FOUR suspected drug personalities were killed, two of them forcibly pulled and dragged outside their house, by suspected members of the “Caloocan Death Squad” in separate shooting incidents before dawn yesterday and Monday night in Caloocan City.
An unidentified man was reportedly killed at 5 a.m. yesterday in Phase 3, Villa Crystal, North Ville, Bgy. 171, Bagumbong.
A witness, who refused to be identified, told police that he heard three successive gunfire at around 5 a.m. but he hesitated to come out due to continued rain. Police said nobody from the area knew the victim, leading probers that he was just brought there to be shot dead.
Earlier at 1:50 a.m., Ribert Joshua Cabili, 25, of 1529 CBY, Barracks II, and Glen Sapolingan, 20, of 1039 St. Lukes, Bgy. 186, Tala, were playing “cara y cruz” in front of a burger station on St. Peter St., Tala, Malaria, when six men on three motorcycles, all wearing bonnets, arrived in the area.
Three back riders alighted and opened fire at the victims, hitting Cabili in the head, killing him instantly while Sapolingan was hit in the right leg and pretended to be dead.
After the killing, the suspects sped away while Sapolingan was rushed by his relatives to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital where he was placed under observation.
Homicide investigator PO2 Romel Caburog said Sapolingan’s father Servando admitted to police that his son and Cabili were using illegal drugs.
At 10:30 p.m. Monday, Adan King Gatdula, 35, was inside his house at 1038 A. Mabini St., Bgy. 33, and watching television with his brothers and sisters when four armed men, all wearing bonnets, barged in and pulled him outside.
The suspects shot Gatdula repeatedly in the head and body that caused his untimely death. Police recovered at the crime scene five empty shells and four deformed bullets for unknown caliber of firearms and two plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
Gatdula’s brother admitted to police that the victim was involved in using and selling illegal drugs in their area.
In Bgy. Bagong Silang, Michael Mendoza, 33, was repairing a cellphone inside his house at Phase 3, Package 2, Block 3, Lot 3, at 9:10 p.m. when two riding-in-tandem suspects arrived in the area.
The back rider, armed with cal. .45 pistol and wearing bonnet, barged in and dragged Mendoza outside then shot him thrice at close range.
Police are still verifying information gathered from bystanders that the victim was involved in using illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, 23 suspected drug personalities were arrested in different areas in the northern part of Metro Manila during the continuous and intensified implementation of “Oplan Double Barrel” and “Oplan Galugad” by different city police stations and District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID) Monday night up to yesterday morning.
Northern Police District (NPD) director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo commended the city chief of police of Caloocan, Malabon, Navo-tas and Valenzuela (Camanava) and the DAID-NPD for their relentless efforts in the campaign against illegal drugs.
In Malabon City, arrested were Angelica Fernandez Adonal by virtue of warrant for violation of RA 9165, along with Bibica Prado, Dondon Orbong Cir and Julius Sugali Royo, at Blk. 8, Lot 5, Phase 3E, Pampano St., Bgy. Longos. Recovered from the three suspects were aluminum foil with burnt substance, improvised tooter and two disposable lighters.
In Caloocan, SAID-SOTG of North Extension Office (NEO) arrested seven suspects during Oplan Galugad in North Caloocan.
Senior Supt. Fajardo said operatives of SAID-SOTG arrested Rosalie Sungalao and Reynard Gagana while beat patrollers, together with Barangay Police Action Team (BPAT), arrested Rowena Vargas and Elvis Arturo Amanduran and three others in Phase 2 Tierra Nova, Bgy. 171. Several pieces of drug paraphernalia and a plastic sachet containing suspected shabu were recovered from them.
In Navotasy, joint elements of SAID-SOTG and Warrant and Subpoena Section arrested Aries Siva Ares for possession of a plastic sachet of shabu in Bgy. NBBN while in Valenzuela City while seven others were arrested in Kaingin St., Bgy. Parada.
Six of them were identified as Louie Carting, 32, of Ilocto Compound, Sampalok St., Santulan Road, Gen. T. De Leon; Rodel Gallego, 35, his brother Rowell Gallego, 31, both of 468 Kaingin St., Parada; Sherwin Lauz, 37, of 525 Eugenio St., Parada, Jaytee Reyes, 48, of 148 Parada; and Enrico Pamintuan, 44, of Tata Andres St., Parada.
Rodel and his brother Rowell yielded an undetermined quantity of suspected shabu while the four others were caught sniffing shabu inside Gallego’s house.