FOUR drug suspects were killed in separate shooting incidents yesterday and Tuesday night in Caloocan and Quezon cities.
Construction worker Paul Adrian Manliclic was sleeping inside his house at Phase 9, Package 3-C, Maharlika Street, Blk. 17, Lot 11, Bgy. 176, Ba-gong Silang, Caloocan City, when unidentified armed men wearing bonnets and face masks forcibly barged in at 1:45 a.m.
The suspects dragged the victim outside his room then shot him in the head and body, killing him instantly.
Earlier at 11:30 p.m. also in Bgy. Bagong Silang, elements of Caloocan Police Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Group (SAIDSOTG) shot dead Mar Cambaliza, alias “Jerry,” during buy-bust operation.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said that after a police poseur-buyer handed the P500 marked money to the suspect in exchange for a plastic sachet of shabu, the lawmen tried to arrest him but the latter pulled out a gun and engaged police in a shootout.
The suspect was able to run to an abandoned house at Phase 10, Package 3, Bgy. 176, while continuously firing his gun until he was cornered and hit by a bullet that resulted to his instantaneous death.
In Bgy. 186, Samuel Isip, 23, was driving a tricycle with his mother Susana as his passenger when two men on board a motorcycle blocked their path at the corner of Malaria Road and Joseph Avenue at 9:40 p.m.
The back rider pulled out a cal. .45 pistol and repeatedly shot the victim, killing him instantly. Seven empty shells and two deformed fired bullets for cal. .45 pistol were recovered by police at the crime scene.
In Quezon City, police gunned down the top 3 in the drug watchlist of Masambong Police Station (PS-2) during an encounter in Bgy. Katipunan, yesterday morning.
Acting QCPD director Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar reported to National Capital Region Police Office director Chief Supt. Oscar D. Albayalde the death of the no. 3 drug target at a checkpoint at 1:30 a.m. yesterday conducted by Station Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG), led by Chief Insp. Erwin Guverra, and Station Investigation and Detection Management Branch (SIDMB), led by Senior Insp. Wennie Cale, of Masambong Police Station (PS-2), on Roosevelt Ave. corner Mangga St., Bgy. Katipunan.
Eleazar identified the slain suspect as Danilo Esparagoza, alias Dan Dan, about 45-50 years old, of Bgy. Sto. Cristo, Bago-Bantay, QC.
Eleazar said the suspect is a notorious drug courier/peddler in nearby Bgys. Pag-asa, Sto. Cristo, San Antonio and Veterans Village.
A report gathered from the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said that Esparagoza, on board a blue Yamaha motorcycle, ignored a checkpoint on Roosevelt Ave. and fled.
He was chased by the police and was cornered at Road B and Road A, Bgy. Veterans Village, Project 7. When he was about to be arrested, Esparagoza drew a firearm and fired at the operatives, who retaliated, killing him.
Investigation showed Esparagoza was also the driver-cohort of TV cameraman-drug courier Dennis Ofilada, who was arrested on Sept. 18, 2016, but he managed to escape on a motorcycle during an Oplan Sita by elements of QCPD PS-2 on Mindanao Avenue, Project 6.
Recovered from the slain suspect were 27 plastic sachets of shabu weighing about 15 grams with estimated street value of P30,000, a cal. .38 revolver and three bullets, four fired cartridge cases and a blue Yamaha motorcycle without plate number.