AT least seven suspects were killed in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Malabon, Caloocan and Marikina cities.
Joint elements of District Special Operation Unit (DSOU) and District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID) of Northern Police District (NPD) shot dead an alleged big-time drug pusher before dawn yesterday in Malabon City.
DSOU head Supt. Jose Ali Duterte identified the slain suspect as Gino Gabuneza, alias “Dino,” of Bgy. Concepcion, Malabon, reportedly a notorious drug pusher listed in the drug watchlist of NPD.
Duterte said Chief Insp. Timothy Aniway and Insp. Jonathan Oveña led a police team to conduct the buy- bust operation against Gabuneza at 2:55 a.m. in the partly-lit area on Sancianco St., Bgy. Tonsuya.
The undercover operatives was about to proceed with a police decoy ready to purchase six plastic sachets of shabu when the suspect opened fire at the lawmen when he sensed that he was dealing with a policeman.
An exchange of gunfire ensued between the lawmen and the suspect that resulted in the untimely death of the latter. Six plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu, two plastic sachets with shabu residue and a cal. .38 revolver with six empty shells in its chamber were recovered by police from the suspect.
Duterte said they received a reliable information that the suspect used to get his supply of shabu in Pritil, Tondo, Manila.
In Caloocan City, a barker and a garbage collector were among the four suspected drug personalities killed by a vigilante group in separate shooting incidents in the city.
Henry Vargas, 36, barker, of 1829 Camia St., and Celito Panganiban, 40, garbage collector, of 187 Cattleya St., Bgy. 177, Camarin, were illegally tapping Meralco line connection on Cattleya Street when two men, on board a motorcycle and wearing helmets and face masks, arrived at 12:35 a.m. and shot them in their bodies, killing them instantaneously.
The incident was witnessed by Panganiban’s wife Armida, who was also assisting the two in tapping illegally at a service connection. Panganiban’s mother, Aurora Macabenta, 69, admitted to police that his son was involved in illegal drugs and used their junk storage as drug den. She also revealed that Vargas, a drug user, was a frequent visitor of his son.
In Bgy. 176, Guillermo Rodrigo, 33, of Phase 4, Package 1, Block 8, Lot 28, Bagong Silang, was killed by two suspected members of a vigilante group at 12:45 a.m. in Phase 4, Package 4.
Witness Josephine Felix, of Phase 4, Package 4, Block 27, told police that she was inside her abode when she heard four successive gunshots and when she came out, she saw the lifeless body of the victim lying on the side of the road.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said two empty shells for cal. .9mm pistol, an empty shell for cal. .45 pistol and two plastic sachets containing shabu were recovered by police at the crime scene.
The victim’s half sister, Melanie Banaag, admitted to police that his brother was involved in illegal drug activities.
Earlier at 10:40 p.m. Thursday, Carmelito Acosta Jr., 22, of Block 10, Lot 16, Gucci St., Congressional Model 2, Bagumbong, Bgy. 171, was urinating at the corner of Congressional Road when a suspect shot him repeatedly.
After the killing, the suspect escaped on a motorcycle while the victim was rushed by his friends to Lorenzo Hospital in Quirino Highway, Deparo Road where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Homicide investigator PO3 Junedy Narciso said the victim and his half brother, Kiko Feliciano, were the subject of a complaint from a concerned citizen for their involvement in illegal drug activities.
In Marikina City, a drug pusher and his teenage courier were killed by four unidentified suspects following a heated confrontation after an alleged botched drug deal yesterday.
A report submitted to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said Edelyn Mejia, 16, of Block 5, Singkamas Kaliwa, Bgy. Tumana, and one Mohaimen were shot dead along the alley of Singkamas Kaliwa, at 4:50 a.m. Friday.
Senior Supt. Lorenzo Holanday Jr., Marikina police chief, said the teenager was a long time courier of Mohaimen, a known notorious drug pusher listed on the drug watch-list
Holanday said Mohaimen was also tagged in several robbery/holdup cases in Marikina and nearby towns.
Police launched an operation against the four suspects, who fled after the incident.
According to witnesses, the teenager and the drug pusher were seen talking to four unidentified suspects.
Minutes later, commotion erupted followed by a heated confrontation between the two groups.
The teenager and Mohaimen left the area but they were followed by the four suspects.
Holanday said that when the suspects cornered the teenager and Mohaimen along the alley, they were shot repeatedly.
The suspects fled while the two were taken to Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMCC) but were declared dead.