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7 drug suspects killed in shootouts

  • Written by Edd Reyes & jeffrey c. tiangco
  • Published in Metro
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Seven drug suspects were killed in separate shooting incidents in Malabon, Caloocan and Pasay cities.

Jeric Eleuterio, 23, jobless, of Block 4, Dama-ta, Letre, was gunned down by an assailant in front of his mother at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on Dulong Roque St., Bgy.  Tonsuya.
    
Malabon police homicide investigator PO2 Benjamin Sy said the victim and his mother Jessica Eleuterio were walking on their way home after attending a hearing at the barangay hall of Tonsuya regarding a complaint of attempted robbery against Jeric by his neighbor when he was shot in the head and body by a gunman.
    
The suspect, described as about 40 years old, of medium built, with tattoo on the left arm and wearing black sleeveless shirt, walked casually away after the killing while his unidentified cohort, who served as lookout, immediately fled.
    
Police recovered at the crime scene four empty shells and a fired bullets for cal. .45 pistol while a bystander, who refused to be identified, said the victim was involved in illegal drug activity.
    
In Caloocan City, Saidamen Patani, 26, of 1196 Durian Ext., Bgy. 178, Camarin; Fernando Cabrera, 51, construction worker, of Phase 9, Package 8, Block 81, Lot 15, Bgy. 176, Bagong Silang; and Arby Buccast, 40, of Block 100, Lot 13, North Ville, Bgy. 171, Bagumbong, were inside their house when armed men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, barged in and shot the victims repeatedly.
    
Patani, who is allegedly involved in illegal drug activity, and his live-in partner, April Guntia, were already sleeping in their room when three men believed to be members of vigilante group “Caloocan Death Squad” (CDS), forcibly entered at 3 a.m. and shot the victim, killing him on the spot.
   
Seven empty shells and a slug for cal. .45 pistol were recovered by police at the crime scene.
    
Cabrera was also with his live-in partner Melanie Alasa when he was shot several times in the head and body by two alleged members of the CDS at 7:45 p.m. The victim, according to his neighbor, was involved in drug peddling.
 
Buccast, on the other hand, was already sleeping inside his house past 1 a.m. when he was killed by suspected members of the CDS.
 
In Bgy. 176, Cerna Gaspar, 40, was standing in front of his house at Phase 9, Blk. 108, Lot 7, Bagong Silang, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday when two motorcycle-riding men both wearing bonnets and face masks stopped near him.
 
The back rider pulled out an unknown caliber of handgun and shot the victim once in the head. The suspects then sped away while the victim’s sister, Elsa Garcia, rushed him to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to a single bullet wound in the head while undergoing surgery.
   
In Pasay City, killed were Buenbido Flores Jr., 44, a jeepney barker, and tricycle driver Balong Colandrino, while two others were wounded, including a woman, in separate shooting incidents yesterday.
   
Flores suffered bullet wounds in the body and died on the spot while Colandrino died while being treated at Pasay City General Hospital due to a gunshot wound.
   
The wounded victims, a certain Mylene and unidentified man, sustained a graze wound in the right arm and were released from the hospital after treatment.
   
Police said the first shooting incident took place at 1 a.m. on Apelo Cruz St. wherein Flores was shot dead by riding-in-tandem alleged members of Deadly Death Squad.
   
Police said Flores, a known drug peddler, was playing bingo when the suspects suddenly appeared and shot him from behind several times then fled.
   
Mylene, on the other hand, who was passing by, was hit by a stray bullet.
   
The second incident took place at 9 a.m. on Galvez St. in front of the School for the Blind while Colandrino was driving his tricycle with the unidentified man and woman passengers.
   
Witnesses told police that a motorcycle-riding gunman shot the male passenger but the bullet hit Colandrino.
   
Police said the unidentified man had just come from a hearing at the Pasay City court on drug charges.