AT least seven suspected drug pushers were killed by Manila police operatives, members of the Deadly Death Squad and Caloocan Dead Squad, while four others, including a woman, were arrested during a buy-bust operation in Tondo, Manila.
Those killed were identified as Erick Santos, of 741 S. Trinidad St.; and Armando Reyes, 28, a delivery boy, of 651 Villa Fojas St., Gagalangin, both in Tondo, Manila. Arrested, on the other hand, were Joseph Alceso, 42, Jerry Boy Delima, 23, Bernardo Cabuhay, 29, and Julie Bautista, 35, all of S. Trinidad Street.
PO3 Marlon San Pedro of the Manila Police District (MPD)-Crimes Against Persons Investigation Section (CAPIS) said that at around 9:40 p.m. the other night, a buy-bust operation was conducted at the house of Santos by operatives from the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Unit (SAIDSOTU) of MPD-Station 7.
Suspects Santos and Reyes reportedly sensed that they were dealing with cops so they decided to fight off, resulting in their instant death.
Following this, four were arrested and are now facing appropriate charges.
Police confiscated at the scene two plastic sachets containing shabu, two cal. .38 revolvers, P200 marked money and drug paraphernalia.
Barangay officials, meantime, said that Santos is a known drug pusher in their area and had been in the barangay’s drug watchlist for some time.
It was learned that police have knocked on Santos’ home during an ‘Oplan Tokhang’ but refused to surrender.
Meanwhile, riding-in-tandem DDS members shot dead three alleged drug suspects in separate incidents in a span of 30 minutes the other day in Parañaque and Pasay cities.
Killed were Rogelio Ibrada and Cresencio Nepomuceno, both of Sta. Scholastica St., Bgy. Sun Valley 1, Parañaque City; and Romeo Joel Fontanilla, alias Tigas, of Saint Joan St., Bgy. 186, Zone 19, Maricaban, Pasay City.
Police said the first to be killed were Ibrada and Nepomuceno, who were gunned down at 11 p.m. at close range by RIT-DDS suspects just meters away from their house.
Police said both victims were known drug pushers in their neighborhood.
Some 30 minutes after, six suspects, riding three motorcycles, shot dead Fontanilla right in front of his house while waiting for his live-in partner Shoulyen Lopez.
Police said Fontanilla died from six bullets wounds in the head and body after the suspects shot him one after the other and sped away.
Witnesses told police that the RIT-DDS suspects were seen roaming their neighborhood apparently looking for someone.
Police said Fontanilla, who earlier surrendered under Oplan Tokhang last July 21, was included in the police drug watchlist.
In Caloocan and Malabon cities, two men with links to illegal drugs were killed by suspected members of a vigilante group in separate shooting incidents before dawn yesterday and Monday night.
Gilbert Villaruz, 47, was inside his house at No. 4 Bautista St., Bgy. Pang-hulo, Malabon City, when an unidentified man posing as buyer of shabu arrived at 1 a.m.
While the victim was showing a sachet of shabu to his alleged client, five armed men on board three motorcycles arrived, one of them jumped over the fence and opened the gate of the compound and allowed two men wearing bonnets and face masks to enter inside the premises while two others, who served as lookouts, wait outside.
The suspects at gunpoint dragged Villaruz outside his house and shot him repeatedly, killing him on the spot. The suspects, together with the unidentified man who posed as buyer, fled on board their respective motorcycles towards Panghulo Road.
Residents in the area told Malabon deputy police chief for operation Chief Insp. Lucio Simangan that the victim was involved in illegal drugs trade.
In Caloocan City, sidewalk vendor Archimedez Mendoza, 37, was tending to his store at the corner of Rizal Avenue Extension and 10th Avenue at 9:50 p.m. Monday when two men on board a single motorcycle shot him repeatedly in the body that caused his instantaneous death.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said Mendoza, who was also acting as barker of passenger jitneys in the area, was allegedly involved in drug pushing, together with his unidentified cousin.
Police are now looking into a possibility that the slain victim and his unidentified cousin were selling illegal drugs to drivers of passenger jitneys and tricycle drivers in the area.
Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered at the crime scene four empty shells and one deformed bullets for unknown caliber of firearm while a small plastic sachet containing suspected shabu was found on the victim’s body.