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DDS, CDS, masked men kill 12 drug suspects

  • Written by Edd Reyes, Jeffrey C. tiangco & Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Metro
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AT least 12 drug personalities were killed by members of the vigilante groups “Caloocan Death Squad” and “Deadly Death Squad” and masked men in Caloocan, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasig and Pateros.

Nine of the suspects were killed in less than nine hours until dawn yesterday in separate incidents in Caloocan and Navotas cities.

Erwin Bernal, 45, of 14 Pag-asa St., Bgy. 147, Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City, was sitting in front of his house when he was peppered with bullets by two suspected motorcycle-riding CDS members at 3 a.m. yesterday.
    
Residents in the area condemned the killing, saying Bernal was a good man but police said the victim was using illegal drugs and recently surrendered to the police’s “Oplan Tokhang.” Two empty shells for cal. .45 pistol were recovered by police at the crime scene.
    
At 1:30 a.m., Gerald Cruz, 33, and Gilbert Purgatoryo, 27, both of PNR Compound, Bgy. 73, Sangandaan, were reportedly conversing along an alley of PNR Compound when two men, both wearing face masks, appeared and shot them repeatedly.
    
Purgatoryo died on the spot while Cruz passed away while undergoing surgery at Caloocan City Medical Center.
    
The victim’s relative, who refused to be identified for fear of reprisal, identified one of the assailants as PO1 Dennis Custodio, allegedly a resident in a nearby barangay. He is now in custody of Caloocan police for investigation.
    
Cruz’s aunt, who witnessed the incident, said she was able to identify Custodio when the latter removed his face mask when he boarded a motorcycle driven by a cohort.
    
Earlier at 11:40 p.m. Monday, Henry Aribaca, tricycle driver, of Phase 10B, Package 5, Blk. 63, Lot 11, Bgy. Bagong Silang, was inside his house when unidentified armed men wearing bonnets and face masks barged in and shot him repeatedly in the head and body, causing his untimely death.
    
In Bgy. Camarin, a  certain Lucas Padlang was shot repeatedly in the head and body by two suspected members of CDS. Aribaca and Padlang were allegedly involved in illegal drug activities.
    
At 9 p.m., Ranalyn Dangcalan, 36, of Package 2B, Phase 6, Bgy.  178, Camarin, was walking in Phase 6 when two men on a motorcycle shot her dead at close range.
    
Police said Dangcalan was a known drug user and was involved in peddling illegal drugs to addicts in Camarin area.
    
An hour before Dang-calan was killed, Valentino Naraga, of 2687 Bernadette St., Bgy. 186, was inside his abode when two men shot him repeatedly , killing him on the spot. The suspects fled on a motorcycle.
    
In Navotas City, a still unidentified man, described as about 30 to 35 years old, 5’7” tall, wearing black boxer shorts and white T-shirt with tattoos in the chest and right leg, was found beneath the pumping station at the corner of Phase 1 and C-3 Road, Bgy. North Bay Boulevard South, at 1:55 a.m. yesterday.
    
Homicide investigator PO2 Paul Roma said the victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
 
Earlier at 7 p.m. Monday, an unidentified man with gunshot wounds in the head and body was found floating along the shore of Chungkang Baywalk, Bgy. Tanza.
 
PO2 Roma said the victim, described as about 45 to 50 years old, 5’10” in height with tribal tattoo on the left shoulder, was discovered by fisherman Leonardo Pascual, who reported the incident to the police.
   
In Parañaque City and Pateros, two suspected drug pushers were shot dead by RIT-DDS.
   
Police said at 11:30 p.m. Monday on Masville Avenue, Purok 3, Bgy. BF, Jeremian Magno, 32, sustained five bullet wounds in the body.
   
The victim was shot while standing in the area just meters away from his house. The suspects escape just as he fell dead on the ground.
   
Police said the victim was a known drug pusher in his neighborhood.
   
In Pateros, Daniel Yusay, 22, another suspected drug peddler, jobless, of 60 E. Ragas Subd., Sta. Ana, was gunned down in front of his house by a group of RIT-DDS at 1 a.m. yesterday. He died on the spot.
   
Witnesses told police that bonnet-wearing suspects approached Yusay and shot him at close range then escaped on their motorcycles.
   
In Pasig City, a drug personality on police watchlist was gunned down by four armed men on board two motorcycles while watching television Monday night.
   
The victim, Allan Salazar Alcantara, alias Casper/Kasmot, of 922 Caruncho Compound, Bgy. Palatiw, was declared dead on arrival at Pasig City General Hospital (PCGH).
   
Alcantara was shot by unidentified suspects infront of the house of his relative at 6:45 p.m.
   
Senior Supt. Orlando Yebra Jr., Pasig police chief, said Alcantara is listed on the drug watchlist of Bgy. Pinagbuhatan.
   
Witnesses said the suspects pulled out a gun and shot the victim repeatedly in the body. The victim, although wounded, was able to run away from the crime scene but later slumped on the pavement.
   
Police recovered three empty shells for  unknown caliber of firearms.
   
According to police, relatives of the victim claimed he used his house as a drug den.
   
It was also learned that a complaint was filed against the victim  before the barangay for maltreating his niece every time he was under the influence of illegal drugs.