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The Manila Youth Reception Center (MYRC) in Arroceros, Manila will have a lot of empty chairs and tables.

This as 37 youth offenders bolted the facility at the crack of dawn yesterday by scaling the wall at the back portion of the building closest to the Pasig River.

The young escapees were involved in illegal possession of firearms, illegal drugs, gambling, snatching and other crimes. Two of the escaped offenders, including one tagged for keeping a loose firearm, were recaptured by Manila policemen in Tondo.

MYRC and the Manila Social Welfare Department refused to issue a statement to media on the jailbreak.

Still in Tondo, policemen are facing a blank wall vis-à-vis the murder of a woman whose name was included in the city’s drug watch list.

The victim was identified as Rizalina Ortile, 45, a resident of Hermosa street. She was declared dead on arrival at the Martinez Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound in the head.

Sr. Insp. Glenzor Vallejo, detailed at the MPD Homicide Section said the shooting happened at the Philippine National Railway track in Barangay 184 in Tondo.

Witness Arnold Turla, 41, told police he was walking in the vicinity of the crime scene when he heard two gunshots at the railtrack.

Meanwhile, an hour-long fire left 30 families homeless in Binondo, with the blaze starting at 10 in the evening on the third floor of a house in Barangay 272 in Del Pan. The fire quickly spread in the neighborhood where houses were made of light material. No one was injured in the fire.

On garbage, the city government of Manila is mulling suspending barangay officials who will not cooperate in the clean-up drive that led to the arrest of 171 persons who were caught dumping trash.

“It’s really hard to keep the city clean and I am at the receiving end of the curses of people because of your wanton dumping of trash on the streets,” Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada said.

Estrada created a task force to go after litterbugs and tasked no less than MPD chief Rolando Anduyan to lead it.

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