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Drug war claims more lives in Metro

  • Written by Edd Reyes, Arlene Rivera, Itchie G. Cabayan
  • Published in Metro
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AN anti-narcotics operation turned bloody after a suspected drug pusher died when he engaged lawmen in a shootout while nine other drug suspects were arrested Friday afternoon in Caloocan City.

Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (SAID-SOTG), led by Insp. Cecilio Tomas, conducted an anti-drug operation in Salay-Salay Street, Barangay 12 Dagat-Dagatan after receiving reports of rampant selling of illegal drugs by an alias “Nog-Nog Pangit”.
    
From his shanty “Nog-Nog Pangit” opened fire at the lawmen who returned fire killing the suspect.
 
Meanwhile, Insp. Tomas identified the drug personalities arrested as Jerome Asis, 25; Noel Compania, 46; Marvin Panoy, 22; Tirso Arevalo, 44, Randy Araoho, 36; Grace Bade, 30; Randy Fuentes, 27; Rose Marie Perez, 31; and Momelito Inos, 32.
   
In Navotas two alleged notorious drug pushers were killed in separate shootouts with police Friday and yesterday before dawn.
 
Joel Carbonnel, 32, of Market 3, Barangay North Bay Boulevard North, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds when he allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout along Road 10, Barangay North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS) at around 1:20 a.m. yesterday.
    
Earlier at around 2:15 p.m. Friday, Navotas Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4 officers led by Insp. Albert Trinidad were conducting “Oplan Tokhang” in Barangay NBBS when they spotted Paquito Mejos who was on their list of suspected drug pushers.
 
Seeing the approaching policemen, Mejos drew his gun and opened fire. The lawmen fired back and hit the suspect.
 
Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered from the suspect a caliber 22 magnun revolver, one transparent plastic sachet of shabu and drug paraphernalia.
   
Two other drug suspects were added to the list of victims of so-called extra judicial killings in Mandaluyong and Pasig City.
   
The Eastern Police District (EPD) reported that Reynaldo Gimora Jr, 29, of Brgy.Pleasant Hills, Mandaluyong, was shot dead while getting tattooed on his body by  suspects wearing masks who suddenly entered the tattoo shop.
   
In Pasig City, Reynaldo Piza Jr., 25, of  Rosario Village, Brgy.Rosario, was gunned down by unidentified suspects riding on a motorcycle .
   
Piza was sitting outside his house at around 11:30 p.m. when the motorcycle-riding suspects arrived and shot him several times.
   
Another drug suspect was killed in an alleged drug operation conducted the other night in Quiapo, Manila by operatives from the Manila Police District-Police Station 3 who were out to arrest another suspect.
   
Shot dead by PO3 Rex Munoz was the suspect who remains unidentified and described only as between 20 to  25 years old, about 5’3” tall and medium built.
   
The real object of the operation, identified as one alias ‘Manuel’, escaped.
   
A drug deal in an alley located at the corner of P. Guzman and G.Puyat Streets in Quiapo, Manila, had reportedly been consummated when the slain suspect sensed that the “buyer” was a cop. He drew a gun and told Manuel to flee.
   
PO3 Munoz quickly grabbed the hand of the suspect whose gun went off but missed the officer he shot, and killed the gunman.