Seven drug personalties were killed in separate police operations in Caloocan, Valenzuela, San Juan and Quezon cities while six others were arrested in Pasay City.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said elements of the Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1, led by Senior Insp. Waldo Bontogon shot dead Arnold Pineda, 35, construction worker, of 19 G. De Jesus St., Bgy. 138, Bagong Barrio after he tried to shoot it out with policemen yesterday.
Operatives were conducting a buy-bust operation against Pineda at 12:10 a.m. in front of his house but when he sensed that he was dealing with a police decoy, he pulled out a handgun and fired at the police poseur-buyer but missed, prompting the lawmen to retaliate, killing him instantly.
At 12:50 a.m., elements of PCP-2, led by SPO3 Amadeo Tayag, conducted a buy-bust operation against Raul Maximo, 52, inside his house at 135 Daang Bakal St., 8th Avenue, Bgy. 59, Caloocan City, but when the suspect sensed the presence of police officers in the vicinity, he grabbed his cal. .38 revolver and shot the police poseur-buyer but missed, prompting the lawmen to return fire, hitting the suspect fatally.
Elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered at the scene a cal. .38 revolver and a coin purse containing five plastic sachets of shabu. In Valenzuela City, two of three suspected drug pushers were killed when clashed with lawmen during an implementation of search warrant at dawn yesterday.
Northern Police District (NPD) director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo identified the slain suspects as Noel dela Cruz and Aldrin Geubelaguin while their cohort, Markee dela Cruz, escaped.
Prior to the incident, elements of the Valenzuela Police Station Anti-Illegal Drug-Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) conducted a test-buy last week against the suspects after their names were listed on a drug watchlist. After the test buy, the team applied for a search warrant from Valenzuela City Regional Trial Court Judge Maria Nena Santos.
Combined elements from NPD-District Intelligence Division (DID), District Police Security Battalion (DPSB) and the Valenzuela police, led by Senior Supt. Ronaldo Mendoza, implemented the search warrant at about 5 a.m. on Road 1, Pulong Diablo, Bgy. Malanday, which resulted in an armed encounter with the suspects.
Mendoza said the suspects who were caught sniffing shabu drew their firearms and fired at the direction of lawmen, who retaliated, hitting the two while their cohort managed to escape.
The wounded suspects were rushed to Valenzuela Medical Center where they succumbed to bullet wounds in their bodies. Two cal. .38 revolvers and undetermined quantity of plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were recovered by police at the crime scene.
During the operation, four other suspected drug personalities were brought to the police station for proper documentation and validation while a manhunt operation against Dela Cruz is now being undertaken by operatives.
In Pasay City, arrested during a shabu session were Rodolfo Aguilar, 42, Cristy Orefel, 42, Leilani Tomas, 37, Nenneth Foentenerga, Pablo Balandra, 47, and Crisdan Balindan, 30, all residents of Maricaban Pasay City.
Senior Insp. Vicente Barrameda, commander of Maricaban Police Community Precinct, said the suspects’ arrest came after police chanced upon Aguilar, who was half-naked while running on the street.
He said Aguilar, who noticed the presence of policemen, dashed back to his house where the policemen caught the other suspects holding a shabu session.
Police said they also recovered a plastic sachet of shabu and drug paraphernalia when they arrested the suspects.
The suspects were charged with violation of Republic Act 9165.
In San Juan City, a 44-year-old barker who surrendered during Oplan Tokhang was riddled with bullets by an unidentified suspect the other night.
The victim was identified as Ronald Nisola, 44, married, of Taytay, Rizal.
Reports from the Eastern Police District (EPD) said the incident occurred at 7 p.m. on N. Domingo St. corner A. Lake St., Bgy. Balong Bato.
Accordingly, the victim was standing in the said area when an unidentified suspect appeared and shot him repeatedly.
The victim died on the spot while the suspect quickly fled.
In QC, two alleged drug peddlers, including a former barangay watchman, were killed during a buy-bust operation on Sunday.
Acting Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the slain suspects as Nelson P. Puzon, 42, former tanod of Bgy. Sangandaan, and Jhuver Bryan Batoon Padilla, 35, of Bgy. Sangandaan, Project 8.
Eleazar said Puzon is listed number 15 on QCPD PS-3 drug watchlist, who was reportedly tested positive for drugs during the test conducted for barangay officials and employees in September 2016 while Padilla is a known courier/peddler in Bgys. Sangandaan and Bahay-Toro. He is also allegedly the source of illegal drugs of Puson.
A report gathered from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the QCPD showed that anti-illegal drug operatives of QCPD PS-3 conducted a buy-bust operation at Puzon’s residence on Loans St.
Upon consummation of the deal, Padilla sensed the presence of other lawmen, who came closer to them and uttered to Puzon, “pulis mga ’to”. The suspects drew their guns and fired towards the operatives, who had no recourse but to retaliate, hitting the two suspects. They were rushed to Quezon City General but to no avail. With Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca