Metro Briefs: Oct. 24, 2018
Robbery suspect killed in firefight with cops
A suspected robber was killed allegedly in a shootout with the police in Caloocan City shortly after midnight on Monday.
Janine Orbita told investigators that she was walking home when the suspect, identified as Anthony Garcia, pointed a .38-caliber gun at her and took her bag which contained P450 in cash plus a gold necklace.
Orbita immediately reported the theft of her belongings to the police who started looking for the suspect.
A police report said that PO3 Danilo Desder and PO2 Rexel Alano chanced upon Garcia who shot them, leading to a shootout in which the suspect was killed.
Found at the scene were his .38-caliber firearm with three bullets, five cartridges, a gray bag and two sachets of suspected “shabu” or crystal meth. —Mariejo S. Ramos
Muntinlupa donates P5M to Luzon towns hit by ‘Ompong’
The Muntinlupa City government has donated P5 million to 10 municipalities in Northern Luzon that were affected by Typhoon “Ompong” (international name Mangkhut) last month.
Muntinlupa disaster risk reduction and management officer Erwin Alfonso and city social service department chief Analyn Mercado on Monday turned over checks worth P500,000 to officials of each of the 10 municipalities that were placed under a state of calamity.
These were Baggao, Iguig, Pamplona, Lasam, Claveria, Sta. Praxedes and Sanchez Mira in Cagayan province; Itogon and Kabayan in Benguet; and Pasil in Kalinga.
Ompong, the strongest typhoon so far to hit the country this year, left at least 95 people dead, most of whom were buried in landslides at a mining community in Itogon.
Damage to crops and livestock alone was pegged at P26.7 billion.
“In the spirit of bayanihan, the local government of Muntinlupa has been and will continue to lend its hand to towns in the country needing assistance,” Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said in a statement. —Dexter Cabalza
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