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8 killed for drugs in 2 Metro shootouts, 5 held

  • Written by edd reyes, Arlene rivera & jeffrey c. tiangco
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Eight more persons were added to the list of slain drug suspects in separate shooting incidents Tuesday night and yesterday in Caloocan and Pasig cities while five others were arrested in Makati, Taguig and Pateros.

Crispin Santos, 31, of 924 Libis Baesa, Bgy. 160, Sta. Quireria, Caloocan City, and Daniel Padilla, 29, of Block 4, Lot 21, Sitio Cabaluhan, Bgy. Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds in their bodies.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Johnson Almazan said elements of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 7 responded to the complaint of a concerned citizen in Sta. Quiteria regarding an ongoing “cara y cruz” on Riverside, Bgy. 160, where the players were using shabu as bets.
When operatives arrived in the area at around 4:14 a.m., the group of bettors scampered to different directions while the suspects drew their firearms and fired shots towards the lawmen while running towards Tullahan River.
Operatives returned fire,  resulting in their untimely death. Recovered from the slain suspects were two cal.  .38 revolvers and a coin purse containing three plastic sachets of shabu while several drug paraphernalia, a plastic sachet containing shabu and an aluminum foil containing dried marijuana leaves were recovered at the betting place.
At 3:15 a.m. operatives of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (SAID-SOTG) shot dead Gary Layug, a known drug pusher and allegedly a notorious robbery-holdup suspect in the area.
Prior to the incident, operatives of SAID-SOTG responded to a call from a concerned citizen regarding rampant selling of illegal drugs on 6th Avenue allegedly by Layug.
When policemen arrived in the area, they spotted Layug, who immediately ran inside a house and opened fire at the lawmen, prompting them to retaliate and hit the suspect in the head and body.
Earlier at 11:50 Tuesday, elements of SAID-SOTG were conducting “Oplan Galugad” on Daang Bakal, Bgy. 52, when an unidentified suspect, described as about 30 to 35 years old, 5’7” in height and wearing white and black shirts and gray pants pulled out his firearm and fired successively towards the lawmen.
Operatives, who were able to duct for cover, returned fire, killing the suspect. A cal. .38 revolver, two transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, five unsealed plastic sachets with traces of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia were recovered by police from the slain suspect.
At 11:30 p.m., a buy-bust operation conducted by joint elements of District Special Operations Group (DSOU) and District Anti-Illegal Drugs (DAID) turned bloody when alleged drug pusher, Ernesto Pineda, 47, of Bgy. Tala, Sta. Rita tried to shoot it out with policemen, causing his untimely death.
Supt. Ali Jose Duterte, the leader of the team, said that when Pineda sensed that he was dealing with a police decoy, he ran towards his house and fired shots, prompting lawmen to retaliate and hit him. He was rushed to E. Rodriquez Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to bullet wounds in the body.  A cal. .38 revolver and three plastic sachets of shabu were recovered from him.
In Bgy. Bagong Silang, Rodolfo Garcia, 39, of Phase 9, Package 1, Block 2, Lot 29, Bgy. 176, was driving his tricycle along Sampalokan Street when two armed men on board a motorcycle blocked his path at the corner of Phase 9 at 8:40 p.m.
The suspects, both wearing bonnets and face masks, shot the victim repeatedly, killing him. Six empty shells for cal. .45 pistol were recovered by police at the scene.
Police said a concerned citizen in the area revealed that the victim was involved in illegal drug activities.
In Pasig City, a notorious member of the “Akyat-Bahay Gang” and included in the drug watchlist of the police and another drug personality were killed in separate areas.
Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said Richard Lara, alias Pusa, 33, single of 38 Villa St., Bgy. Palatiw, died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said Lara was talking with his lady friends on N. Cruz Street when  two MC-riding suspects arrived at 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
Police said the back rider alighted from the motorcycle and shot Lara repeatedly in the body. The suspects then sped away.
Sapitula said Lara is a  notorious akyat-bahay and known snatcher in their barangay. He was also  on the drug watchlist of Barangay  Sto. Tomas as  pusher and user.
Police recovered slugs for an unknown caliber of firearm and plastic sachet with suspected shabu and tooter from the victim’s pocket.
Four hours earlier, Frederick Miraso, alias Ilong, 23, of 627 Red St., Windfield, Bgy. Sto. Tomas, Pasig City, was gunned down on Malasaga Salandanan St., near Parian creek, Bgy. Pinagbuhatan, at 8:45 pm Tuesday.
Police said Miraso was walking on his way home when two unidentified MC-riding suspects  opened fire at him.
Miraso suffered gunshot wounds in the body and died on the spot.
In anti-illegal drug operations and Oplan Tok-hang in Makati and Taguig cities and Pateros, five suspects were arrested.
Arrested were Arman Armiza, 34, baker, Jona-than Morgadez, alias Jorge, 21, construction worker; Allan Blanco, alias Allan, 46, electrician, all residents of Taguig City; Crispin Mamuyac, alias Kid, 34, of 5770 Santuico St., Bgy. Pio Del Pilar, Makati City; and Joseph Santos, alias Seph, 22, of 3 P. Rosales St., Tibay Subd., Sta. Ana, Pateros.
Police said Morgadez and Blanco were arrested in a raid on a house on Gen. Espino St., Bgy. South Signal, on a tip that shabu session was ongoing inside the said house.
Mamuyac was arrested at 11:30 p.m. on Taylo St., Bgy. Pio Del Pilar, by joint operatives of PDEA, DAID-SOTG, SPD, headed by Senior Insp. Wilfredo Sangel in a buy-bust operation.
Pateros police arrested Santos at 12:30 a.m. yesterday on P. Rosales St., Tibay Subd., Bgy. Sta Ana.
At 2:30 a.m., PO1s Adrian Molina and Urphanadia Amazona, of Taguig police, arrested Armiza in an Oplan Tokhang operation after one small plastic sachet of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia was recovered from him.
Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 were filed against the suspects.