THE war on illegal drugs continues in Caloocan city after three more suspected drug pushers were shot dead by lawmen in separate incidents Friday evening while one was killed in front of his wife inside their house by unidentified gunmen shortly before midnight yesterday.
Roberto Pastor, 36, and his wife Melody, 41, were already sleeping inside their house at Block 24 Lot 5 Celina Subdivision, Saranay Homes, Barangay 171 Bagumbong when three armed men, all wearing bonnets and face masks forcibly barged in at around 12:34 a.m. yesterday.
Caloocan Police North Extension Office (NEO) desk officer PO1 Divine Grace Rola said the suspects took turns in shooting to death Roberto in front of his horrified wife before they escaped on board their respective motorcycles.
Several empty shells for caliber .45 and caliber .9 mm pistol were recovered from the crime scene. PO1 Rola said Melody admitted that her husband was involved in illegal drug trade in their barangay.
Earlier at around 8:20 p.m. Friday, elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operation Task Group (SAID-SOTG) arrested Ricardo Simbol, 25, of 57 Molave corner Milagrosa Streets, Barangay 152 Bagong Barrio during a buy-bust operation in front of a convenience store on Reparo Road near corner Sta. Quiteria Street.
Simbol later pointed to Bryan Canama and in alias “John Paul” as his source of shabu, prompting lawmen to conduct a follow-up operation for the arrest of the two in their house at 23 1A Quezon Street, Del Rey Ville 1 Barangay 163 Sta Quiteria.
However, the suspects, upon sensing the presence of operatives drew their respective firearms and engaged lawmen in a shootout. After a brief exchange of gunfire, Canama and his cohort were hit in their heads and bodies that resulted to their instantaneous death.
Recovered from their possession were one caliber .9mm and one caliber .45 pistols and four transparent plastic sachets containing an undetermined quantity of shabu.
In Barangay 28, Police Community Precinct (PCP) 2 commander Chief Insp. Moner Orang ordered his men to respond to a call from concerned citizen regarding an unidentified man roaming along Purok 2 Kawal at around 7:15 p.m. while holding a gun.
A team led by SPO3 Armando Tayag spotted the suspect, later identified as Christopher Dela Cruz, alias “Toper”, 35, of Block 1 LRTB Maypajo, Barangay 34 while brandishing his gun and challenging anyone to a fight.
When the suspect sensed the presence of operatives, he ran prompting lawmen to chase him until he was cornered. Police asked him to surrender but instead, shot the police officers who returned fire and hit the suspect in the head and body, killing him instantly.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said two transparent plastic sachets containing shabu and a caliber .38 revolver were recovered from the slain suspect.