A former barangay executive officer, a gay beautician and a drug pusher were killed in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Malabon, Pasig and Caloocan cities, police reports said yesterday.
Malabon police chief Senior Supt. John Chua said Reynaldo Cruz, 57, of 10 Plata St., Bgy. Tugatog, was gunned down by suspected members of a vigilante group yesterday morning.
Investigation showed that Cruz was walking along Nervana Street in Bgy. Tugatog when two men on board a motorcycle blocked his path at around 7 a.m. The back rider pulled out a caliber .9mm pistol and shot him twice in the head and body at close range.
A small white paper with words that read “Huwag ako tularan. Pusher ako, susunod ka na” was left by the suspects before they fled.
Homicide investigators PO3 Julius Mabasa and PO2 Jose Germinal recovered at the crime scene two empty shells for cal. .9mm while a piece of transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu was found on the victim’s right pocket.
In Pasig City, a gay beautician said to be involved in illegal drugs was killed by four men on board two motorcycles in front of a parlor the other night.
Arthur Malino, 48, of 566 Magsaysay St., Bgy. Manggahan, died from multiple gunshot wounds in the body, according to Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula.
Reports said the incident took place in front of a parlor at 563 Magsaysay St., Bgy. Manggahan, at 8:04 p.m.
Initial investigation conducted by PO2 Eric Goboy disclosed that Malino was outside his parlor when four suspects riding on two motorcycles arrived.
The four stopped infront of Malino, then pulled out a gun and shot him successively in the body.
A Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) team, led by Senior Insp. Joseph Lampitoc, recovered several empty shells for unknown caliber of firearms and a heat-sealed sachet of suspected dried marijuana leaves.
Authorities said, Malino was included in the drugs watchlist of Bgy. Manggahan categorized as pusher/user.
In Caloocan City, anti-narcotics operatives killed a suspected drug pusher and arrested his cohort in a drug operation Thursday afternoon.
Joselito Jocson, alias “Dang-Dang,” 47, of 9575 BMBA Compound, Bgy. 120, died on the spot from gunshot wounds while his cohort, Manuel Felipe, 42, of 574 BMBA 2nd Avenue, was arrested after a brief chase.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said that earlier at 4:30 p.m., operatives of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) received a complaint from a concerned citizen regarding rampant selling of illegal drugs at BMBA Compound.
When operatives proceeded to the area, they chanced upon Jocson and Felipe while transacting illegal drugs to a group of men who immediately scampered to different directions upon seeing the approaching lawmen.
Police said Jocson ran inside his house and opened fire at the lawmen, who retaliated, hitting him in the body while Felipe was arrested.
A caliber .9mm pistol, six transparent plastic sachets containing undetermined quantity of shabu and drug paraphernalia were recovered by police at the crime scene.