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4 dead, 4 others arrested in drug war
At least four persons believed to be connected to the illegal drug trade were killed in Metro Manila over the past two days.
In Caloocan City, a suspected drug pusher was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers while four others were arrested Thursday night.
Acting on a tip that “Onok” was selling illegal drugs in the area, police officers conducted an operation along Sampaguita street in Barangay 156 shortly before midnight Thursday.
Sensing the lawmen’s presence, Angelito Chico, 33, and “Leo,” who were subjects of the operation, fled in different directions.
Chico entered his house and reportedly shot at Police Officer 2 Froilan Deocaris, who gave chase. Deocaris fired back and killed the suspect.
Police officers arrested Ricardo Hipolito, 26; Marjohn Blas, 22; Alejandro Hipolito, 53; and Ruth Cruz, 27, and charged with possession of illegal drugs.
Probers recovered a caliber .38 revolver, three sachets of shabu and assorted drug paraphernalia.
In Quezon City, drug suspect Ricardo Bangit, 23, was shot dead in an alleged firefight during a drug bust along Heavenly Drive in Barangay San Agustin before dawn yesterday.
Novaliches police officers were reportedly able to buy P1,000 worth of shabu from Bangit prior to the shootout.
Bangit, who was on the police drug watchlist, died on the way to the Novaliches District Hospital.
Recovered at the crime scene were an Armscor 9mm handgun, six fired cartridge cases, four sachets said to contain shabu and the marked money.
Meanwhile, two men who went to a wake to play a card game were found dead in Caloocan before dawn yesterday.
Danilo Dumpe, 56, was resting in his house with his partner, Susan Gallego, when his friend Bonifacio Gacutan Jr., 41, arrived at past midnight and convinced him to go to the wake.
Several minutes later, Gallego’s neighbor told her that Dumpe and another man were found lying on the pavement at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Rizal Avenue Extension.
Probers said both victims bore gunshot wounds.
A witness told police two men on a motorcycle were seen waiting for the victims.
Dumpe knelt and pleaded with the assailants for his life but they shot him anyway, the witness said.
Gallego said her partner had surrendered during Operation Tokhang and stopped using drugs. – Rey Galupo, Romina Cabrera