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7 drug suspects killed in 4 Metro shootouts

  • Written by Edd Reyes, Arlene Rivera & Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
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SEVEN suspected drug personalities were killed in separate shooting incidents in Caloocan, Malabon, Marikina and Quezon cities.

Oscar dela Cruz, 38, was already inside his house in Manggahan A, Lla-no, Bgy. 167, when suspected members of vigilante group “Caloocan Death Squad” forcibly barged in at 11:45 p.m. and shot him in the head.

Bgy. 167 night shift executive officer Gilbert Violante said about seven suspects, all wearing bonnets and face masks, escaped on board four motorcycles without license plates after the killing.

Police learned that the victim had recently been arrested for possession of illegal drugs but was later released after posting bail. His name was also included in the drug watchlist of Bgy. 167 but refused to surrender to the police during the conduct of “Oplan Tokhang.”

In Bgy. Bagong Barrio, known drug pusher Bryan Cervantes, 28, of 450 Malolos Avenue, was shot dead by elements of Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1 when he allegedly tried to engage lawmen in a shootout.

Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said elements of PCP-1 conducted a buy-bust operation against Cervantes at 3:15 p.m. in front of his house but while in the middle of the drug transaction, the suspect, upon sensing that he was dealing with a police, drew his gun and fired at the direction of a police decoy but missed.
    
Operatives, who were at the perimeter area, returned fire, killing  Cervantes. A cal. .38 snub-nose revolver and a small plastic box containing dried marijuana leaves were recovered from the slain suspect.
 
PCP-1 commander Chief Insp. Avelino Protacio said Cervantes was included in the drug watchlist of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) and was subjected to “Oplan Tokhang” but refused to surrender to the police and instead continued selling illegal drugs.
   
In Malabon City, two Filipino-Chinese brothers allegedly involved in illegal drug activities were killed when they shot it out with policemen during a buy-bust operation Thursday night.
    
District Special Operations Unit (DSOU)) of Northern Police District (NPD) head Supt. Ali Jose Duterte said Reggie Wong, 40, of 103 Villonco St., Bgy. Concepcion, and his elder brother Charlie, 44, of O’este St., Alvarez Ext., Bgy. 267, Tondo, Manila, died on the spot when they tried to engaged lawmen in a shootout.
    
Prior to the incident, joint elements of DSOU, District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID) and District Police Security Battalion (DPSB) conducted a buy-bust operation against Reggie Wong, with one of the team members acting as poseur buyer at 10:20 p.m. in front of his house
 
After handling a sachet of shabu to the poseur-buyer in exchange for P500 marked money, Reggie ran inside his house after sensing the presence of policemen, took his firearm and opened fire at the operatives.
   
An exchange of gunfire ensued until Reggie was hit in his body while his brother, who was posted near the bathroom, tried to pull the pin of a hand grenade which prompted policemen to shoot him dead.
 
Supt. Duterte said Reggie Wong, who was included in the drug watchlist of Malabon City police, was also involved in a series of robbery-holdup incidents in Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela and nearby cities.
 
Malabon police investigators PO3 Julius Mabasa and PO1 Joenel Claro said a cal. .38 revolver loaded with four empty shells, a hand grenade and eight transparent plastic sachets containing shabu were recovered at the crime scene.
   
In Marikina City, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a shootout with police officers following a buy-bust operation in Thursday night.
   
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt.Romulo Sapitula said Emmanuel Villegas, alias Bong Hapon, 36, of 18 G.Del Pilar St., Bgy. Parang, died from gunshot wounds in the body.
   
Sapitula said Villages is listed on the Marikina City police’s watchlist as pusher and user.
   
Police said Villages was killed after a clash with elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID) while conducting buy-bust operation on G. Del Pilar St. cor. Gen. Ordoñez Ave. at 7:28 p.m.
   
Prior to the incident, a policeman posing as buyer strick a deal with the suspect and was able to buy drugs.
   
When the suspect handed the shabu, police tried to arrest him but the posuer buyer noticed that the suspect has a gun.
   
The cop introduced himself as policeman, but the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the  cop, prompting police teams to return fire, hitting the suspect.
   
Recovered at the crime scene were a spent shell and live ammunition.
   
In QC, two drug suspects included in the drug watchlist of QCPD Station 1 were killed during a buy-bust operation in Bgy. Manresa yesterday  morning.
   
Acting QCPD director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar identified the slain suspects as Edwin Corpin, alias “Baltik”, 44, of 190 Panalturan St., Bgy Manresa, and a notorious drug pusher in Bgys. Manresa, Matuto and Sto. Domingo surrendered in an Oplan Tokhang last July 1, 2016 and Paul Kenneth Borja, who acted as Corpin’s drug runner/courier.
   
A report gathered from the QCPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said the incident happened at 2:15 a.m.
   
Station Anti-illegal Drugs (SAID)  operatives of QCPD Station 1, led by Senior Insp. Felipe A. Tumibay, conducted a buy-bust operation against Corpin on Mauban St. near corner Banawe and Igdalig St., Bgy Manresa.
   
The suspect was about to give the shabu to the undercover operative when Borja sensed that they were dealing with a police and shouted, “Mga pulis ’yan!”. The suspects drew their guns and fired at the operatives who had no recourse but to shoot back, killing the two.
   
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), led by Chief Insp. Mary Grace Alvarez, recovered at the scene five plastic sachets of undetermined quantity of shabu, a cal. .45 pistol with magazine loaded with live ammunition, a cal. .38 revolver loaded with a live ammunition and three fired cartridges, eight empty cartridges, one for 5.56mm, six 9mm and one cal. .45.