Five suspected drug personalities were killed, three of them died in an encounter with police while another was summarily executed, in separate incidents Monday night and yesterday in Navotas, Quezon and Pasig cities.
Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio said the unidentified victim, described as about 50 to 55 years old, with tattoo of “Bordo” in t he right leg and “Sputnik” in the back, was discovered at 4:10 a.m. yesterday on Kanduli St., Area 1, North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS).
Homicide investigator PO3 Allan Joey Ogatia said the victim, whose hands were tied behind his back, had multiple gunshot wounds in the body. Three transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu were found from his pocket while three empty shells and a deformed slug for unknown caliber of firearm were recovered at the crime scene.
At 2:10 a.m., Jhun-Jhun Umbao, 20, and his elder brother Larry, 25, were gunned down by elements of Navotas Police Community Precinct (PCP) 4 when they allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout.
Navotas deputy police chief for operation Supt. Bernabe Embile said operatives of PCP-4 conducted a buy-bust operation against the siblings in front of their house at Block 7, Lot 7, Site 8, Tumana Area, Bgy. NBBS, when Jhun-Jhun allegedly drew his firearm and fired a shot when he sensed that they were dealing with a police decoy.
An exchange of gunfire ensued that resulted in the death of the suspects. A caliber .38 revolver with three live ammunition and a fired empty shell inside its cylinder were recovered by police from Jhun-Jhun while a plastic sachet of shabu was recovered from Larry Umbao.
Earlier at around 10:30 p.m. Monday, elements of PCP-4, led by Insp. Albert Trinidad, were conducting an “Oplan-Sita” on Bay Boulevard North (NBBN) when they spotted Jay-R Derder, who was included in their list of suspected drug pushers and had a pending warrant of arrest for illegal possession of firearm.
When operatives tried to approach Derder, he ran to flee, prompting lawmen to chase him. Police were able to corner Derder on Lapu-Lapu Avenue near Dalag Street but instead of yielding, he opened fire at the lawmen, who returned fire, killing the suspect on the spot.
Police recovered from the slain suspect an improvised shotgun (sumpak) loaded with 12-gauge empty shell and two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu. Novicio said Derder was not only engaged in illegal drugs trade but he is also involved in a series of robbery-holdup incidents in Navotas and nearby cities of Caloocan, Malabon and Valenzuela.
In QC, a suspected drug pusher was killed in a shootout with operatives of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) in Bgy. Greater Fairview yesterday morning.
Acting QCPD director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar identified the slain suspect as Jayger Henchanova, about 30 to 35 years old. He was included in the drug watchlist of QCPD PS-5 and known to have been maintaining a drug den in Bgy. Greater Fairview.
Eleazar said the suspect was a subject of Oplan Tokhang last July 2016 but did not surrender. He was reportedly released from jail last May after serving a jail term for violation of RA 9165.
Investigators said a concerned citizen tipped the police about the presence of Henchanova on Roces Street in Greater Fairview armed with a gun at 1 a.m. Operatives and barangay officials went to the area to verify the report. When they were about to approach the suspect, he ran inside his house and fired at the lawmen, who retaliated, wounding Hen-chanova.
The suspect was rushed by BPSOs to the Fairview General Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
A Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team, led by Chief Insp. Nelson Sta. Maria and investigators from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU), recovered at the scene a Smith and Wesson cal. .38 revolver without serial number loaded with four cartridges, a fired cartridge and a deformed fired bullet.
Hospital authorities also collected from the shortpants’ pocket of the slain suspect two plastic sachets of shabu, undetermined quantity of dried marijuana leaves and several drug paraphernalia.
In Pasig City, three notorious drug peddlers, including a teacher, were nabbed by police and seized P300,000 worth of illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation Monday night.
A report to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula identified the suspects as Abdul Gamal Benito, 35, Omar Khalid, 32, and Jabbar Amboloto, 46, Math teacher, all of PH1B Goldenwoods St., Greenwoods Executive Village, Bgy. Pinagbuhatan.
The suspects, said to be relatives, were busted by Pasig Police Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID), headed by Senior Insp. Giogenis Gaoaen, during a buy-bust operation after a week-long surveillance on Greenwoods Ave., Bgy. Caniogan, at 10 p.m.
Police said an undercover police was able to contact the trio and agreed to meet in a vacant lot on Greenwoods Avenue in Bgy. Caniogan.
The suspects directed the poseur-buyer to proceed to the area on board a parked brand-new Mitsubishi Montero.
When the suspects handed the 25 grams of illegal drugs worth P50,000 to the policeman, other operatives in the area arrested them.
During search, police confiscated another 200 grams of shabu from the suspects placed inside a safety box.
Authorities said the recovered drugs had an estimated street value of P300,000.
The trio were charged with violation of RA 9165 and detained at the Pasig police detention cell.