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Unidentified gunmen shot dead a tricycle driver while his companion was seriously wounded after the latter stabbed and wounded a swimming pool caretaker Sunday night in Caloocan City.
Police said Ariel Sangalang, 26, of Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, succumbed to a bullet wound in the body while being treated at the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. His companion, Roel Jao Jao, 22, remains in critical condition at the same hospital due to gunshot wounds.
According to Chief Insp. Roden Santos Tejuco, head of the local police’s Station Investigation and Detective Management Branch (SIDMB), Sangalang and Jao Jao went to Robes Mini Mart Compound in Barangay 175, Camarin past 9 p.m. and requested caretaker Rodilo Borlasa, 38, to use the compound’s swimming pool.
When their request was turned down, a heated altercation ensued until Sangalang pulled out a bladed weapon and stabbed Borlasa twice in the body.
When Borlasa fell bloodied on the ground, successive shots rang out hitting Sangalang and Jao Jao in their bodies, reports said.
They were rushed to the hospital along with Borlasa who was still under observation, police said.
Members of Police Community Precinct-5 and Special Reaction Unit (SRU) of North Caloocan Police conducted an investigation in the area but when they were about to leave the place, a burst of gunfire outside the compound were heard, hitting a bystander identified as Julius Garcia, 28, also a resident in the area.
He was rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment while authorities tried to locate the gunmen who fired successive shots but they already escaped, Tejuco said
In Malabon City, a member of Philippine Army (PA) was arrested after he introduced himself as a police officer by showing a fake Philippine National Police (PNP) identification card during a checkpoint shortly after midnight yesterday in Malabon City.
Behind bars is PA member Gilbert Leuga, 37, of Barangay Tugatog, also in the city. His companion, Bienvenito Turreta, 25, truck driver, of Caloocan City, was also placed under arrest, according to city police head of investigators Insp. Paul Dennis Javier.
Leuga and Turreta were charged with usurpation of authority and violation of R.A 10054 or Motorcycle Helmet Act, respectively, before the City Prosecutor’s Office, Javier said.
Initial reports showed that members of Police Community Precinct-3 were conducting “Oplan-Sita” at the corner of Lapu-Lapu Avenue and Martinico Street, Barangay Longos around 12:10 a.m. when they flagged down Turreta, who was driving a motorcycle with Leuga as back rider, for not wearing helmet.

The administration of Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan has hugely credited the city’s higher revenue collections, which rose to 22%, to its constituents and business sector.
Malapitan owed it much to the massive cooperation of the concerned sectors, including the city council led by its presiding officer Vice Mayor Maca Asistio III that gave their full support to the mayor by way of passing measures that were instrumental in the effective implementation of several pro-poor and pro-people programs and projects.
Based on records from the ng City Accountant Office, this year’s revenue collection reached P3,165, 999 which covered January-June period, as compared to P2.6 billion and P2.4 billion under the same period in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
“Malaki ang pasasalamat natin sa ating taxpayers, sa mga katuwang natin sa business sector at sa lahat ng naka-ambag sa pagpapaganda ng ating lungsod. T’yak na magagamit ang tulong ng bawat mamamayan sa pagpapaunlad ng Caloocan,” the mayor was quoted as saying.
Since his first term as mayor, Malapitan has focused on carrying out several projects all over the city.
Aside from roads and bridges, the Malapitan administration had just completed the Caloocan City North Medical Center, Amparo Nature Park, City Sports Complex and the new City Hall Complex on 8th Avenue, Grace Park.
These big projects were made possible because of the massive trust and prompt payments of taxes by the local residents.
The mayor likewise told the Camanava Press Corps that his administration has further improved the level of services at the city hall by removing these so-called “fixers” and more transparent system of business transactions with the public.
“S’yempre nakatulong din sa pag-angat ng kita ng lungsod ay ang pagbibigay ng insentibo bilang paghikayat sa mga mamamayan at negosyante na maagang magbayad ng tamang buwis,” he said.
Caloocan, under the stewardship of Malapitan, earlier had been recognized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as one of the places in the country that is ideal to invest and engage in business. 

The Northern Police District (NPD) reported yesterday 60 of 1,076 Caloocan policemen who underwent almost two-month reorientation and moral enhancement program were back at the district headquarters.
Their deployment in their mother unit was confirmed by one of the police officers, who underwent retraining program, after they received an order last December 5 but it was only on December 11 that the directive coming from National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Director Oscar Albayalde was transmitted to the office of NPD director Chief Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso.
The Tribune was also told most of the policemen, who underwent moral and spiritual transformation at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City, have aired their complaints against an NCRPO custodial officer who reportedly refused to release their service firearms without necessary clearance from Albayalde.
“May re-assignment order na kami balik sa NPD at tapos na rin ang training dapat ibalik na sa amin ang service firearms lalu na’t karamihan ay ang lalayo pa ng inuuwian. Gusto ba nilang mapahamak ang kapuwa nila pulis kapag nalagay sa alanganing sitwasyon?” an unnamed police officer said.
The policeman also lamented that some of their colleagues who also finished the retraining program were able to obtain their service firearms to the custodial officer even without a necessary clearance.
Earlier, the NCRPO had said those who finished the program were ready for deployment but not all of them will be back at the Caloocan police.
The policemen, numbering around 1,076 underwent retraining program but only 972 passed the examinations, lectures and other modules.
From those who failed, 41 will undergo retraining, 32 were deemed unfit to serve and may face dismissal while 29 were recommended for deployment outside Metro Manila.
The NCRPO decided to “sack” the entire Caloocan police force, sparing only its chief, Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo, and Assistant Chief of Police for Administration Chief Insp. Ilustre Mendoza, more than two months ago after it was involved in at last three major controversies. 

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