TWO suspected drug pushers were killed by police operatives in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Biñan City in Laguna and Angeles City.
Supt. Serafin Petalio II, Biñan police chief, said the fatality, identified as a certain Mon-Mon, was killed during a buy-bust operation on Florante St., Bgy. Poblacio, Thursday night.
One of the operatives, who acted as poseur buyer, was able to buy a small plastic sachet of suspected shabu from the suspect at 9:30 p.m.
The poseur then introduced himself as a policeman, prompting Mon Mon to draw a gun and fired at the officer who was able to duct for cover and returned fire, hitting the suspect.
The suspect was pronounced dead on arrival by an attending phsyician at Ospital of Biñan. In Angeles City, Senior Supt. Sidney Villaflor, city police director, identified the fatality as Randolf Geradila, who was killed during a shootout with policemen in Bgy. Margot at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Chief Insp. Wendel Arinas, commander of Police Station 5, said Geradila sold a small plastic sachet of shabu to a poseur-buyer for P500 but after the latter introuduced himself as a policeman and was about to effect the arrest, the suspect ran inside his house and fired five successive shots towards the lawmen.
The policemen fired back using .45 and 9mm caliber pistols, killing the suspect.
Confiscated from Gera-dila were a cal. .22 revolver with three live ammunition and five spent shells, the marked money and four plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
Meanwhile, four suspected carnappers were arrested during a two-day police operation in Bgy. Balibago.
Operatives of the Provincial Highway Patrol Team-Pampanga arrested a certain Fabian, 41, Raul Bacani, 26, and Evelyn Salonga, 44, after they tried to sell a carnapped Toyota Hi-Ace van to poseur buyers last August 24.
Senior Insp. Joel Manranion said the van was rented by their companion, identified as Romnick Pascual, who was arrested separately here for violation of the anti-illegal drugs law.
Another vehicle, a Toyota Altis, was also rented and stolen by the group. It was recovered from a businessman who told police that it was pawned to him for P110,000 by Fabian on August 17.
The suspects are facing charges for violation of the Anti-Carnapping Act, Anti-Fencing Law and related laws.
In Mandaue City, two known drug dealers were arrested by undercover officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during a buy-bust operation inside a motel room last Thursday, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said yesterday.
Rhea Verdida and Wilson Sioco, both 29, are now facing charges for selling of drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. A 3rd companion of the duo, Randulf Felizario, managed to escape and is still being hunted as of press time.
According to Lapeña, agents of the PDEA Regional Office 7, headed by Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz, arrested the two suspects after they conspired to sell shabu to a poseur inside the motel room in Banilad, Mandaue City at 10 p.m. Thursday.
Confiscated during the operation were six plastic sachets containing about six grams of shabu worth P30,000, two mobile phones which have been submitted to a forensic examination, the marked money paid to the suspects by an undercover policeman and several drug paraphernalia.
In Oroquieta City, PDEA operatives on Friday seized an estimated P750,000 worth of shabu during separate anti-narcotics raid, Lapeña said yesterday.
Lapeña said the raids in Bgys. Lower Lamac and Taboc Sur also led to the arrest of Jaime Cabilando, alias ‘Kandong/Manong,’ Lourdes Legaspi, alias ‘Oding,’ Jimmer Cabilando and Milky Ryycem Balolong.
He said agents of the PDEA Regional Office 10 headed by Director Adrian Alvariño raided the suspects’ places at 5:30 a.m. on the strength of two search warrants for violation of RA 9165.
The raids led to the confiscation of 30 plastic sachets containing some 150 grams of shabu worth P750,000, various drug paraphernalia, 23 pieces of live 5.56 ammunition, a cal. .45 magazine with 10 bullets, P508,752 in cash, a passbook and a box containing millions of pesos worth of jewelry items.
All suspects are now being held at the PDEA Region 10 jail in Misamis Occidental. They will be facing charges for violation of Section 11 (possession of dangerous drugs) and Section 12 (possession of drug paraphernalia), Article II, of RA 9165.
In Cabanatuan City, the number one suspected drug personality was nabbed after a search on her house yielded several plastic sachets of shabu last Wednesday.
Nueva City police director Senior Supt. Manuel E. Cornel yesterday identified the suspect as Ma. Elena Adriano, 36, married, alias Ellen Lapina, of Purok 8, Bgy. M.S. Garcia, Cabanatuan City.
Adriano was tagged as the alleged leader of the dreaded Lapina Drug Group, which is reportedly engaged in the distribution of shabu and other illegal drugs in the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Isabela, Bulacan, Tarlac and Antipolo, Rizal.
City police officer-in-charge Supt. Ponciano P. Zafra said her arrest was carried out on the strength of a search warrant issued by Cabanatuan City Executive Judge Ana Marie C. Joson-Viterbo of the Regional Trial Court branch 24 for violation of RA 9165.
Seized from the suspect’s house were 10 plastic sachets of shabu, 14 open plastic sachets containing traces of shabu and other drug paraphernalia.
Zafra said the suspect will be slapped with violations of RA 9165 before the City Prosecutor’s Office here.