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‘Vigilantes,’ cops kill 3 more drug suspects

  • Written by Edd Reyes
  • Published in Metro
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THREE more suspected drug personalities were killed during police operations and by suspected vigilantes in separate shooting incidents Wednesday night and before dawn yesterday in Caloocan City.

Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said Crisostomo Diaz, 51, and his minor son Crisostomo Jr. were already sleeping inside their house on Tambakol St., Bgy. 28,   when three armed men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, forcibly barged in past 12 a.m. yesterday.
    
The suspects ordered the boy to go out of the house before they repeatedly shot his father. After the killing, the suspects fled on board three motorcycles without plate numbers and driven by their cohorts.
    
Police recovered at the scene five empty shells for unknown caliber of firearm which will be submitted to PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic examination. Police learned from barangay tanod Renato Aquino that the victim was involved in using and selling illegal drugs.
    
Earlier at 11 p.m. Wednesday, elements of Caloocan Police Station Intelligence Branch (SIB) conducted a buy-bust operation against Michael Mercado, 39, jobless, of 2230 Sitio Matarik Lower, Bgy. 175, Camarin.
 
Chief Insp. Alfredo Lim of SIB said Mercado, after sensing that he was dealing with policemen, pulled out a gun and fired at PO2 Danbeth Geronga and PO2 Trumpo Abayon, poseur buyers, but missed.
    
Operatives returned fire, killing Mercado instantly. Police recovered from him an unknown caliber of firearm, two small plastic sachets containing marijuana dried leaves and four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu while a fan knife and another three plastic sachets of shabu were found in his pocket.
 
At 9:45 p.m., another team from SIB, led by SPO3 Venancio Santiago, conducted a buy-bust operation against Susan Batac, 40, and his live-in partner Flor-john Cruz, 34, in front of their house at 29-A Baltazar III St., 10th Avenue, Bgy. 69, Grace Park.
   
While a poseur-buyer was dealing with Batac, Cruz sensed that his live-in partner was dealing with policemen, prompting him to draw his firearm and fired at the lawmen while running inside his house.
 
Policemen returned fire, killing Cruz on the spot, while Batac and their alleged courier, identified as Fitzgerald Tan, 33, of Block 15, Lot 1, White Lily St., Victoneta Village, Bgy. Potrero, Malabon City, were arrested after the shootout.
   
Police recovered from the slain suspect a cal. .38 revolver and four heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu.
    
Police also recovered from Batac a plastic sachet of shabu and the marked P300.