IT would seem that in Manila, too much attention is being given to alleged drug operations while less focus goes to violent crimes happening left and right and which require equal, if not even more, attention.
For the past almost three months since Senior Superintendent Joel Napoleon Coronel took over as director of the Manila Police District (MPD), a number of intense crimes and shooting deaths that are not drug-related have taken place and lamentably remain unsolved as of this writing.
Among them is the recent brutal shooting death more than a week ago of a Chinese businessman Shi Hua Tian. The 28-year-old guy was aboard his car with his girlfriend when his vehicle was riddled with bullets in front of Blue Lane Hotel located on Tomas Mapua near Ongpin Street in Binondo. He did not make it to the hospital alive due to multiple bullet wounds in the body.
The following day, caretaker Edwin Lasap, 46, was also shot dead, this time in Tondo, by four unidentified men who were apparently after his belongings. He took two bullets to the head.
Yet a couple of days before, two women were killed by motorcycle-riding men in separate instances. Evelyn Franco, a dealer of beauty products, was shot from behind in broad daylight -- around 12 noon -- while inside a passenger jeepney that was cruising along Romana Street near the corner of Simoun Street in Velasquez, Tondo.
Vendor Nora Lintag, 42, was having the time of her life enjoying a videoke and drinking session in Port Area, Manila, when a male suspect shot her in the head.
Early this month, worker Joven Serrano, 40, was texting when he died on the spot after being shot several times at the corner of Maria Guizon and Juan Luna Streets in Tondo.
Jeepney driver Romy Mendoza, on the other hand, was cruising along Binondo in Manila in the late afternoon of September 5 when, upon reaching the corner of Muelle dela Industria and Frenza Street in Binondo, a passenger behind him shot him in the head.
Businesswoman Teresita Enesio, 58, was walking in the middle of a busy crowd in Carriedo, Quiapo, when she got shot in the head and was killed instantly. She had been operating vending stalls in Carriedo for the past 40 years.
These, as 41-year-old businessman Arnold Ramos was killed by a holdupper in the busy Antipolo corner T. Mapua Street in Sta. Cruz area mid-afternoon. His senior citizen companion was critically injured as the suspect shot them both in the process of taking Ramos’ sling bag containing P150,000 in cash.
The victims were waiting for some items they ordered from an establishment there when the suspect appeared and declared a holdup while pointing a gun at them and demanding for their jewelry and the bag. The suspect shot them when they resisted.
In late August, 32-year-old Carmelita Flores woman was lying in bed inside her home in Tondo, Manila, with her four-year-old son when a lone gunman barged in and shot her repeatedly in the face and body. Before this, 66-year-old foreman Floro Orille was shot dead in Sampaloc, Manila, by two motorcycle-riding suspects who also took the P.2- million payroll money he was bringing at that time.
Meantime, Michael Uba, 11, a Grade 6 pupil at the Amado Elementary School, was hit by a stray bullet while watching two groups of youngsters engaging in a rumble along an overpass in Tondo, Manila.
Also in the first few days of August, unidentified gunmen sprayed with bullets the car of businessman Hadji Ayasin Panandigan, 65, wounding not only him but also his daughters Jasmina, 15, and Hania, 40, and his son Jamael Panandigan, 52, also a businessman. The victims were aboard their car when the gunmen attacked at the corner of Gunao and Arlegui Streets in Quiapo.
On July 23, businessman Leonardo Simplicio, 62, was found dead at around 10 a.m. inside his house located at 2243-B Elioriaga corner Augusto Francisco Street in Sta. Ana, Manila. He was reportedly killed by robbers who took his gadgets and cash. They also gagged him and strangled him with a belt.
Days prior or on July 14, an LBC remittance center in Legarda, Sampaloc, Manila, was robbed by a lone armed suspect who posed as a customer.
So, what about these crimes? Are they no longer priority? Just asking.
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