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Vigilantes, cops kill 9 drug personalities

  • Written by Edd Reyes & Arlene Rivera
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LIVE-IN partners allegedly involved in illegal drug activities were among the six  suspected drug personalities killed by vigilantes and policemen in separate shooting incidents while two alleged drug pushers, including a minor, were also killed in encounters with police Tuesday in Caloocan and Mandaluyong cities.

Michael Dauz, 32, of Phase 3, Package 1, Block 18, Lot 6,  Tala, and his live-in partner, Jennifer Mendoza, 35, were on board a tricycle and cruising along the road in Phase 9, Package 1, Bgy. 178, Bagong Silang, when riding-in-tandem suspects, both wearing bonnets and face masks, blocked their path at 9:50 p.m. and shot them, killing them instantly.
    
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said police investigators learned from residents in the area that the victims were involved in illegal drug activities while a barangay official told police that they received information that the couple were allegedly drug couriers.
    
Seven empty shells and two deformed slugs were recovered by elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) at the crime scene.
    
At 11:40 p.m., two unidentified armed men, wearing bonnets and face masks shot dead Warlito Capili, 48, jobless, while the latter was standing in front of his house at Block 45, Lot 18, 2B Northville, Bgy.  171, Bagumbong.
    
After the killing, the suspects immediately escaped on board a motorcycle without plate number. A victim’s neighbor, who refused to be identified, told police that Capili was involved in using and selling illegal drugs.
    
In Bgy. 177, an unidentified man, described as about 25 to 30 years old and with tattoos in the body was shot dead while standing along Dhalia Street, Camarin, at 10:30 p.m.
    
Elements of Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 5 recovered a transparent plastic sachet of suspected shabu from the right pocket of the victim’s short pants.
    
At 9:40 p.m., Rodrigo Natividad Jr., tricycle driver, of Blk. 106, Lot 4, Phase 8A, Package 7, Bgy. 178, Bagong Silang, was waiting for passengers in front of a fast-food restaurant at the corner of Langit Road and NHA Street when two MC-riding men wearing bonnets and face masks shot him several times in the head and body, killing him instantly.
    
After the killing, the suspects sped away.
   
Police recovered three empty shells and a deformed slug for cal. .45 pistol at the crime scene. A transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu was also found inside the toolbox of the victim’s motorcycle.
    
In Bgy. 187, Jhonard Leoligio, 32, of Bayabas St., Samaria Village, Tala, was waiting for a friend in front of the house of Sanico Caludio Jr., 48, on Langka St., Samaria Village, at around 9:10 p.m. when RIT suspects, believed to be members of vigilante group, arrived and shot him several times.
    
Caludio told police that the suspects, wearing bonnets and face masks, sped away after the killing. Barangay executive officer Rommel Victorio Jr. said the victim was involved in illegal drug trade.
    
Earlier at 4:20 p.m., elements of Caloocan Police Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) were conducting “Oplan-Galugad” in Guido 1, Bgy. 33, Maypajo, when they spotted a group of men transacting illegal drugs.
    
The suspects, upon sensing the presence of policemen, scampered to different directions,  prompting the lawmen to chase them. One of the suspects, Gary Abata, 32, went straight to his shanty, drew his firearm and opened fire at the pursuing cops.
    
PO3 Angelito Gagarin and PO2 Froilan Deocaris returned fire, killing the victim. A cal. .22 Magnun revolver, a pouch containing two plastic sachets containing shabu and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the slain suspect.
 
Senior Supt. Almazan said that during the operation, four other suspected drug personalities, identified as Renato Cordero, 56, of 108 Guido II, James Manalo, 31, of 110 Guido II, Victor Cyrus Adducol, 30, of B-7, L-10, Pampano St., Longos, Malabon City; and Melencio Macabontoc II, 29, of B-48, L-16, Longos, were arrested and will be charged with violation of RA 0165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 before the Caloocan City Prosecutor’s Office.
   
In Mandaluyong City, a minor, said to be on the police drug watchlist, was gunned down by an unidentified suspect while playing guitar in front of a sari-sari store.
   
According to Senior Supt. Joaquin Alva, Mandaluyong police chief, John Paul Diamsay, alias Bornok, 17, construction worker, of Block 34, Welfareville Compound, Bgy. Addition Hills, was shot dead in a store near  his house at 7 p.m.
   
Alva said the teenager was playing his guitar when a suspect wearing bull cap, white T-shirt and slippers suddenly emerged.
   
The suspect approached the teenager and shot him in the head, killing him on the spot.
   
Police said the victim is on the drug watchlist of Bgy. Addition Hills.
   
However, Alva said, they are still verifying if the victim and the person listed on the drug watchlist as one alias Bornok is the same person, who was killed by the suspect.
   
But he said there are information that the teenager was a known drug pusher not only in Bgy. Addition Hills.
   
Police are still conducting a thorough investigation into the incident.
   
Meanwhile in Marikina City, one Romeo Mallari, alias Omeng, 42, of 8 Magnolia St., Olandes, Bgy. IVC, was killed  by unidentified suspects.
   
Police said Mallari, a known drug pusher, was shot dead on Abello St., Olandes, at 11:30 p.m.