FIVE suspected drug personalities, including a woman and a notorious drug pusher, were killed by vigilante group “Caloocan Death Squad” (CDS) and anti-illegal drug police operatives yesterday and Monday night in Caloocan, Malabon, Pasay and Marikina cities.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said Jacqueline Barchita, 27, was with her family inside their house at Phase 3, Pkg. 3, Blk. 84, Lot 7, Bgy. 176, Bagong Silang, when a group of armed men destroyed their main door and smashed the window glass at around 1 a.m. yesterday.
Two of the suspects wearing bonnets and face masks barged in and once inside, shot the victim several times in the body. The victim, who was allegedly involved in illegal drug activities, was rushed by her mother Imelda to Tala Hospital where she succumbed to bullet wounds at 1:30 a.m. Five empty shells and a deformed slug for cal. .45 pistol were recovered at the crime scene.
At 1:30 a.m., Willy Espiritu, 41, was already sleeping inside his house at Blk. 7, Lot 4, Phase 4, Bgy. 168, Natividad Subd., Deparo, when three men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, forcibly barged in and shot him several times in the body, killing him on the spot.
Neighbors of Espiritu told police that the victim was allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade. Four empty shells for cal. .45 pistol were recovered by police at the scene.
In Bgy. 178, Camarin, Rogelio Cama, 53, jobless, was with his live-in partner Irene Marquez inside their house at 5181 San Vicente, Guyabano Dulo, when three alleged members of the CDS, all wearing bonnets and face masks, forcibly barged in at 12:10 a.m.
The suspects ordered Marquez to leave the room before they shot the victim several times in the body that caused his instantaneous death. A concerned citizen in the area told police that Cama was involved in illegal drug activities. Three empty shells for cal. .45 pistol and two empty shells for cal. .9mm pistol were recovered by police at the crime scene.
Earlier at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Saturnino Antonio, 49, construction worker, of Block 4, Lot 2, Sunriser Square, Bgy. 187, Llano Road, was standing in front of his abode when riding-in-tandem suspects arrived and shot him once but missed.
Antonio ran inside his house but the back rider, wearing helmet and face mask, gave chase and when cornered at the second floor, he was shot several times in the body. Responding barangay watchmen rushed him to Nova District Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
The victim’s cousin, Salve Mae Canonero, admitted to police that Antonio was involved in illegal drug activities. Three empty shells for cal. 9mm pistol were recovered by elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) at the crime scene.
In Malabon City, worm collector Bernard dela Cruz, 49, of Block 10, Lot 1, Magsaysay Ext., was already sleeping inside his room, together with his grandson, when two armed men, wearing bonnets and face masks, barged in at 1:20 a.m. yesterday and shot him twice in the face, killing him on the spot.
The victim’s daughter, Jennifer dela Cruz, admitted to police that her father was a former drug user but he was already a changed man and even surrendered to the police during “Oplan Tokhang.”
Homicide investigators PO3 Julius Mabasa and PO2 Romeo Germinal II recovered an empty shell for cal. .45 pistol at the crime scene.
In Pasay City, an alleged notorious drug pusher ended up dead while his cohort escaped after trading shots with policemen in a motorcycle chase following a botched buy-bust operation yesterdayy.
Killed was a certain “Norpip”, who suffered five bullet wounds in the body. His cohort, identified as a certain “Coco,” escaped.
Chief Insp. Wilfredo Sangel, chief of District Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (DAID-SOTG), said Norpip died on the service road of Roxas Blvd., Bgy. 4, Zone 2, Pasay City.
Sangel said the shooting incident took place at 1:45 a.m. after Norpip sensed that he was transacting with a police poseur-buyer. He said the buy-bust operation was conducted against the suspects following confirmed reports about their illegal drug activities.
Norpip, after handing over a plastic sachet of shabu in exchange for P500 marked money, allegedly pulled a gun and fired at the policemen as he dashed to the waiting motorcycle driven by Coco just meters away and the chase began.
Police said Norpip fell from the motorcycle when hit by a hail of bullets while trading shots with the policemen.
In Marikina City, authorities nabbed a man allegedly caught using illegal drugs inside a comfort room of a mall, police said yesterday.
Senior Supt. Lorenzo Holanday Jr., Marikina police chief, said suspect Rolly Pamplona, 28, of Phase 2, Serona Village, Mambugan, Antipolo City, is facing charges of violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Pamplona was arrested inside the comfort room of River Banks Mall in Bgy. Barangka at 11 a.m.
Prior to the arrest, Joewelson Hernandez, mall security guard, was on roving patrol inside the comfort room G-1 of the mall when he smelled a “different odor” coming from an occupied cubicle.
Upon verification, he saw the suspect using suspected shabu but he immediately flushed it in a toilet bowl.
The security guard sought assistance from Marikina police and arrested the suspect.
Holanday said Raymond Diego, 32, and Julibeth Garcia, 34, both of Bgy. Malanday, were also caught using illegal drugs inside a house at 31 Daisy St., Minahan Libis, at 2:30 a.m.
The suspects were nabbed by a team led by PO3 Nelson Aribay who were conducting patrol based on information that a shabu session was ongoing at the house of the suspects.
When policemen arrived, they caught the suspects in the act of using illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, a suspected drug pusher was collared during a buy-bust operation on TM Kalaw Exsiquel St., Bgy. Concepcion Uno, at 9:15 p.m.
The suspect, Jona-than Estero, 32, of Bgy. Concepcion, was busted after he handed shabu to a policeman posing as buyer.
Recovered from the suspect were four plastic sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu and the marked money.
The suspects were detained at the Marikina detention cell.