Eight suspected drug pushers were killed in separate shootouts during buy-bust operations while four others were arrested Friday night and yesterday in Caloocan, Navotas, Manila, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Taguig cities.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said Markvinn Baldemo and Edmar Gandela were gunned down by elements of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1 in a shootout at 4:30 a.m. yesterday.
Almazan said elements of PCP-1, led by PO3 Carlo Hernandez, were conducting a buy-bust operation inside the suspects’ rented room at 84 Building Compound, MacArthur Highway, Bgy. 81, when the two, upon sensing that they were dealing with policemen, pulled out their handguns and fired at the officers.
The operatives were able to seek cover and returned fire, hitting and killing the suspects. Two cal. .38 revolvers and four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were recovered from the slain suspects.
In Navotas City, elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) shot dead Nolasco Santos, jobless, of Los Martirez St., Bgy. San Jose, when he engaged lawmen in a shootout during buy-bust operation.
Navotas police deputy chief for operation Supt. Bernabe Embile said the incident happened at 1:15 a.m. on Los Martirez Street after Santos sensed that he was dealing with a police when he handed a sachet of shabu in exchange for P200 in marked money.
Santos allegedly drew his cal. .38 revolver and fired at the operatives but missed, prompting the lawmen to retaliate and hit him. Though wounded, the suspect managed to run and climbed the roof of his neighbor where he finally succumbed to a bullet wound in the body.
Homicide investigator PO3 Joemir Juhan said a cal. .38 revolver with three live ammunition and a plastic sachet containing undetermined quantity of suspected shabu were recovered from the slain suspect.
Earlier at 9:15 p.m. Friday, Insp. Cecilio Tomas of Caloocan Police SAID-SOTG conducted a buy-bust operation against suspected drug dealers in Block 16, Lot 76, Pusit Alley near Dagat-Dagatan Avenue, Bgy. 12.
A police poseur-buyer was able to buy a plastic sachet of shabu worth P500 from Nova Cruz, 50, and Bernardino Palomo, 32, of Block 16-C, Kamada Compound, but when operatives tried to arrest them, Cruz’s alleged live-in partner, Ryan Pareja, drew a firearm and fired at the direction of lawmen who retaliateed, resulting in his death.
Aside from Cruz and Palomo, police officers also arrested Antonio Cruz, 20, and Milnard Galisio, 21, who were caught in possession of two plastic sachets of shabu. A cal. .9mm pistol, nine plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of suspected shabu, one plastic sachet containing dried marijuana leaves and several drug paraphernalia, including a digital weighing scale, were recovered at the scene.
In Tondo, Manila, a sexagenarian man who is suspected of being a drug pusher died on the spot after being shot by four unidentified men right inside his home the other night.
Felix Martin, 68, said to be a scavenger, of Building 30, Temporary Housing, Tondo, died from a gunshot wound in the head while the suspects and the motive behind the killing remain unknown.
Initial investigation by SPO2 Charles John Duran of the Manila Police District (MPD)-Crimes Against Persons Investigation Section (CAPIS) said the shooting took place at 11 p.m.
The victim’s neighbors told police that they heard gunshots so they went out to check. According to them, they saw four men wearing bonnets and black jackets already speeding away on two plateless motorcycles.
Moments later, they discovered the victim already dead in a pool of his own blood inside his home.
Operatives from the Smokey Mountain Police Community Precinct (PCP) who responded to the scene recovered two plastic sachets of shabu. In Pasig City, a high-value target drug pusher was shot dead by unidentified assailants who forcibly barged into his house on Friday.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula identified the fatality as Alex Kasim, 53, who was killed inside his house at 32 Esguerra St., Bgy. Pinagbuhatan.
Sapitula said Kasim is on the EPD Anti-Illegal Drugs watchlist as level 6 high-value target.
Police the drug suspect was inside his house when two unidentified suspects suddenly arrived at 4:30 p.m. and shot the victim repeatedly in the body, killing him instantly.
The suspects fled after the incident Sapitula said Kasim is a known drug pusher in their area.
Police recovered 10 empty shells for unknown caliber of gun.
In Mandaluyong City, MC-riding suspects shot a drug personality listed on the city police watchlist Friday night.
Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva, Mandaluyong police chief, said Wilmark Carandang, alias Macmac Demonyo, 38, of 124 Private Road, Bgy Hulo, was gunned down at 11:55 p.m.
Reports said Carandang was walking along San Francisco St., Bgy. Plainview, when shot three times by unidentified suspects wearing helmets.
Carandang was pronounced dead on arrival at Mandaluyong City Medical Center.
In Taguig City, a suspected drug pusher, said to be on police drug watchlist, was killed vigilante-style by suspected members of the Deadly Death Squad (DDS) the other day.
Killed was Azadil Ali, of Maharlika Village, who suffered three gunshot wounds in the body.
Police said the incident took place at 10:20 p.m. at PNR Site, Purok 7, Bgy. Western Bicutan.
Police said the suspects, riding an unlicensed motorcycle, left a placard on top of the victim’s body which read, “Huwag tularan pusher ako,” before they escaped.
Police added that the victim was a known drug peddler in his neighborhood and included in the police drug watchlist.