VIGILANTE group “Caloocan Death Squad” (CDS) struck anew despite the presence of cops and soldiers manning checkpoints, killing four suspected drug personalities early yesterday morning and Thursday night in Caloocan City.
Meanwhile, a suspected drug peddler was killed in an encounter with 16 policemen, also in the city.
The body of Raymart Mabuti, of 2089 San Lorenzo Ruiz Barracks II, Bgy. 186, Tala, was found by barangay watchmen sprawled along Saint Joseph Avenue at 12:35 a.m. yesterday with multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
Police said Mabuti’s bad habit of using and selling illegal drugs makes him one of the victims of the dreaded CDS.
Earlier at 11 p.m. Thursday, three armed men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, barged into an alleged drug den in Phase 10, Bukid Area, Bgy. 172, Bagumbong, and shot dead two suspected drug personalities.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan identified the fatalities as Carlo Acopang, 18, of Phase 9, Packaged 4, Block 5, Bagong Silang, and an unidentified victim described by police as about 20 to 25 years old, 5’3” to 5’4” in height, fair complexioned and wearing black T-shirt.
Acopang died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds in the body while his unidentified cohort succumbed to bullet wounds in the body at Tala Hospital.
Police recovered at the crime scene three empty shells and two deformed slugs for caliber .45 pistol and several drug paraphernalia.
In Bgy. 173, Ricardo Capuno, of Block 22, Lot 7, Blue Ribbon St., Senate Village, Phase 1 Bgy. 173, was walking along Senate Avenue when two motorcycles with four men on board, all wearing helmets blocked his path at the corner of Phase 1 at 6:20 p.m.
The two back riders alighted and shot Capuno, killing him instantly. Recovered at the crime scene were 12 empty shells for still unknown caliber of firearms.
A resident in the area who requested anonymity told police that the victim was involved in using and selling illegal drugs.
Meanwhile, a suspected drug peddler was killed in an encounter with 16 policemen, all in full battle gear, Thursday afternoon.
Alfred Bautista, 20, of 459 Rubyville Barmat Bukid, Bgy. 160, Baesa, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds in the body after he allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout, using a cal. .38 revolver past 12 p.m.
The group of policemen was conducting “Oplan Galugad” along Rubyville Barmat Bukid when allegedly spotted Bautista selling illegal drugs to three addicts.
When Bautista sensed the presence of operatives, he allegedly drew his caliber .38 revolver and fired towards the direction of lawmen, prompting them to retaliate, killing the suspect.
A follow-up operation led to the arrest of the slain suspect’s cohorts, identified as Mark Joseph Villanueva, 24, beautician, Jeffrey Mago, 26, and Elvin Olavera, 38, all of 459 Rubyville Barmat Bukid.
However, Mago was later released from police custody after operatives allegedly failed to find illegal drugs from him.
Police recovered at the crime scene a cal. .38 revolver without serial number, seven small heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and one small plastic sachet containing dried marijuana leaves.