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Vigilantes, cops kill 3 drug suspects in clashes

  • Written by Edd Reyes, Itchie G. Cabayan, Melnie Ragasa-Jimena & Arlene Rivera
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An unidentified drug suspect lies dead on the pavement after being killed in a shootout with operatives of the Northern Police District in Caloocan City during a buy-bust operation in Sawata, Maypajo. Photos by : Jon-Jon Reyes An unidentified drug suspect lies dead on the pavement after being killed in a shootout with operatives of the Northern Police District in Caloocan City during a buy-bust operation in Sawata, Maypajo.

AN alleged notorious drug pusher was killed in a shootout with policemen while two suspected drug personalities were killed by alleged members of the vigilante group in separate shooting incidents Thursday and yesterday morning in Caloocan and Navotas cities.

Meanwhile, two female drug suspects were busted by members of the Quezon City police yesterday.

Jerome Santillices, of Dalagang Bukid St., North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), died on the spot from gunshot wounds in the body when he allegedly tried to shoot it out with lawmen at 11:30 p.m. along the inner alley of Dalagang Bukid Street.

Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio said a team from Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4, led by Insp. Albert Trinidad, conducted a buy-bust operation against the suspect but when he sensed that he was dealing with a police decoy, he stepped back, drew a firearm and fired at the police officers but missed.

The lawmen retaliated, killing the suspect. A homemade gun and two plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu were recovered by police from the slain suspect.
    
In Caloocan City, Jason Lunod, 18, and his father Rogelio, 52, both of 122 Benin St., Bgy. 186, were walking along San Diego St., 12th Avenue East, Bgy. 90, at around 8:30 a.m. yesterday when three motorcycles without plate numbers stopped in front of them.
    
One of the back riders, wearing helmet and face mask, alighted and shot Jason several times in the body. His father rushed him to Manila Central University (MCU) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
    
Nine empty shells, two deformed slugs and two fire bullets for caliber .9mm pistol were recovered by police at the crime scene.
    
Earlier in Bgy. 186 Tala, Rolando Lua, 69, was inside his house past 1 p.m. when he saw Richie Reyes, 35, factory worker, of 288 Bo. Sta. Rita South, running away while being chased by two armed suspects wearing bonnets and face masks.
    
Reyes was able to hide inside his abode and tried to use the back door on his way  out not knowing that the suspects were waiting for him to come out. He was shot several times in the body, killing him instantly.
    
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said the victim’s live-in partner, Crisallie Agosto, admitted to police that her partner was involved in illegal drugs trade in their area.
   
Five empty shells for cal. .45 pistol were recovered at the crime scene while a transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu was recovered from the victim’s right pocket.
   
In QC, anti-illegal drug operatives of Quezon City Police District arrested two female drug suspects during a buy-bust operation in Bgy.  Paligsahan.
   
Acting QCPD director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T.  Eleazar identified the suspects as Camille Villanueva, 19, of Bgy. Cupang, Muntinlupa City; and Melanie de Jesus, 40, of Taal, Batangas.
   
Eleazar said Pangan is the common-law wife of a Chinese national who was currently detained in Bicutan Jail over drug charges.
   
Supt. Godofredo K. Tul-O, chief of the DAID-SOTG, said in his report that the suspects were known drug pushers operating in Quezon City and other cities in Metro Manila. 
   
A poseur-buyer set a drug deal with the suspects at about 12:50 p.m. yesterday in Bgy. Paligsahan, which resulted in their arrest.
   
Police seized one transparent plastic bag containing 200 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of P600,000 wrapped in a cellphone box, three cellular phones and three bundles of bogus buy-bust money worth P292,000 with one genuine P1,000 bill on top.
   
The suspects were brought to the DAID-SOTG in Camp Karingal for further investigation and filing of a case of violation of Section 5 in relation to Section 26 (b) Art. II of RA 9165 at the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office. The confiscated cellphones will be subjected to forensic examinations.