AT least nine persons, including a woman and 17-year-old college student, were killed in what police described as a bloody weekend for alleged drug personalities in separate shooting incidents in Caloocan, Marikina and Quezon cities.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said Albert Samson, student of University of Caloocan City (UCC), was sleeping inside his house at 34 Kabulusan 2, Bgy. 20 when unidentified suspects barged in at around 2:15 a.m. yesterday.
The suspects, all armed with unknown caliber of firearms, shot the victim several times and fled on board their motorcycles. Samson was pronounced dead on arrival at Caloocan City Medical Center.
Police recovered at the crime scene seven empty shells and two deformed bullets for unknown type of firearms and two transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu.
Relatives of the victim denied his involvement in drug activities and insisted that the killing was a case of mistaken identity.
Earlier at 10:46 p.m. Sunday, Richard Pangilinan, 36, of 513 Katipunan St., 2nd Avenue, Bgy. 38, was sitting in front of his friend’s house on D. Aquino Extension, 2nd Avenue, when four men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, shot him several times in his body.
The suspects escaped on board two motorcycles without plate number while the victim was rushed by bystanders to Caloocan City Medical Center where he succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
In Bgy. 14, Berdado Veligano, 37, jobless, of Block 2D, Lot 27, Phase 3 E1, was standing along Paros Alley, Block 2, at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when three unidentified assailants shot him once, killing him on the spot.
The suspects fled on foot towards Dagat-Dagatan area. Police recovered at the scene an empty shell for unknown caliber of firearm, a plastic sachet of shabu and drug paraphernalia.
At 7 p.m, Saturday, Mark Anthony Gonzales, 27, and Danica Sobrapinya, 21, of Park 2 Camia Street, Malaria, Bgy. 185, were having a drinking spree with their friends at 243 Camia Street when three armed men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, peppered them with bullets.
The victims were rushed to Tala Hospital where they succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in their bodies while the suspects fled.
Recovered at the crime scene were eight empty shells and six deformed slugs for cal. .45 pistol. Police said a bystander in the area, who refused to be identified, said Gonzales was allegedly involved in illegal drug activities.
In Bgy. 187, Daniel Albano, 27, construction worker, of 164 Sto. Cristo, Tala, was having a conversation with his friends at 6:30 p.m. when two MC-riding suspects, both wearing bonnets and face masks, shot him several times in the body.
The victim’s neighbor told police that Albano was a known drug peddler in their barangay.
In Marikina City, a notorious drug pusher was killed following a shootout with police Sunday afternoon.
Efpraem Carl Rivera, alias Ef, 23, of. 63 L. De Guzman St., Bgy. Concepcion Uno, died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds on his body, according to Senior Supt. Lorenzo Holanday Jr., Marikina police chief.
Holanday said Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID) conducted a buy-bust operation at the house of the suspect in Bgy. Concepcion Uno at 2:50 p.m. when PO3 Dexter DR Alvarez was able to buy P300 worth of shabu from the suspect.
After handling the illegal drugs, he was immediately nabbed but he resisted arrest and pulled out a gun and fired at the lawman.
Holanday said other policemen positioned nearby were forced to retaliate, killing the suspect.
Recovered from the suspect were a revolver loaded with four ammunition, empty shell, holster, knife, coin purse and three plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
In QC, police gunned down two drug suspects and arrested 10 others during Oplan Tokhang in Bgy. Paltok on Sunday.
Acting QC Police District director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the slain suspects as Virgilio de Chavez, alias Elion, 57, of Project 7, Bgy. Veterans Village, and an unidentified man. De Chavez was reportedly included in the drug watchlist of QCPD Police Station 2.
Investigation showed that operatives of QCPD Police Station 2 conducted Oplan Galugad on Ilagan St., Bgy. Paltok, on Sunday after receiving reports about the rampant illegal drug activities in the area.
During the operation, policemen saw a man with a firearm visibly tucked in his waistline.
When they were about to approach him, the suspect drew his handgun and fired at the officers. De Chavez, who was the target of the operation, and standing a few meters away, also fired at the operatives, who retaliated, hitting both suspects.
The two were rushed to Quezon City General Hospital but were declared dead on arrival.
Police seized an Armscor cal. .45 pistol, a Smith & Wesson cal. .38 revolver and several plastic sachets of shabu from the slain suspects.
Ten other persons, who were reportedly conducting a pot session in the said barangay, were arrested.