SIX suspected drug personalities were killed while three others were seriously injured in a gun attack allegedly perpetrated by vigilante group “Caloocan Death Squad” (CDS) in separate shooting incidents Sunday and yesterday in Caloocan City.
Meanwhile, in Pasay City, seven drug suspects were arrested by policemen in buy-bust operations.
Joel Torcelino, 36, and his daughter Joanna Marie were inside their house at 115 Bouganivillea St., Bgy. 166, when they heard someone knocking at their door at 1 a.m. yesterday.
When Joel opened the door, one of the three armed men, wearing bonnet and black jacket, barged in and shot the victim in the head and body in front of his horrified daughter, killing him instantly. Police recovered two empty shells and a slug at the scene while a plastic sachet containing suspected shabu was recovered from the victim’s short pants.
The victim’s mother, Perpetua Torcelino, admitted to police that her son was involved in illegal drug activity.
At 7:30 p.m. Sunday, two riding-in-tandem suspects, wearing face masks, peppered with bullets a group of men playing “cara y cruz” along the pathwalk of Phase 4B, Package 8, Bgy. 176, Bagong Silang, killing three players and wounding three others.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan identified the slain victims as Edward Asne, 18, Julius Parolan, 19, and Bely Joe Batingal, 20. Wounded were Benencio Francisco, 45, Boby Sarmiento, 25, and Ernesto Asne, 30, all of Bgy. Bagong Silang.
Almazan said Asne and Parolan died on the spot while Batingal was rushed to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to a bullet wound in the body. Francisco was still confined at FEU Hospital while Sarmiento and Ernesto Asne were under observation at East Avenue Hospital.
The city chief of police already ordered the relief of Senior Insp. Abundio Flores, the station commander of Police Community Precinct (PCPC) 3 which has territorial jurisdiction over the area where the incident happened. Almazan said Flores was temporarily replaced by Ins. Alex Hermoheno.
Police recovered at the crime scene 11 empty shells and three deformed slugs for unknown caliber of firearm while a resident in the area, who refused to identify himself, told police that the victims were involved in illegal drug activities.
In Bgy. Deparo, Sonny Gallegas, 34, was walking along Natividad Village, Bgy. 168, at 5:50 p.m. when he was shot by two men on board a black motorcycle.
Caloocan police homicide investigator PO2 Norman Caranto said a concerned citizen in the area revealed that Gallegas was allegedly using and selling illegal drugs. Six empty shells and four fired bullets for unknown caliber of firearm were recovered at the scene.
At 5:15 p.m., another two MC-riding men, suspected to be CDS members, forcibly barged into the house of Gerald Magat, 27, at Block 11, Lot 36, Bgy. 185, Malaria, and shot him several times in the head and body.
Magat was declareddead on arrival at Tala Hospital. Two empty shells and two deformed slugs for unknown caliber of firearm were recovered by police at the crime scene. The victim’s wife, Mary Ann Magat, admitted to police that her husband was involved in illegal drug trade.
In Pasay City, seven persons, including a father and daughter, were arrested in separate anti-illegal drug operations Sunday night and yesterday morning.
Police identified the suspects as Anthony Tabasa, 41, and his daughter Mea, 22; Elsie Sunglao, 33, and Darwin Commendador, 48, Ronald dela Cruz, 32, Roldan Nantes, 31, and Kenneth Apana, 18.
PO3 Richmond Tobio, of the city police’s Tactical Motorcycle Riding Unit (TMRU), said that at 1:40 a.m., they were conducting Oplan Tokhang on Lawaan St., Barrio Sto. Niño, Bgy. 145, when they chanced upon the elder Tabasa drinking liquor with a friend.
Tobio said Tabasa was arrested for violating a city ordinance prohibiting drinking in public places, but his companion escaped.
At the police station, police said, Tabasa, accompanied by his daughter Mea, discreetly handed over to the latter a pink purse which when inspected yielded six plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.
In a same operation at 12:40 a.m., Sunglao and Commendador were caught in the act of sniffing shabu inside the latter’s house.
Tobio said they found an aluminum foil used as a tooter, a used foil with shabu residue, a plastic sachet with shabu and a lighter.
At 12:10 a.m., Dela Cruz was accosted by authorities after he was seen urinating on an electric post.
“When frisked, Dela Cruz yielded six sachets of suspected shabu in his pocket,” police said.
Nantes was arrested by community police officers for walking along Sun Valley Street half naked from waist up, a violation of another city ordinance. When frisked, police seized a plastic sachet with suspected shabu from him.
Police at 9:30 p.m. Sunday arrested Apana at the Pasay City Public Cemetery and Crematorium after being caught sniffing shabu.
Police said the suspects were charged for violation of Republic Act 9165 aside from separate cases for violation of city ordinances.