THE drug war death toll continued to rise as 10 more suspected drug personalities, including a woman, were killed while seven others were arrested in separate shooting incidents Sunday and yesterday in Manila, Caloocan and Quezon cities.
Two of them were killed by operatives of the Manila Police District-Station 11 in Binondo, Manila.
Senior Insp. Edward Samonte, chief of the intelligence unit of the said station, said Jessie Castro and Ronnel Calahatian have been allegedly maintaining a drug den before their death.
Police said they responded to a tip on the alleged flagrant sale of illegal drugs along Sevilla Street in Binondo.
Upon arriving in the area before 12 noon, Calahatian reportedly fired at the direction of the police and the later fired back.
Both were pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Police said they were able to recover from the site of the alleged shooting encounter two .38 cal. revolvers, shabu worth about P3,000 and several drug paraphernalia.
In Caloocan City, police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said three suspected drug pushers identified only as certain Rodel dela Cruz, Robert Putol and an unidentified man, described as about 30 to 35 years old, 5’7” in height and wearing black shirt and short pants were killed after they allegedly traded shots with police during a buy-bust operation at 2:30 a.m. yesterday at 107 Zapote St., corner Tandang Sora, Bgy. 150.
Almazan said operatives of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 1, led by Senior Insp. Waldo Gontogon, were conducting a buy-bust operation when the suspects, after sensing that they were dealing with police decoy, pulled out their firearms and fired at the lawmen but missed.
A firefight ensued, killing the suspects instantly. Recovered from them were a caliber .38 revolver, a cal. .22 homemade pistol and a pen gun while a plastic sachet of shabu was found from the short pants pocket of the unidentified suspect.
Earlier at 9 p.m. Sunday, another three suspected drug peddlers, one of them a woman, were killed inside their house at Block 16, Lot 20, Kingstown 2 Subd., Bgy. 171, by still unidentified suspects
The woman, described only as about 40 to 45 years old, with butterfly tattoo in the back of her body, and two men, one described as about 30 to 35 years old, and the other described as about 40 to 45 years old, wearing boxer short with tattoo of “Jaguar” in the back, died on the spot from gunshot wounds.
A resident in the area, who requested anonymity, told police that the victims were allegedly involved in illegal drugs trade in Kingstown Subdivision.
In Bgy. 8, elements of Station Anti-Illegal Drug Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) shot dead Danilo Heman, alias “Danny Damulag,” 30, jobless, of Block 5, Tupda Village, after he engaged lawmen in a shootout at 2:50 p.m.
SAID-SOTG head Insp. Cecilio Tomas said they were about to conduct “Oplan-Galugad” in Tupda Village on complaint of concerned citizens regarding alleged rampant selling of illegal drugs, when PO2 Eugene Cruz chanced upon the suspect who was visited twice by operatives during “Oplan Tokhang”.
The suspect allegedly ran inside his house and opened fire towards the direction of police, prompting lawmen to return fire and hit him in the body. Several drug paraphernalia and an improvised shotgun were recovered by police from the suspect.
During the operation, seven persons with links to drugs were also arrested, including two women. They were Jeffrey Garcia, 33, of Maysilo, Malabon City; Raymart Picaña, 34, of 195 Sangandaan; Rodel Consomino, 23, of Tatalon, QC; Richard Brazil, 59, of Salay-Salay St.; Isidro Castrodez, 27, of Tupda, Bgy. 8; Sheryl Solano, 36, of Tupda and Celeste Grace Gutierrez, 38, of Bgy. 28.
In QC, operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) raided a suspected drug den in Bgy. Holy Spirit that left a drug suspect dead after he pulled out a grenade, and the arrest of four others, including a female drug den maintainer, identified as Marites Romero, 54, of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
Acting QCPD director Senior Supt. Guillermo Eleazar identified the slain suspect as Henry Cortes, 52, of Bgy. Holy Spirit. He reportedly surrendered last September 13 to QCPD PS-6 during the implementation of Oplan Tokhang, but continued his illegal drugs trade.
Three other drug suspects were arrested during the raid at house Nos. 21 & 23 Don Carlos St., Don Antonio Heights Subd., Bgy. Holy Spirit, on Sunday.
Prior to the operation, the Station Tactical Operations Center of PS-6 received a text message that a shabu session was ongoing at the drug den of Romero. Acting on the information, at 1:40 p.m., October 23, operatives of PS-6 led by Insp. Mario Pascual conducted a raid. The suspects were caught in the act of sniffing shabu, including Cortez, who upon seeing the policemen, got a hand grenade from his pocket and attempted to pull the safety pin, prompting the operatives to shoot him. He was seriously wounded and rushed to East Avenue Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival.
The arrested suspects will be charged with violation of RA 9165.