A SUSPECTED drug pusher was killed in a buy-bust operation conducted under a bridge in Intramuros, Manila, the other day.
Dead on the spot due to multiple wounds in the body was Rogelio Paglinawan, alias ‘Caloy’, aged between 40 and 45, about 5’2” tall and medium built. He is said to be a member of the ‘Batang City Jail’ gang.
PO3 Ryan Jay Balagtas of the Manila Police District (MPD)-Crimes Against Persons Investigation Section (CAPIS) said that the buy-bust operation took place at around 3:40 a.m. under the Delpan Bridge on Sta. Barbara Street in Intramuros.
Poseur-buyer PO1 Oliver Valenzuela of the MPD-Station 5’s Station Anti-Illegal Drugs -Special Operations Task Unit (SAID-SOTU) was reportedly able to purchase P200 worth of shabu from the suspect. Once the sale was consummated, Valenzuela gave his back up, PO1 Resty Hipolito, a missed call.
The suspect became suspicious, drew a gun and fired at the police but missed. Hipolito, who already arrived at the scene, shot the suspect who was just wounded and even rushed to the hospital where he expired later.
Recovered from the suspect were eight plastic sachets containing shabu, a cal. .38 gun, two pieces of P100 marked money and drug paraphernalia.
Meanwhile, one was killed while two others were arrested while holding a pot session in Binondo, Manila, the other day.
Jayson Garardo of Gate 54, Parola Compound, Binondo, Manila, died on the spot due a lone gunshot wound in the chest while his alleged cohorts, who are now detained at the Manila Police District, were identified as Ismael Palakay, 25, said to be suffering from a walking difficulty, and Glenn Dela Cruz, 35, both residents of Binondo.
A probe by SPO3 Jonathan Bautista of the Manila Police District-Homicide Section showed that at around 12:40 p.m., a concerned citizen called up San Nicolas Police Community Precinct and tipped information that there was on ongoing pot session at 0941 Gate 54 in Parola Compound, Binondo.
Upon verification, the three were found by the police in the act of sniffing shabu. An exchange of gunfire ensued, resulting in the death of Garardo.
Police, meanwhile, recovered from the site a .38 cal. gun and two plastic sachets containing shabu. Appropriate charges are now being readied against the arrested suspects.