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11 drug suspects killed

  • Written by edd reyes, jeffrey c. tiangco, Melnie RAgasa-JImena & Arlene Rivera
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AT least 11 drug suspects were killed by vigilantes and police operatives in Caloocan, Navotas, Makati, Paraña-que, Pasay, Quezon, Pasig and Mandaluyong cities.

Five of the fatalities were killed by suspected members of the vigilante group yesterday and Tuesday night in separate shooting incidents in Caloocan and Navotas cities.
Mark Brando Barredo and his brother Bert Barry, both of Block 8, Lot 39, Date Palm Lower Whispering Palm Subd., Bgy. 167, Llano, Caloocan City, were shot dead by four armed men, all wearing bonnets and face masks, shortly before noon yesterday.
Barangay deputy Executive Officer Gilbert Violante said Mark Brando was shot repeatedly in his head and body while buying cigarette in a store near his house. After the shooting, the suspects forcibly barged into the victim’s house and shot Bert Barry in the head and body, killing him instantly. 
Police recovered inside the victim’s house several empty shells for cal. .45 and .9mm pistol and undetermined quantity of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.
Earlier at 5:45 a.m., the body of an unidentified man with bullet wounds in his head was discovered on Road 10, Bgy. North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), Navotas City. The victim’s head was tied with ducting tape while his hands were tied behind his back.
Homicide investigator PO2 Paul Roma described the victim as about 45 to 50 years old, 5’8” in height, of medium built, with tattoos in the body and wearing leather jacket and maong pants.
At 12:10 a.m., Freddie Ebardaloza, 45, was already sleeping inside his abode at Phase 8A, Pkg. 7, Blk. 107, Lot 12, Bgy. 178, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, when suspected members of “Caloocan Death Squad” forcibly barged in and shot him repeatedly.
Purok leader Ludencio Ramos told police that the victim was included in the list of personality involved in illegal drugs and also a subject of Oplan Tokhang.
In Bgy. 175, Frederick Santos, 35, of 1163 Lirio St., Area A, Camarin, was walking on his way home after buying barbecue on the opposite side of the road at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when six men, all wearing face masks, black jacket and cap, arrived on three motorcycles.
One of the back riders alighted, drew a firearm and shot Santos repeatedly in his body. After the killing, the suspects escaped while the victim’s mother, Aufemia Santos, rushed him to Nodado Hospital where he later succumbed to bullet wounds.
Aufemia and victim’s sister, Rosavina, admitted to police that Frederick was involved in illegal drug trade in their place.         Meanwhile, three drug suspects were shot dead in separate shooting incidents yesterday in Makati, Parañaque, Pasay by motorcycle riding members of the Deadly Death Squad.
Police said the first incident took place shortly after 12 midnight on Bonifacio St., Bgy. Rizal, Makati City.
The victim, Jonathan Gamboa, a suspected drug addict, together with his live-in partner, identified only a one Edna, was buying something in a nearby eatery when five men riding two motorcycles came and without a word shot Gamboa successively.
The suspects sped away when Gamboa fell dead on the ground.
Edna admitted to police that Gamboa had already surrendered to “Oplan Tokhang” but continue his drug activities.
An hour after or at 1 a.m., riding-in-tandem gunmen shot dead Angelo Garcia, alias Boyboy, while riding his motorcycle as he traverse Airport Road, Bgy. Baclaran, Parañaque City.
Police said Garcia is a notorious drug pusher and included in police drug watchlist.
At 2:45 a.m. in Pasay City, the lifeless body of Reynante Lucas, alias Nanteng Kamandag, 35, another notorious drug pusher, robber and said to be one of the top most wanted persons in the city, was found in front of a commercial building along Taft Avenue corner Villanueva Street.
Senior Supt. Lawrence Coop, newly installed Pasay City police chief, said Lucas’ body was discovered by security guard Raul Sadalla at Cartimar Shopping Center.
Sadalla told police that prior to the discovery of the body, he heard successive gunshots.    When he rushed to the scene, he saw the victim’s body, whose face was wrapped with packaging tape, his hands were tied and sprawled on the ground in a pool of his own blood.
SPO1 Ronaldo David, of Pasay police’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Division, said Lucas was out on bail due to robbery charges and apparently moved to Imus, Cavite until the incident took place.
At 9:10 p.m., Rommel Cuambot, 54, married, a businessman, of Block 17, Excess Lot Soldiers Hills, Bgy. Putatan, Muntinlupa City, was shot and seriously wounded by a certain Loloy Ybalane and Ruben Mendigo, his neighbors. 
A witness, Paulo Apolinario, 18, another neighbor, told police that the suspects, riding a Yamaha Mio with no license plate, suddenly stopped in front of the victim while standing beside his Toyota Vios with no license plate and waiting for his daughter Armida Cuambot.
Apolinario said the back rider pulled a gun and shot the victim several times before they fled.
Police said the victim, while at the hospital, identified the suspects as his attacker.
In QC, acting QCPD director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the suspect, Gerald Pamitan, 26, of 63-G Elga St., Bgy. Tatalon, and a known drug pusher/peddler,  and included in the drug watchlist of PS-11, was killed yesterday morning.
The QCPD-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said that at 10:45 p.m., operatives of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group (SAID-SOG) of Galas Police Station (PS-11) conducted a buy-bust operation against Pamitan on Bolanyos St., Meralco Lines, Bgy. Tatalon.        
An officer acted as poseur buyer but the suspect saw the presence of the operatives and fired at the operatives, who retaliated. The suspect did not make it to Delos Santos Medical Center.
Police found at the scene a cal. .45 pistol, three fired cartridge cases for cal.  .45, a fired cartridge case for cal. 9mm and a self-sealing plastic sachet containing four sachets of shabu.
In Pasig City, two men fast asleep inside their residence were killed by unidentified men Wednesday morning.
Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula, EPD director identified the slain suspects as Jose Cruz, alias Joe, 38, and Jay Dapat.
SPO1 Ricardo Alapitan, of the Pasig Police Station, said the two were on the drug watchlist of Bgy. Rosario.
Alapitan said the incident took place at Block 2, Lot 1, Ciudad del Carmen, Bgy. Rosario, at 12:55 a.m.
The victims were in separate rooms when the unidentified suspects suddenly barged in and strafed them.
After the incident, the suspects fled.
In Mandaluyong City, a suspected drug pusher was gunned down after he traded shots with the operatives following a buy-bust operation Tuesday.
Reports reaching the office of Senior Supt. Jaoquin Alva, Mandaluyong police chief, identified the suspect Jennifer Ian Dassala, 35, of 469 Bacobo St., Bgy. Vergara, said city.
Police recovered from Dassala sachets of suspected shabu, drug parapheralias, and a firearm with ammunition.
Alva said prior to the encounter, elements of  Station Anti-Illegal Drugs (SAID) conducted a buy-bust operation against the suspect on information that he was involved in illegal drug peddling activities at said barangay at around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday.     
A policeman posing as buyer was able to buy shabu from the suspect, who was immediately nabbed.
However, the suspect resisted and engaged the officers in a shootout, killing him.
Alva said the suspect is on the BADAC drug watchlist of Bgy. Vergara as drug pusher.
The slain suspect is the ninth drug personality killed in a police operation since the Mandaluyong police implemented Oplan Double Barrel from July 1 to November 18.