TWO suspected drug personalities, including a barangay traffic enforcer, were killed by suspected members of the vigilante group “Caloocan Death Squad” while an alleged drug peddler was shot dead by lawmen in an anti-illegal drug operation in separate shooting incidents before dawn yesterday and Wednesday night in Caloocan City.
Meanwhile, the Deadly Death Squad also killed two drug suspects in Pasay City.
Ranilo Maydan Jr., 32, and his gay lover Abner Habulan were inside their room at 298 Jerusalem St., Bgy. 150, Bagong Barrio, when three armed men wearing bonnets and face masks forcibly barged in at 1:15 a.m. yesterday.
The suspects dragged Maydan outside and repeatedly shot him, causing his instantaneous death. Police recovered 27 empty shells and 17 deformed bullets for still unknown caliber of firearms at the scene.
Barangay Executive Officer Peter Llamera told police that the victims’ rented room was being used as a drug den.
In Bgy. Bagong Silang, Romeo Luciano, 56, barangay traffic enforcer, of Phase 1-B Package 5, Blk. 36, Lot 6, Bgy. 176, was manning traffic along Langit Road in Phase 9 and Phase 4 when three motorcycle- riding gunmen, all wearing helmets and face masks, approached him at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday.
The back rider pulled out an unknown caliber of firearm and shot Luciano thrice in the head, killing him instantly.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said some residents in the area revealed to police investigators that Luciano was involved in illegal-drug activity.
At 3:20 p.m., elements of Caloocan Police Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (SAIDSOTG) were conducting “Oplan Galugad” when they chanced upon a group of individuals selling illegal drugs in Tupda Village, Bgy. 8.
The group immediately scampered to different directions, prompting lawmen to chase them. One of the suspects, later identified as Garnet Ravana, 40, of Block 3, Tupda Village, allegedly opened fire at the pursuing policemen, who returned fire, hitting him in the body.
Ravana was rushed to Caloocan City Medical Center where he was declared dead on arrival.
The other suspects, identified as Alma Ravana, 35, wife of the slain suspect, Rowena Rufo, 30 of B-5 Hernandez St., Bgy. Catmon, Malabon City; Robin Canlang, 36, Norjie Cinco, 42, both of Tugatog Cemetery, and Joseph Malasaga, 37, of 1141 Salmon St., Bgy. 8, Dagat-Dagatan, were arrested by pursuing policemen.
Recovered from the slain suspect was a cal. .22 Magnum while the arrested suspects yielded three plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.
In Pasay City, two suspected drug pushers and alleged gun-for-hire were shot dead by riding-in-tandem members of the Deadly Death Squad (RIT-DDS) while having a drinking spree inside a videoke bar yesterday in Parañaque City.
The victims, identified as Ruding Tahir and Jeffrey dela Cruz, both resident of Bgy. Baclaran. Tahir and Dela Cruz died from several bullet wounds in their bodies.
The RIT-DDS suspects escaped after the shooting incident.
Police said the incident took place at 3 a.m. inside Joyukis Videoke Bar on Airport Road, Baclaran.
The victims were in a drinking spree when the suspects, who were wearing bonnet, arrived.
Witnesses told police that the suspects approached the victims from behind and shot them several times.
They said Tahir tried to run outside but fell dead just at the doorsteps of the bar. Dela Cruz, on the other hand, run inside the comfort room, where he died.
Police recovered empty shells for cal. .45 and cal. 9mm pistols at the crime scene.