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2 pushers held; 4 dead in Tarlac gun attack

  • Written by Bernard Galang
  • Published in Provincial
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TARLAC City, Tarlac -- Two suspected drug pushers were arrested in buy-bust operations in La Paz and Gerona towns last December 8 while three men and a woman were summarily executed by still unidentified assailants earlier.

Senior Supt. Wes-trimundo Obinque, Tarlac provincial police director, identified the arrested suspects as Mario Velasquez, 37, of Bgy. Paludpud, La Paz; and Joel Solomon, 38, of Bgy. Poblacion, Gerona.
   
Both suspects sold shabu to poseur-buyers during buy-bust operations.
   
Confiscated from Velasquez were four plastic sachets of suspected shabu and a homemade cal. .38 revolver with five live ammunition while three plastic sachets of suspected shabu were seized from Solomon. The two are facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
   
Meanwhile, two men were shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in this city last December 5.
   
The first victim, Rowel Reyes, 27, tricycle driver, was shot in the head and shoulder at close range with cal. .45 pistol while he was having a conversation with his uncle in front of his residence in Bgy. Sepung Calzada at 9:05 a.m.
   
Around 5:45 p.m., Anthony Rillo, 30, seller of bottled gasoline, was manning his store on Tarlac-Sta. Rosa Road when two men on board a motorcycle approached and peppered him with gunshots. At least 10 fired cartridges from cal. .45 were recovered at the crime scene.
   
On the same date, a farmer discovered the hogtied bodies of a man and a woman near the Victoria-Guimba-Licab boundary bridge in Bgy. Mangolago, Victoria town.
   
The woman was wearing floral shorts and black floral sando. Her neck was tied with nylon rope.
   
The male was wearing a black T-shirt with “I lost in Hong Kong” print and camouflage shorts.
   
Both were about 40 to 45 years old, according to investigators, who believe that they were killed elsewhere and dumped near the bridge.