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ROUNDUP: News in and around Metro Manila (Feb. 22, 2018).

Shoplifter apprehended

A suspected shoplifter was arrested after stealing two clothing items in a department store Wednesday in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

PO3 Rhyan Punzalan identified the suspect as 30-year-old call center agent Christine Mumpar of Block 3, Lot 11 Sta. Cecilia, Las Pinas City.

Initial investigation said that the alleged theft incident transpired around 1 p.m. inside SM San Lazaro Department Store located at A.H. Lacson St., Sta. Cruz, Manila, on February 21.

The complainant, identified as Maria Christina Dizon, 28, of No. 26 Trinidad St. Christ the King Las Pinas City, said that she was attending to her post inside the department store when she saw Mumpar enter the premises.

The suspect, posing as a customer, reportedly started to pick up items from display racks including one piece of Freego pants worth P1,599.75 and one piece of BNY long-sleeves worth P999.75.

Mumpar then hid the stolen items inside her white eco-bag and reportedly passed by the counter area without paying.

An arresting officer confronted the suspect and arrested her upon failing to present any proof of purchase for the items.

Mumpar,, now under the custody of Central Market Police Station (PS-3), will face charges for theft. (Hans Amancio)

D.I. held as impostor

A male dance instructor flagged down by a traffic enforcer was eventually arrested for falsely presenting himself as a police officer upon confrontation on Wednesday in Tondo, Manila.

PO2 Jaime Espejo identified the suspect as Rey Langgam, 40, dance instructor, and a resident of 51 San Miguel Ridge, Marulas, Valenzuela.

Police reports revealed that prior to the incident, elements of the Manila District Traffic Enforcement Unit (MDTEU) had been manning the traffic flow along Jose Abad Santos St. corner Recto Avenue, Tondo, Manila on February 21 at around 5 p.m.

The suspect, driving a Honda Wave with plate number ZK 7637, reportedly drove through the officers' direction without regarding their presence, prompting PO1 Padre Juan to flag him down.

Langgam was subsequently asked to show his license. The suspect, in response, introduced himself as a member of he Philippine National Police (PNP) at Camp Crame.

However, when asked to present his PNP I.D. card, Langgam failed to produce any and showed a document from the Homeland Trooper Patrol Safety Group instead.

The suspect was eventually arrested and was brought to the Moriones Tondo Police Station for further investigation.

Langgam will face charges for violation of R.A. 4136 or Driving without Driver's License and Art. 177 of the Revised Penal Code or Usurpation of Authority. (Hans Amancio)

4 persons gunned down

Four people were gunned down while another one was wounded in three separate incidents in Caloocan City from Tuesday to Wednesday.

Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rose Marie Casiquin, 41, jobless, and her live-in partner, Anabel Mercado, 54, jobless, were shot in the head by a lone gunman along Macabelo Street in Barangay 37.

Casiquin died on the spot while Mercado passed away while undergoing treatment at Dr. Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center.

Residents in the area told investigators that Casiquin and Mercado were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, police said.

Authorities recovered from the scene two empty shells of an unknown caliber..

In Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, 19-year-old tricycle driver Agapito Tubal and his younger brother Ama, 18, were buying gasoline for their tricycle when they were shot by two men wearing bonnets around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday.

Agapito, who sustained gunshot wound in the hips, rushed his brother to Tala Hospital where Agapito was declared dead on arrival.

Two empty shells and a slug of an unknown caliber of firearm was recovered from the scene.

Sr. Inspector Dennis Odtuhan, North Caloocan Investigation chief, said Agapito's family told police that he was receiving death threats since November over his alleged involvement in a shooting incident.

Around 10 p.m Wednesday, another tricycle driver identified as Gilbert Pangilinan, 52, was killed by two men onboard a motorcycle.

Pangilinan left his tricycle and ran for about 100 meters until he was cornered by the gunmen. He was shot in the chest and abdomen resulting to his instant death, police said.

Meanwhile, a couple who witnessed the incident were then robbed by the gunmen. The two men then fled bringing the couple's bag containing P10,000.

Police are now looking into a land dispute as the possible motive behind Pangilinan's death. (Kate Louise Javier)

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Feb 22, 2018
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