Eight suspected drug personalities, including a woman, were killed in separate shooting incidents Thursday and yesterday morning in Navotas and Caloocan cities and Tondo, Manila.
The body of an unidentified woman, with visible gunshot wounds in the body and stuffed inside a sack, was discovered along Navotas River on Lapu-Lapu Street past 10 a.m. yesterday while a body of a man with gunshot wounds in the body and also stuffed inside a sack were earlier found on Tanigue St., Bgy. North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS) at 6:25 a.m.
Navotas police homicide investigators PO2 Paul Roma and PO2 Allan Bangayan believed that both victims who were hogtied were killed elsewhere and dumped in separate places in the city to mislead police investigators.
Two empty shells, a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu and ID picture bearing the name of Eddie Langido were found on the dead man’s possession.
In Caloocan City, Antonio Palmario Jr., of Guido St., Pangaral Village, Bgy. 182, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds in the head and body when he engaged lawmen in a shootout at 9 p.m. inside his lair he used as drug den at 32 Kingswood St., Brickstone Subdivision, Bgy. 175, Camarin.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said that earlier, a police operation was conducted by elements of Caloocan Police North Extension Office (NEO) led by Supt. Reydante Ariza against Palmario but he managed to escape while five of his cohorts were arrested.
One of the arrested suspects told police Palmario’s whereabouts, prompting Supt. Ariza and his men to proceed to his lair in Bgy. Camarin. When the suspect was cornered, he drew a firearm and engaged lawmen in a shootout that resulted to his untimely death. Five plastic sachet of shabu, drug paraphernalia and a cal., .38 revolver were recovered from his possession.
Earlier at around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Maximo Pepito, 54, his younger brother Marlon, 39 and Roel Rustia, 25, all residents of Sto. Niño. Road 10. Bgy. NBBS, were killed in a shootout with operatives of Navotas police during an anti-drug operation.
Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio said the Pepito siblings, who were arrested last year for possession of illegal drugs, managed to post bail and continued their illegal drug activities.
A buy-bust operation was conducted but when Marlon sensed that he was dealing with police decoy, he drew his firearm, prompting the police officers to shoot him. Roel managed to jump out the window but when he noticed the approaching policemen, he aimed his improvised shotgun, prompting lawmen to shoot him.
Police said Maximo also tried to shoot it out with lawmen but was gunned down before he could fire his improvised gun.
Several pieces of heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia were recovered by police at the crime scene.
In Manila, two suspected drug pushers, including a barangay tanod, were killed after they allegedly shot it out with policemen who were conducting a buy-bust operation in Tondo the other night.
The barangay tanod was identified as Rufino Mendez, 49, of 909-F San Gabriel St., Tondo, while the other fatality was identified as alias ‘Ronald’, aged 30 to 35 years old, about 5’5” tall and skinny.
The Manila Police District-Crime Against Persons Investigation Section said the buy-bust operation was conducted at around 11:40 p.m. by operatives from the MPD-Station 2 in Tondo.
Police said that PO1 Jefferson Managuelod acted as a poseur-buyer. In the middle of the transaction, the duo allegedly suspected they were dealing with cops so they drew their guns and Mendez fired at the officers.
PO1 Managuelod and his backup, PO1 Louie Jake Benzon, returned fire and killed the two suspects instantly.
Recovered by the police from Ronald was a cal. .38 revolver with no serial number and a silver card holder containing 17 plastic sachets containing shabu while found on Mendez were a cal. .38 revolver also without a serial number and several live ammunition.