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7 killed for drugs in Bulacan, Pampanga; bgy kagawad held

  • Written by Rudy J. Abular, Bernard Galang & Zaida Delos Reyes-Palanca
  • Published in Provincial
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FIVE of six suspected drug personalities were killed by unidentified suspects in Bulacan while two others were killed by police operatives in Pampanga and Angeles City.

Acting Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr. said the fatalities -- Gregorio Castillo alias Juan, 29, Ada Ravien Torne, 35, Reynaldo Santos, alias Bare, 46,  aliases Jason and Alma -- were killed by unidentified suspects while allegedly conducting pot session Wednesday night in Plaridel, Bulacan.
   
Reports said the incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. inside a residential house in Bgy. Banga, 1st Plaridel.
   
The victims were inside the house owned by Alma  having pot session when the suspects armed with cal. .45 pistol and 5.56 M16 rifle shot the victims repeatedly.
   
After the incident, the suspects fled towards unknown direction.
   
Residents in the area heard the commotion but due to fear they prompted not to meddle and waited until the gunshots stop.
   
Responding policemen recovered 11 empty shells for 5.56 M16 rifle, three pieces for cal. .45 pistol, three deformed ammunition  and 11 plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
   
Bodies of the victims were taken to Superior Funeral Homes in Barangay Bintog, Plaridel, Bulacan for autopsy.
   
A notorious dug pusher was killed in a shootout while a barangay kagawad was arrested in separate anti-narcotics operations in Pampanga.
   
Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino, Police Regional Office 3 director, identified the fatality as Aplo Sakopan Kapalan, 28, a native of Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, presently residing in Sta. Ines, Bgy. Betis, Guagua, Pampanga.
   
Aquino said the suspect was negotiating a drug deal with an undercover narcotic agent in Bgy. San Juan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, late Tuesday nightwhen he opted to fight it out after sensing the deal was an entrapment.
   
The suspect died on the spot due to multiple bullet wound in his body after the firefight.
   
Police seized from his possession a cal. .38 revolver with live bullets, six heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu weighing 120.83 grams with street value of P543,375, a Honda XRM Red (5919PH) and P9,000 in marked money.
   
Aquino said the entire Central Luzon police force is continuously keeping on its toes to eradicate all forms of illegal drugs in the region as well as ensure the safety and security of the general public especially now that the Yuletide season is just around the corner. 
   
In Mexico town, anti-illegal drugs operatives on Tuesday arrested a barangay councilman during a drug-bust operation on 2th St., Bgy.  Parian.
   
Emerson Margate, regional director of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Luzon, identified the village official as Renier P. Dimacali, 44, and a second termer barangay councilman of Parian.
   
Armed with a search warrant, PDEA agents, assisted by elements of the Philippine Army’s “Task Force Noah” and local police, arrested Dimacali in his house at 11:30 a.m.
 
Margate said they place Dimacali under strict surveillance after considering him as a high-value target because of his involvement in illegal drugs despite being a government official.
   
The suspect yielded nine plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing five grams with an estimated street value of P23,000, drug paraphernalia, 10 live ammunition and 15 empty shells for cal. .45 pistol.
 
Dimacali is now detained at the PDEA 3 Jail in Camp Olivas while charges for violation of Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) and 12 (possession of drug paraphernalia) of RA 9165 and RA10591 were filed against him in court.
   
In Angeles City, police director Senior Supt. Sidney Villaflor identified the suspect killed in Bgy. Ninoy Aquino as Howel Canlas.
   
At 2:30 a.m., Canlas reportedly sold P500 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer and sensed that it was a buy-bust operation. He allegedly drew a firearm and fired a shot, prompting policemen to retaliate that resulted in his death.
   
Supt. Noli Asuncion said a cal. .38 revolver with four live ammunition and an empty shell and two sealed sachets of suspected shabu were confiscated from the suspect’s body.
   
At 3 a.m., police received an information that two male bodies were dumped in a grassy area of Jaoville, Bgy. Pandan.
   
Police said the bodies were covered by a carton with annotation, “Pusher ako ng droga wag tularan”.
   
The victims’ hands were tied with iron wire and their bodies bore gunshot wounds.
   
Found at the scene were seven cartridges for cal. .45 and six fired cartridges for 9mm.