FIVE persons were killed in separate drug operations conducted by the Manila Police District (MPD) in different parts of the city despite the heavy rains the other day and yesterday.
Senior Insp. Rommel Anicete, chief of MPD-Homicide Section, said the first fatality was identified as Arnold Malinao, 43, said to be a member of the “Sputnik Gang”, and Romano Ma-ngundayao, 32, a waiter, both of 539 Fabie St., Paco, Manila.
A probe by SPO2 Jonathan Bautista said the incident took place at 5:45 p.m. at the suspects’ home.
A buy-bust operation was reportedly being carried out by Senior Insp. Jojo Sanguit and PO1 Emerson Layug, who posed as a buyer, when Malinao doubted that the two were cops. He hurriedly went up the house and was pursued by the cops.
As soon as Malinao got into his unit at the fourth floor, Mangundayao, who was waiting already armed with a gun, shot SPO2 Luis Conderes. He had his gun in one hand while his other hand carried a grenade. SPO2 Dennis Insierto shot Mangundayao, killing him instantly.
It was learned that Malinao had earlier surrendered in connection with the ‘Oplan Tokhang’ in their area but did not change his ways, while Mangundayao refused to follow suit, despite being known in their area as a drug pusher.
Later that day at around 11:20 p.m., operatives from the MPD-Station 2 killed Gallardo Pascual, 40, of 3281 Int. 18, S. Teodoro St., Matang-tubig, Tondo, Manila.
Pascual reportedly fired his .357 magnum at poseur-buyer PO1 Greggie Bueno but missed, giving him the chance to fire at the suspect and killed on the spot.
Meanwhile, police from the MPD-Station 6 also killed Alvin Malinao, 39, of 20 Sitio Bazar, Lambac, Mabitac, Laguna, and Gaerlan Makahilig, of 1716 Road 1, Bagong Sikat, Punta Sta. Ana, Manila. They reportedly resisted policemen serving them a search warrant issued by Executive Judge Virgilio Macaraig of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 37 while they were in Makahilig’s home.
PO2 Princeton Felea was approaching the said house when Comia suddenly fired at him, prompting him to return fire.
Confiscated from the suspects were small plastic sachets containing shabu, shabu paraphernalia and three guns -- a cal. .38 revolver, a .357 Magnum and a cal. .45 pistol.