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Slain bgy chairman in Quiapo raid not drug pusher -- relatives

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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THE family of Faiz Macabato, the barangay chairman who was killed in a drug raid in Quiapo the other day which resulted in the death of seven others and the arrest of 263 men, vehemently denied that  Macabato was involved in illegal drugs.

Macabato’s daughter Ainah said if indeed their father was involved in illegal drugs, they should have become rich long ago, stressing that her father is innocent and no evidence has been found or presented by the police to link Macabato to drugs.
   
Macabato was one of the seven who killed in the drug operation which also resulted in the confiscation of hand grenades, various guns and illegal drugs.
   
Imam Omar Embolo agreed with Ainah and called on President Rodrigo Duterte to probe Macabato’s death.
   
Meanwhile, some of those who were rounded up by police were released yesterday after they were cleared of criminal records.
   
Apart from Macabato, the other fatalities in the raid were barangay kagawad Malic Bayantol; Gaus Macabato; and four others who are still unidentified and were declared dead upon arrival at the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital (JJASGH).
   
As early as 5 a.m., some 350 members of the MPD Station 3,  Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) have positioned themselves in the vicinity of the Islamic Center, particularly on Palanca Street near P. Casal up to the area known as “Vietnam Alley.”
   
Reportedly, the confusion began when the MPD-District Police Intelligence Operations Unit and District Special Operations Unit tried to serve a search warrant against a certain Darius Macabato, an alleged “high value target,” and to Alingana Macabato  and Musmir Uzman Macabato, who both allegedly have P1 million bounty on their heads.
   
The chairman allegedly refused to acknowledge the warrant until a heated verbal ensued and led to the shooting incident in front of the barangay hall located at the corner of P. Casal and C. Palanca Streets.  The chairman died from a gunshot wound in the chest.
   
In nearby Fraternal  Street in Quiapo, four were killed allegedly  in an encounter while were rounded up,  including one who had an ID stating he is a commander of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).