MANILA FIRE

Fire hit a portion of the Tutuban Mall in Tondo, Manila and has been raging for several hours, after it started past 12 midnight yesterday. Sketchy reports said that the fire started from one of the stalls at the ground floor of the Cluster Building of the mall. The fire alarm Task Force Alpha was raised at around 3 a.m. and later with higher alarm, Task Force Charlie, as early as 5 a.m. yesterday. At around 7 a.m. yesterday, firefighters are still busy putting out the fire and faced difficulty in doing so because most of the gates of the stalls are still closed. Many of the materials on the ground floor are garments and tailoring materials, witnesses said. (Rizal S. Obanil)

COPS SLAIN

Two Caloocan policemen were shot dead by motorcycle-riding armed men Tuesday afternoon when lawmen tried to accost them for an inspection routine in Caloocan-North. The victims were identified as SP03 Tom Perez, 40, and SP01 Tirso Roncales, 43, both assigned at TMR-North Sector, succumbed to multiple bullet wounds when the suspects fired at them at about 12 p.m. Caloocan City Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri condemned the shooting of two policemen. Echiverri directed Sr. Supt. Jude Wilson Santos to conduct a follow-up operation against the suspects. Reports showed that four suspects in the shooting incident, including a certain Ex-P01 Ernesto Castillo, alias "Caste", of Bagong Silang, are now being hunted. (Ed Mahilum)

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