Nine suspected drug pushers were killed while 88 suspected drug personalities rounded up during police anti-drug operations in Navotas, Caloocan and Pasig cities.
Five of the fatalities were killed in a shootout while 85 others were rounded up in a “One-Time-Big, Time” (OTBT) anti-criminality operation inside the Navotas Fish Port Complex yesterday morning.
Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novi-cio identified the fatalities as Gerald Butillo, 35, of Kadamay St., North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN); Vicente Batiancilla, alias “Jasper”, 31, of unnumbered house in Market 3, while three others were only identified in their aliases as Champoy, Nono Lome and Alvin Toyo.
Novicio, who spearheaded the operation, said the shootout broke out after the suspects opened fire, prompting the policemen to return fire.
Police recovered from the slain suspects a cal. .380 pistol, three cal. .38 revolvers, a cal. .45 pistol, several sachets containing suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Navotas police head of investigators Insp. Jess Sagisi said the OTBT operation was conducted at 5 a.m. at Market 3 inside the Navotas Fish Port Complex by combined elements of Navotas police, Northern Police District (NPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and District Public Safety Company (DPSC).
During the operation, 85 individuals, suspected to be involved in illegal drug activities, were rounded up by police for record verification.
Sagisi said nine were already placed under arrest, including Arjay Lafuente, 25, Allan Trinocina, 45, and Aldrin Orocay Reyes, who were found with existing warrants of arrest, while six others, identified as Cherish Mose, 20, John Paul Ortiz, 18, Rodel Ordonio 21, Merry Cris Julian 29, Ailyn Zulueta 23, and Marieta Samonte, 23, yielded undetermined quantity of shabu.
In an interview, Supt. Novicio said 80 percent of illegal drugs in the city came from the Navotas Fishport Complex, particularly in Market 3 where hundreds of informal settlers are living.
Novicio said several shanties in Green Zone and Kadamay Street in Market 3 were used as drug dens for entertaining shabu buyers and users on a 24-hour basis.
In Caloocan City, deputy police chief for operation Supt. Ferdinand del Rosario said elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (SAIDSOTG) formed two teams that went on separate ways along the PNR Railways, Daang Bakal, Guido-1 Bgy. 33, past 12 a.m. after receiving reports that a group of men was selling illegal drugs.
At team, led by Insp. Cecilio Tomas Jr. and composed of PO2 Kristoffer San Juan, PO2 Froilan Deocaris, PO2 Eugenard Cruz and PO1 Jomel Aycardo spotted the group of men in the act of selling illegal drugs along the PNR Railways.
When the suspects sensed the presence of policemen, they immediately scampered to different directions while five of them fired at the direction of the lawmen. Policemen returned fire, hitting the three suspects while two of their cohorts were able to escape.
Police recovered from the slain suspects two cal. .38 revolvers, a cal. .22 Magnum and 15 transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of suspected shabu.
Meanwhile, a team led by PO2 Rolando Tagay arrested Julius Sigawat, 25, of 199 Velasco St., Bgy. 10, Francis Macalinao, 48, of 35 Tambacan St., Bgy. 36; and Rolando Mangilit, 38, of 418 Marulas A., Bgy. 36, who were all charged with violation of Sections 12 and 15 of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 before the Caloocan City Prosecutor’s Office.
In Pasig City, a drug suspect, identified as Crisituto Abella, 51, driver, married, of 15-F Dimanlig St., Bgy. San Nicolas, who is on the barangay drug watchlist, was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen while on his way home the other night.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said Abella was killed at 11:45 p.m. on Bedana St., Bgy. San Nicolas.
The RIT suspects, wearing black jacket and helmet, suddenly appeared and repeatedly shot the victim.
The suspects then fled towards Dr. Sixto Antonio Ave., Kapasigan.
The victim was declared dead on arrival at Rizal Medical Center (RMC).
Police recovered empty shells for unkown type of firearm at the crime scene. With Arlene Rivera & Jaemy Glemao