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4 drug pushers killed in Manila, Pasay

  • Written by Jeffrey C. Tiangco, Itchie G. Cabayan & Melnie Ragasa-Jimena
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THREE suspected drug pushers were killed allegedly after they resisted arrest during a series of buy-bust operations in Manila while another drug peddler was killed by vigilantes in Pasay City.

The Manila Police District-Homicide Section identified the suspects as Frederick dela Cruz, alias ‘Totoy Kuryente,’ 33, said to be a member of the Sigue-Sigue Sputnik Gang and residing in Riverside Katuparan in Tondo; and Jay-R Estreller, alias ‘Gigi,’ 30, and a certain  ‘Aga,’ both of 1616 Crisolita St., San Andres Bukid, Manila.
   
PO2 Charles Licyayo of the MPD-Homicide Section said the first target of the buy-bust operation was Dela Cruz, when police swooped down on Building 11, Aroma Temporary Housing in Tondo, at 11:20 p.m. the other night.
   
A poseur-buyer from the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Unit (SAID-SOTU) of the MPD-Station 1 was reportedly able to buy a sachet of shabu. During the transaction, police said Dela Cruz suspected the buyer was a cop, drew a gun and fired, prompting authorities to return fire, killing him.
   
A cal. .38 revolver, six plastic sachets of shabu and P200 buy-bust money were recovered from the suspect.
   
At 12:30 a.m. yesterday, SAID-SOTU operatives from the MPD-Station 6 conducted a buy-bust operation against Estreller and ‘Aga’ and were allegedly able to buy P500 worth of shabu. Again, police said, the suspects felt they were dealing with a cop, fired, missed and were shot dead by the operatives.
   
Also allegedly found on them were a cal. .38 revolver with six live bullets, a .22 cal. revolver loaded with give live ammo and 16 plastic sachets of shabu.
   
In Pasay City, a suspected drug peddler, who already surrendered under “Oplan Tokhang earlier”, ended up dead after he was shot by riding-in-tandem members of the Deadly Death Squad (DDS) the other day.
   
Police said Rolando “Jap” Manaois, 40, of 2940 Apelo Cruz Interior, Bgy. 152, Zone 17, died due to five gunshot wounds from unknown caliber of gun.
   
Manaois assailants escaped after the shooting incident.
   
Senior Supt. Lawrence Coop, chief of Pasay City police, said the incident took place at 7:35 p.m. in front of Mightee Mart Store at 446 EDSA, Bgy. 152, Zone 17.
   
Witnesses told police that Manaois was seated in a wooden bench in front of said convenience store when the suspects suddenly appeared with the backrider, shot the victim.
   
Police admitted that Manaois, a confessed drug pusher, was on the police drug watchlist.