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3 pushers slain in Navotas OTBT ops

  • Written by Edd Reyes
  • Published in Metro
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THREE suspected drug pushers were killed in “One-Time, Big-Time” anti-criminality operations Thursday afternoon inside the Navotas Fish Port Complex while three more bodies of suspected drug personalities were discovered before dawn yesterday in Navotas City.

Northern Police District (NPD) director Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo identified the slain suspects as Raul Rarugan, alias “Ninong”, Jommel Ejorcades, alias “Bok-noy”, both of Road 10, Sitio Sto. Niño, Bgy. North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), and one alias “Jimmy”. The three were all members of “Sputnik Gang” who are included in the drug watchlist of Navotas police.

Investigation showed that joint elements of NPD District Intelligence, District Public Safety Batallion, Special Reaction Unit, Navotas police and Maritime Group were conducting One-Time-Big-Time” anti-criminality operations inside Navotas Fish Port Complex Market 3 at 3 p.m., when they chanced upon Rarugan and Ejorcades handling to each other a heat-sealed plastic sachet believed to be shabu.

Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio said the suspects allegedly drew their handguns when they sensed the presence of lawmen but their guns allegedly jammed, prompting police operatives to shoot them dead. Police recovered from the slain suspects two cal. .38 revolvers, three plastic sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

A few meters away at an alley in Block 7, Market 3, “Jimmy”, a known drug peddler in the area, tried to elude arrest and allegedly engaged lawmen in a shootout while hiding in a concrete wall. However, after a few minutes of exchange of gunfire, the suspect was hit in the body and died on the spot. Recovered from him was a cal. .38 revolver and one  plastic sachet of shabu.
    
Fajardo said they also arrested Frankie Tebar, 35, and his live-in partner Rodelyn Cayatano, 26, both of Market 3, PFDA, Bgy. NBBN, and Paquito Abuga, 29, of Bgy. Bangkulasi, who were the subject of an arrest warrant issued by Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) Branch 54 for violation of Article 285 of the Revised Penal Code.
    
Meanwhile, at 3:25 a.m. yesterday, three bodies of suspected drug personalities were discovered in separate areas in Navotas City.
    
Renato Rono, 26, of Market 3, was found sprawled in North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN) with multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
    
After a few minutes, police found the body of one Angelo Lapuerte, 23, and one alias “Benjie” along C-3 Road, NBBS. The two victims sustained gunshot wounds in their heads and bodies and their hands were tied behind their backs.
    
Navotas Fish Port Complex Maritime Unit head Supt. June Jamolo said the three were all involved in selling illegal drugs in Market 3 and were included in a police drug watchlist.