Wayward FX kills 1, hurts 8 in Caloocan
MANILA, Philippines–A man was killed while eight other people were injured in a four-vehicle smashup in Caloocan City Thursday night. The city police traffic enforcement unit identified the fatality as Rolando Manimtim, 40, and the injured as Charlene and Henelyn Yunto, Edwin Apostol, Vergie Guerrero, Gina Baggayan, George Dejalco, Jay-Ar Unarce, and Roel Lagoros. The 10 p.m. incident on Camarin Road involved an FX taxi driven by Lagoros, with the Yuntos, Manimtim, Guerrero and Apostol as passengers; a tricycle driven by Unarce; a jeepney with Banggayan and Dejalco as passengers; and a Toyota Revo parked by the roadside. The tricycle was moving ahead of the FX on the same lane when the FX tried to overtake but lost control and ended up hitting the side of the tricycle, the approaching jeepney and the parked Revo. Manimtim was pronounced dead at Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital. Police were set to file charges against Lagoros on Friday. Nathaniel R. Melican
QC cops face raps for taking vendors’ phones
Two Quezon City policemen are in hot water for allegedly taking the second-hand cell phones being sold by vendors on Quirino Highway in Novaliches. PO3 Jayrhil Lucena and PO2 Armando Baez, both of the Novaliches station, face a robbery complaint in the city prosecutor’s office after three vendors accused them of taking their goods on the night of March 12, at the corner of Quirino Highway and Sarmiento Street. It was unclear if the officers committed the alleged robbery in the guise of a police operation against illegal vendors, said Chief Insp. Rodelio Marcelo of the Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit. Lucena and Baez would also face administrative cases in the QCPD, he said. In the complaint, the vendors claimed that the policemen arrived in a patrol car and seized several cell phones before forcing them into the vehicle. Upon arrival at the Novaliches station, they were told to go home but their goods were not returned to them, they said. Julie M. Aurelio
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