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3 slain in Caloocan gunbattles

  • Written by Edd Reyes
  • Published in Metro
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THREE men, including a barangay executive officer (Ex-O),  were killed while another was seriously injured after being hit by a stray bullet in separate shooting incidents Wednesday night in Caloocan City.

Rolando Relebante, 56, Bgy. 8 Ex-O, of Block 5, Tupda Village, was walking inside the covered court in front of barangay hall on Sugpo Street at 10:45 p.m. when two unidentified assailants shot him repeatedly in the body.
    
After the killing, the suspects casually walked outside the covered court, leaving the victim sprawled bloodied on the pavement. He was later rushed by village watchmen to Pagamutang Ba-yan ng Malabon where he succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
    
Caloocan police homicide investigator PO3 Noel Bollosa said the victim was reportedly involved in illegal drugs and served as drug protector in their barangay. Police recovered 10 empty shells, two deformed slugs and three metallic fragments for unknown caliber of firearms.
    
Earlier at around 9:30 p.m., John Paul Benedicto Roma, 25, of Chrysanthemum  St., Camarin, was driving his tricycle and cruising along Capt. Rico Street when he was killed by two armed men riding on a motorcycle at the corner of Ilang-Ilang St., Bgy. 174.
    
Roma was hit by a bullet in the chest and left side of the body, killing him instantly, while another tricycle driver, Renante Hermogenes, was hit by a stray bullet in the leg. He was rushed to Dr. Jose Rodriguez Hospital by responding barangay tanods where he was placed under observation.
    
In Bgy. 139, Bagong Barrio, elements of Caloocan Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1, led by Insp. Edgar Esguerra shot dead suspected drug pusher Dante Galvan, 48, inside his house at 16-G D. Jesus St. after he allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout during a buy-bust operation at around 5:45 p.m.
 
Homicide investigator PO3 Romel Bautista said Galvan pulled out a cal. .38 revolver after handling P300 worth of shabu to PO1 Rodolf Ramos, who acted as poseur, after sensing that he was transacting with police.
    
Galvan shot Ramos but missed, prompting the operatives to return fire, killing him. Recovered from the suspect were a cal. .38 revolver loaded with four ammunition and five plastic sachets of suspected shabu.