SIX drug personalities were killed in separate shootouts in Pasay, Caloocan, Quezon and Pasig cities, police reported yesterday.
Eight gunshots fired by riding-in-tandem members of the Deadly Death Squad broke the silence of dawn yesterday, leaving alleged drug peddlers-live-in partners dead in Pasay City.
Barangay authorities found Jaylord Clemente, 39, dead with four bullet wounds while sprawled on the floor of their room.
His live-in partner, Marlen Cortez, 33, however, did not reach the hospital alive also due four gunshots in the body.
Jesus Berbers, Barangay Ex-O, told police that they even met the suspects speeding away on a motorcycle while they were rushing to the victims’ house in Cesna Riverside, Don Carlos, Pasay City, after they heard successive gunshots at 3 a.m.
Relatives of Clemente bewailed the senseless killing.
They admitted that Clemente had served sentence due to drug charges but said he already stopped in his drug activities and was only a lowly scavenger to sustain the couple’s daily needs.
Police said they recovered seven empty shells for 9mm and cal. .45 pistol at the crime scene.
They declined to comment but said follow-up investigation is ongoing.
In Caloocan City, a 40-year-old woman allegedly being used by police in their anti-illegal drug operation was shot dead in front of Baliwag Lechon Manok branch Tuesday night.
Caloocan police investigators are looking into a possibility that members of a drug syndicate were behind the killing of Mary Ann Vergara, resident of unnumbered house on Natividad St., Bgy. 81, who was shot thrice in the body by unidentified assailants at the corner of MacArthur Highway and Kalye Uno Street.
Homicide investigator PO3 Edgar Manapat said Vergara was calling out and ushering passengers at a passenger jeep terminal at 8 p.m. when two men riding on a motorcycle without license plate parked beside her and shot her repeatedly.
The suspects sped away after the killing while concerned citizens rushed the victim to Caloocan City Medical Center where she was declared dead on arrival.
A witness, who refused to be identified, said aside from being a police asset, Vergara was allegedly being utilized by drug syndicates in supplying shabu to jeepney drivers.
However, police are still verifying the said information when the victim’s daughter, Denice Ligsay, of Mabolo Road, Bgy. Potrero, Malabon City, insisted that her mother was not involved in selling illegal drugs.
Police recovered at the crime scene six empty shells for unknown caliber of firearm which will be submitted to the PNP Crime Laboratory for ballistic examination. In QC, Reynaldo Santos, 46, and his live-in partner Diana Lucena, 45, said to be drug pushers, were killed inside their home by three unidentified gunmen Tuesday night.
Case investigator PO3 Anthony Tejerero said the incident happened at 6 p.m. inside the couple’s house at 31 Kasunduan corner Katipunan St., Bgy. Commonwealth.
Quennie Santos, the daughter of the victims, told police that she was at the second floor of their house when the three suspects suddenly barged in.
One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot Reynaldo, who was then watching television. The two other suspects went straight to a bedroom where Diana was reportedly sleeping. They also shot her several times.
The suspects left a note, saying “Pusher kami, ’wag Tularan,” before fleeing.
Investigators said that on September 2, the live-in partners surrendered to Oplan Tokhang of the Batasan Police Station 6.
Authorities recovered three empty bullets for cal. .40 and another three for cal. .45 at the crime scene. The victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
In Pasig City, a man included in the police drug watchlist was shot dead by four gunmen wearing masks while taking a bath inside his residence at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Victim Ronaldo Velasco, alias Ronron, 35, was killed inside his house at Javier Compound, Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Bgy. Rosario, according to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula.
A relative of the victim said she was walking outside when she met the four suspects wearing mask, entered the victim’s house and looked for the victim, who was then taking a bath at the comfort room. With Jenesis Ann G. Canua (OJT)