By Tracy Cabrera
FAIRVIEW, QUEZON CITY — Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Brigadier General Danilo Macerin has announced the arrest of two members of the notorious Velasco robbery hold-up group which has been preying on hapless victims in Barangay Fairview, Quezon City.
The QCPD chief identified the suspects as Celsie John Ortencio, alias ‘Chowking’, 20, of Lumantad Compound, Dahlia Street in Bgy. Greater Fairview, and Carlo Tudtud, 19, of Real St., Villarca 2 Subdivision in Bgy. Baesa.
Ortencio and Tudtud was nabbed by operatives of Fairview Police Station (PS 5) under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Melchor Rosales last Friday, March 19, in a buy-bust operation conducted in an undisclosed site in Fairview.
Based on initial reports, a confidential informant reported to PS 5 operatives regarding the illegal drug peddling activities of alias Chowking and a buy-bust operation was immediately set for the arrest of the suspect.
An undercover cop posed as poseur buyer and bought PhP3,000.00 worth of shabu from Ortencio, who came along with Tudtud and at a pre-arranged signal, they were quickly apprehended.
Background investigation on the two suspects disclosed that Ortencio and Tudtud are members of the Velasco robbery hold-up group that has been responsible for robbery incidents within PS 5 areas of responsibility since 2019.
Seized from the suspects were three grams of shabu valued at PhP20,400.00, the buy-bust money and a cellular phone.
Macerin commended Rosales and his men for their dedication to the relentless illegal drug operations of the national police that led to the arrest of the suspects and the confiscation of contraband items and illegal drugs.
“Mahigpit pa rin ang ating kampanya laban sa iligal na droga kung kaya’t hinihingi ko ang patuloy na suporta ng ating mga mamamayan dito sa QC upang masugpo natin ito,” the QCPD chief pointed out even as he encouraged the public to continue reporting illegal activities to the QCPD or nearest police station in their community. (AI/MTVN)