH said the section will “decongest Metro Manila by providing access to the Nlex without passing through Edsa or the Balintawak Toll Plaza.”
Furthermore, the section is seen to “reduce travel time from Nlex Valenzuela to R-10 from 23 to 11 minutes via Balintawak-Edsa Monumento, and from 26 to 13 minutes via Balintawak-A. Bonifacio/C-3.
In another development, Tiangco told reporters the local government will soon have a medical building that will offer more health services to its residents.
Together with Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo, other city officials and department heads, the Navotas chief executive unveiled the building plans for the construction of the Navotas Medical and Wellness Center (NMWC).
The four-story building with deck will replace the former Navotas Emergency and Lying-in Clinic in Barangay San Jose, Tiangco said.
“Our people are the pillars of our city. We have to ensure that they are well-taken care of and protected at all times. As public servants, we have the duty to provide quality service to our fellows. Despite the challenges in our work, we should strive to serve others whole-heartedly,” he said.
The NMWC will offer various health services, including drug testing, community-based rehabilitation and physical therapy, animal bite treatment, clinical laboratory and diagnostic services such as ultrasound, electrocardiogram and x-ray.
The center will also feature dental services, teen health services, social hygiene services, breast checkup and mammography, environmental and sanitation services as well as a Health Emergency and Management System and Operation Center. 

Cops arrest man who stole car of GF in Caloocan

Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:00 Published in Metro

A man was arrested in an entrapment operation set up by the Malabon City police’s anti-car theft unit after his overseas Filipino worker (OFW) girlfriend complained her boyfriend stole her car and would return it after she paid P15,000 last Tuesday night in Caloocan City.
Behind bars and facing criminal charges is Michael Jansen Silos, 29, native of Echague, Isabela and a Pasay City resident, who was collared around 11:30 p.m. by Malabon lawmen led by Insp. Paul Dennis Javier.
Prior to his arrest, the suspect agreed to meet his girlfriend Irene Balubar, 32,  the registered owner of Honda Civic car with license plate TRC-592 he stole while parked inside the garage of the victim’s house at Olvina Homes, Barangay Potrero, Malabon.
Case officer PO3 Alfie Odasco said the victim left her Malabon house around 4 p.m. to buy something at a mall in Caloocan, leaving her boyfriend (Silos) inside.
When she came back an hour later, she noticed that her car was no longer inside the garage and its certificate of registration and other documents she kept on the drawer were also taken by him, prompting her to report the incident to the police.
Around 10:30 p.m., the suspect called up the victim and asked her to produce P15,000 if she wanted to have her car back to which she agreed, upon the advice of Javier and his  men who set up an entrapment operation.
Javier and his men collared Silos immediately after he received the marked money inside a mall in Bonifacio Monument Circle.
The stolen car, which the suspect parked a few meters away, was also recovered as well as the vehicle’s pertinent papers.
Charges of violation of Republic Act 10883 or the New Anti-Carnapping Act, a non bailable offense, will be filed against the suspect before the City Prosecutor’s Office, police said.                                       

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