AT least 24 suspected drug personalities were killed, including a dismissed police officer and his wife, in simultaneous anti-illegal drug operations Thursday night and yesterday in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (Camanava), Pasig, Marikina and Quezon cities.
In Caloocan, dismissed QC policeman SPO1 Ramon Ang and his wife, identified only as certain “Edna”, died on the spot after a hand grenade exploded inside their house at Phase 4C, Package 3, Blk. 40, Bgy. 176, Bagong Silang, past 10 p.m.
Elements of Police Community Precinct (PCP) 3 were about to accost the couple who were allegedly involved in drug pushing when the former police officer tried to throw a hand grenade but instead, it exploded inside their house, killing them instantly.
In BMBA Compound, Bgy. 120, one alias “Amay” and two others, whose identities have yet to be determined, were killed when they engaged lawmen conducting Oplan Galugad in a shootout at around 8:30 p.m. while Erick dela Cruz, 39, of Abato St., Bgy. 13, was also killed in a buy-bust operation.
Around 11:40 p.m., one alias “Mac-Mac”, armed with a cal. .38 revolver, was shot dead by policemen who were conducting One-Time, Big-Time operation in Miranda Subd., Llano Road, Bgy. 167. Two plastic sachets of shabu were recovered from him.
In Bgy. 188, Tala, Ramil Sabalde and RJ Espinosa, who were included on the drug watchlist were killed when they engaged lawmen in a shootout in Phase 12.
During the exchange of gunfire, a policeman who acted as poseur-buyer was hit in the abdomen. He was rushed to Commonwealth Hospital. A cal. .38 revolver, an improvised gun and 16 plastic sachets of shabu were recovered from the slain suspects.
Around 1:30 a.m., elements of PCP-3 gunned down James Sese, alias “Ron-Ron”, an alleged notorious drug pusher at Phase 7C, Package 7, Lower Bgy. 178, Bagong Silang. An improvised shotgun and two plastic sachets of shabu were recovered from him.
In Bgy. 28, Dagat-Dagatan, police shot dead a robbery-holdup suspect following a complaint of taxi driver Thomas Bagcal who was robbed of his earnings at 4 a.m.
At 5:25 a.m., the body of an unidentified man with visible bullet wounds in the body was dumped in a grassy vacant lot on Dallas St., Sampaguita Subd., Bgy. 176, Camarin.
In Valenzuela City, deputy police chief for operation Senior Supt. Rey Medina said five suspected drug personalities -- Antonio Bautista, Reylindo Diome, Rowell Floresca, Fernando Centeno Jr. and one alias “Joel” -- were killed in separate anti-illegal drug operations Thursday night and yesterday dawn.
Bautista was gunned down along Evangelista St., Arkong Bato at 2:40 a.m. Diome was killed in Daang Bakal, MacArthur Highway at 1:50 a.m, Joel was killed in Bernardino St. Gen. T. De Leon at around 12:15 while Floresca and Centeno were gunned down past 11 p.m. Thursday in Libis, Canumay West and at Area 6 Purok 4, Maysan.
In Malabon, District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) operatives led by Supt. Ali Jose Duterte gunned down Arnel Mendoza, 35, when he engaged lawmen in a shootout in an abandoned guardhouse of Kinsgborough Subd., Bgy Panghulo at 3:30 a.m.
Two other drug suspects, identified as Rolando Liwag, 51, and Alvin Villamendez, 47, were killed after a brief shootout with authorities.
In Navotas, Conrado Gapasin, 57, of 388 Gulayan, Gov. A. Pascual St., Bgy. San Jose, and one alias “Boy Pogi” of Road 10, Bgy. North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN), were killed during a buy-bust operation past 11 p.m.
A total of eight plastic sachets of shabu, a cal. .9mm pistol and cal. .38 revolver were recovered from the slain suspects.
Meanwhile, three persons linked to illegal drugs were killed by still unidentified assailants in separate shooting incidents in Marikina and Pasig cities in span of seven hours.
Reports reaching the office of Eastern Police District (EPD) director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula said unidentified motorcycle-riding suspects shot dead Mark del Rosario, 39, of 694 JP Rizal St., Bgy. Concepcion, Marikina City.
Marikina police chief Senior Supt.Roger Quesada said Del Rosario was walking along Farmers 1 cor. JP Rizal Sts. when the armed suspects riding on three separate motorcycles blocked his path at around 11:30 p.m.
The six suspects fired several shots on the victim, killing him instantly.
Seven hours earlier, at around 4:10 p.m., Jhonny Reyes, 29, of 29 M. Roxas St., Bgy. San Roque, also in Marikina City was gunned down by two unidentified suspects while boarding his motorcycle. The suspects approached Reyes and shot him several times, causing his instantaneous death.
Quesada said Reyes was reportedly involved in a series of “Akyat-Bahay” operations within Marikina City.
He is also included on the drug watchlist for selling of drugs in the city.
Meanwhile in Pasig City, at around 4:15 p.m., three armed men shot Christopher Magallano, alias Loloy, of Bgy. Maybunga.
Police said Magallano was playing billiards at 81 Blk. 2, Westbank Rd., Bgy. Maybunga, when the suspects arrived and shot him, killing him on the spot.
Sapitula said all the fatalities are listed on the drug watchlist.
In QC, a drug suspect was killed while four of his cohorts were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Thursday night.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar identified the slain suspect as Arturo Asiddao Jr., 37, of B14, L10, Cardiz St., Bgy. Tatalon.
Asiddao was reportedly on the drug watchlist of Bgy. Tatalon and a drug surrenderer under Oplan Tokhang on July 12, 2016 but continued his illegal drug activities.
Four cohorts of the slain suspect, identified as Kelly Dalire, 27, Vicente Balana, 60, Jaime Carpio, 38, and Paulo Aquillo, 38, all of Bgy. Tatalon, were arrested.
The report said that at 7:50 p.m. Thursday, at the residence of Asiddao, Galas Police Station (PS-11) operatives under Supt. Christian dela Cruz conducted a buy-bust operation against Asiddao. Sensing that he was transacting with police officers, Asiddao drew his firearm and fired at the lawmen who retaliated, wounding the suspect. He was rushed to Delos Santos Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival by an attending physician.
Police seized a cal. .45 pistol with three live ammunition and four fired cartridges, nine sachets of shabu, drug paraphernalia, and the buy-bust money. With Kathleen Mae Bulquerin & Mae Anne Mangubos (OJTs)