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14 map of metro manilaMANILA: Two persons allegedly involved in an investment scam have been arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation after taking over P14 million from a victim.

NBI Director Dante Gierran identified the suspects as Edgardo Lacson and Abegail Lacson.

The suspects were arrested by agents of the NBI Anti-Organized and Transnational Crimes Division during an entrapment operation in a restaurant in Makati City last Tuesday.

Following their arrest, they were subjected to inquest proceedings at the Makati Prosecutor’s Office the next day for estafa charges.

Gierran said the operation was conducted based on the complaint of the victim who gave the suspects a total of P14.66 million from November to December 2016.

The NBI official cited the victim was enticed to invest by Edgardo who introduced himself as the team leader in hydrocarbon management of the Shell Co.

The suspect said he has been authorized to solicit investments from the public and promised the victim nine to 15 percent monthly interests for investments.

The victim became suspicious after the suspect has never given the payouts and even sought an additional P600,000. (Jeffrey Damicog)

MARIKINA CITY: A 27-year-old woman was arrested by the police after she allegedly attempted to abduct a child last Friday.

Police identified the suspect as Marjorie Dejan of Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City.

Initial investigation showed that at around 8 p.m., the child was at the gate of their neighbor where a birth anniversary party was being held when Dejan approached and took the victim away.

Fortunately, a witness saw the incident and confronted the suspect who then put down the child and quickly left.

The witness informed the child’s parents who sought assistance from the police and arrested Dejan minutes later. (Jhon Casinas)

NAVOTAS CITY: A 59-year-old man was killed after he was hit by a truck while he was walking on C3 Road Thursday.

Police Col. Rolando Balasabas, Navotas  police chief, identified the victim as Rodolfo Puzon, 59, of Paradise High Balut, Tondo, Manila.

The truck driver was identified by the police as Gilbert Largo, 40, of Bocaue, Bulacan.

According to a report, Puzon was walking on C3 Road in Barangay North Bay Boulevard South at around 11:40 p.m. when he was hit by the speeding Isuzu truck that was headed towards Balut, Tondo.

Puzon sustained massive head and body injuries and was rushed to Tondo Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival.

Charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide were filed against Largo. (Minka Tiangco)

MARIKINA CITY: Four drug suspects were arrested by police in a buy-bust operation Friday.

Police also apprehended the 61-year-old uncle of one of the suspects when he allegedly tried to stop them from arresting his nephew who was the target of the operation.

Police identified the suspects as Reynaldo Sumbillo, alias “Mark,” 28; Raymund Cabtuando, 35; Christian del Rosario, 39; and Jonard Uy, 40.

Investigation showed that at around 10:30 p.m., the Marikina police conducted a buy-bust operation against a certain “Mark”– later identified as Sumbillo – at his house.

After a sachet of illegal drugs worth P500 was purchased from Sumbillo and his cohort Del Rosario, police quickly entered his house and placed the duo under arrest. Police also nabbed Cabtuando and Uy who were with the suspects during the sting.

Recovered from the suspects were six sachets of suspected shabu, a cellphone, P600 cash, and the marked money.

While police were arresting the suspects, Ricardo Modesto, uncle of Sombillo, tried to interfere and stop them from arresting his nephew, prompting the lawmen to also apprehend him. (Jhon Casinas)

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