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8 drug suspects killed, 30 nabbed

  • Written by Edd Reyes, Itchie G. Cabayan, Melnie Ragasa-Jimena & Arlene Rivera
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Eight drug personalities, including a widow, were killed while 24 others were arrested in Navotas, Manila, Malabon, Valenzuela and Quezon cities, police reported yesterday.

The bloodied body of Evangelyn Torrevillas, 47, a widow, was discovered by her daughter Jhoana Marie, 22, sprawled inside her house in Buknong Diwa, Road 10, Bgy. North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), Navotas City, at 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio said the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the head. An empty shell, two fired bullets and a deformed slug for unknown caliber of firearm were recovered by police at the crime scene.

Found on Torrevillas body was a white bond paper with the written words “Katarungan sa biktima ng droga! Drug den bahay ko! Tulak pa ako, salot sa lipunan.”

Navotas police homicide investigator PO3 Philipi Edgar Valera theorized that the victim’s house was being used as a drug den.

In Quezon City, police gunned down three drug suspects and arrested eight others in three separate anti-illegal drug operations in two barangays in the city.
A report gathered from the QCPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said the first  operation was conducted at about 8:05 p.m.
Operatives of QCPD PS-6 Station Anti-Illegal Drugs conducted a buy-bust operation against Mark Anthony Galindez at his residence at Unit 5, Adarna Ext., Purok 16, Bgy. Commonwealth.
Galindez was reportedly a known drug pusher in the area and listed on the drug watchlist of PS-6.
A police officer posed as a buyer and was able to purchase shabu worth P1,000, but the suspect sensed that he was transacting with an operative so he pulled out his handgun and fired at the lawmen. Other operatives retaliated, hitting the suspect. The suspect was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center but to no avail.
Three other suspects were caught in an adjacent house while having a shabu session and were immediately arrested.
At 11:50 p.m., anti-illegal drugs operatives of QCPD PS-4 conducted a buy-bust operation against Eller Santos at his residence at No. 6 King Francis St., Kingspoint Subd., Bgy. San Bartolome, QC.
During the transaction, Santos’ cohorts, identified as Aian Mabayra, alias Dodoy, and Ronald Flandez, sensed that Santos was transacting with police so they pulled out their guns and fired at the operatives. A shootout ensued, resulting in the serious wounding of Mabayra and Flandez. They were declared dead on arrival at Novaliches District Hospital. Santos was arrested unhurt by the operatives.
Meanwhile, at 1:30 a.m. yesterday, QCPD PS-4 operatives conducted Oplan Galugad at 28 Geronimo St., Bgy. Sta. Monica, Novaliches, QC. Upon arrival, they saw the suspects, through a partially opened door of a shanty, engaged in a shabu session.
The operatives arrested Chris Cristobal Flores, 30, Joshua Domingo, 24, Jojo Valdez, 30, Peter Bryan dela Cruz, 29, and Jaime Pascual, 21.
In Manila, two suspected drug pushers were killed after they allegedly fought off policemen who were arresting them in separate buy-bust operations conducted by the Manila Police District (MPD).
SPO1 Joseph Kabigting of the MPD-Crimes Against Persons Investigation Section (CAPIS) said that the first operation was carried out at 5:15 p.m. the other day by the MPD-District Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Group (DAID-SOTG).  Killed in that operation was suspect Garizaldy Abia, 35, of 144-B Loreto St., Sampaloc, Manila.
It was learned that a buy-bust operation was made at the suspect’s home but the suspect felt that he was dealing with a policeman so he allegedly chose to shoot it out with the police, causing his instant death. A .38 revolver, three plastic sachets of shabu and the P200 marked money used in the operation were recovered at the scene.
SPO2 Charles John Duran, meantime, said that at around 11:30 p.m of the same day, suspect Rogelio Guanezo, 52, of 1988 G. Perfecto St., Tondo, was also shot dead by operatives from the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operations Task Unit (SAID-SOTU), after it received information regarding the alleged illegal drug activities  of the suspect.
Just like the first incident, the suspect also allegedly sensed that the buyer was a policeman posing as such, so the suspect fired at the police and got killed when the cops fired back.
Police said they recovered from the suspect a home-made gun, a plastic sachet of shabu and the P200 marked money used in the buy-bust operation.
In Caloocan City, a 43-year-old tricycle driver who was reportedly involved in illegal drug trade was gunned down by members of vigilante group “Caloocan Death Squad” (CDS) Thursday night.
Bernardino Andres, alias “Ulo”, of Block 3, Lot 31, Phase 3, Topaz St., Natividad Village, Gate 3, Deparo, was talking to a friend on Cabanatuan St., Bgy. 168, when four unidentified men on board two motorcycles without plate numbers arrived at 6:20 p.m.
One of the back riders, armed with unknown caliber of firearm, wearing helmet and face mask, alighted and shot the victim several times in the head and body that caused his untimely death.
After the killing, the assailant returned to his companion waiting on a motorcycle and sped away. Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered five empty shells and two deformed slugs for unknown caliber of firearm at the crime scene.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said the victim was the subject of several complaints from the residents in the area for his involvement in illegal drug activities.
In Marikina, a suspected drug pusher was gunned down after he traded shots with police operatives following a buy-bust operation Thursday night.
Killed was Alvin Borja, alias Akwano, 23, of Road 2 Iwahig St., Doña Petra, Bgy. Tumana.
Senior Supt. Lorenzo Holanday Jr., Marikina police chief, said recovered from Borja were sachets of suspected shabu, drug parapheralia and an improvised firearm or sumpak with ammunition.
Holanday said elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID) set to conduct a buy-bust operation against “Akwano” on information that he was involved in illegal drug-peddling activities at said barangay.      
A policeman posing as a buyer bought shabu from the suspect and as he handed the illegal drugs, he was nabbed.
However, the suspect  resisted and engaged the lawmen in a shootout.
The suspect was taken to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
According to Holanday, the slain suspect is the 16th drug personality killed in a police operations since the Marikina police implemented the Oplan Double Barrel from July 1 to November 7.
Meanwhile, the Northern Police District (NPD) bagged 16 suspected drug users, pushers and wanted persons in its “One-Time, Big-Time” operation Thursday night in Malabon and Valenzuela cities.
Malabon police chief Senior Supt. John Chua said that at 6 p.m., his men arrested seven suspects who have pending arrest warrants issued by different regional trial courts. They were identified as Emmanuel Santos, who is facing drug charges, Joven Diaz (gun trafficking), Fortunato Montejas (theft), Dominador Napoles (rape), Ronald Aldana and Mark Lester Gonzales (violence against women and their children, and Merlita Agsangre (maltreatment).
The suspects were temporarily detained at the Malabon police detention cell pending the issuance of commitment order by their respective courts.
In Bgy. Santulan, elements of Malabon Police Anti-Illegal Drugs, led by PO3 Rommel Abarro, arrested Nelson Infaso, 18, Christian Francisco, 35, and Marichu Santos, 43, while Antonio Abejo, Estelita Abejo, Maricris Antonio in Bgy. Tañong. Jomar Canindo was arrested in Bgy. Potrero. The suspects yielded several plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu.
In Valenzuela City, elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group (SAID-SOTG) arrested two alleged notorious drug pushers.
City police chief Senior Supt. Ronald Mendoza identified the suspects as Leo Mendizabal, alias “Kulot,” who was arrested in Bgy. Karuhatan; and Jessie Sameniano, who was nabbed in Bgy. Gen. T. De Leon.
Four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were recovered by arresting lawmen from the suspects.