October 7, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Four suspected drug personalities were killed in three operations conducted by local police in Quezon City before dawn yesterday.
Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director Senior Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said the first suspected drug pusher was killed in a buy-bust operation conducted at his residence in Saint Florence Street at Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City at about 12:30 a.m.
He said the suspect identified as Renato Tagalan alias “Junjun,” 32, fired at the operatives while the drug deal was being done, prompting the policemen to shoot back.
Eleazar said Tagalan sustained gunshot wounds and was rushed to East Avenue Medical Center, but was declared dead on arrival.
Confiscated from him were a caliber .38 revolver, three fired cartridge cases, one plastic sachet of shabu, two aluminum foils, an improvised tooter, a lighter, and the buy-bust money.
Eleazar said the second buy-bust operation was conducted at about 12:50 a.m. along Gloria St. in Brgy. Gulod, Novaliches, Quezon City, where suspect Danilo Catbagan alias “Danny,” 43, died after firing at anti-illegal drug operatives of the Novaliches police station.
He said Catbagan was rushed to Novaliches General Hospital, but was also declared dead on arrival.
Seized from him were a caliber .45 pistol, four plastic sachets of shabu, and the buy-bust money.
Meanwhile, two men suspected of being involved in illegal drug trade were killed in a checkpoint along Sauyo Road in Novaliches at about 1:30 a.m.
Eleazar said policemen conducting “Oplan Sita” ordered the motorcycle-riding duo to stop for not wearing helmets.
But instead of obeying the order, he said they sped off.
The cops chased the suspects and when the latter were about to be caught, they fired at the policemen, who retaliated.
The suspects were rushed to FEU General Hospital, but were declared dead on arrival.
Eleazar said the two suspects remained unidentified as of yesterday afternoon.
Confiscated from the suspects were a caliber .45 pistol, a caliber .38 revolver, several fired cartridge cases, two plastic sachets of shabu, and two sachets of dried marijuana leaves.
Also found inside the compartment of the suspects’ motorcycle were a driver’s license as well as LTO registration and official receipt in the name of a certain Gener Barcebal Belista.
As of yesterday afternoon, Eleazar said the two suspects remained unidentified. – EAN