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2 killed in Manila drug bust

Two alleged drug peddlers were killed by police during a buy-bust operation on Thursday evening in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

The police identified the suspects as Anthony Libanto, around 30 years old, of Tuazon Street, Sampaloc Manila and RenanteJorolan, around 55 years old of Sta. Cruz, Manila. Both were members of Sigue¬Sigue Sputnik Gang.

Investigation showed that Sta. Cruz police operatives conducted a joint buy-bust operation with Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents against the two suspects inside a two-storey house along Quiricada Street corner Ipil Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila at about 7:45 .p.m.

An undercover operative purchased P500 worth of shabu from Libanto. After realizing that he was being entrapped, he shot the police and ran inside of the alley toward their house.

The cop returned fire and he covered himself to their occupied house. Instantaneously, police were able to corner him resulting to the suspect’s death.

Moments later, Jorolan came out of the room which was about two meters away from the police and shot them but missed. Police retaliated shortly and shot him inside the room.

Both suspects were rushed to Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center but declared dead on arrival.

Seized from the suspects were eight sachets of suspected shabu, P500 cash used as buy-bust money.

Recovered from the crime scene were two .38 caliber revolver with three live ammunition and one fired cartridge case and other one live ammunition and two fired cartridge cases, four fired cartridge cases and two fired bullets. (Erma Edera)

Amin Buratong member arrested in Pasig

An alleged member of Amin Buratong drug syndicate and his live-in partner were arrested after yielding P50,000worth of suspected shabu in Pasig City on Thursday.

At around 11 a.m., members of Eastern Police District Drug Enforcement Unit (DDEU), District Special Operations Unit (DSOU), and personnel of Pasig City Police served the search warrant against Elden Piamonte, 38; and Adora Santos, 39; at No. 54 San Bernando Street, Barangay San Joaquin, Pasig.

Police said that Santos was caught with Piamonte inside his house during serving of the warrant.

EPD Director Chief Supt. Bernabe Balba said that Piamonte is a member of Buratong drug syndicate—a narcotics group led by Amin Buratong that operated a shabu “tiangge” in Pasig City before it was shut down after his arrest in 2006.

“According to the District Intelligence Unit, Piamonte was a runner for the Buratong drug group and eventually becoming a pusher for the syndicate,” Balba said.

Piamonte is included in the drug watch list of Pasig City Police and was under surveillance since November 2016.

He was eventually arrested on Oct. 16, 2017 for illegal drugs but he was temporarily released after posting bail.

Meanwhile, an alleged member of Buratong drug syndicate was arrested in a buy-bust operation conducted by the elements of DDEU and District Intelligence Unit (DIU) on July 3.

Policemen nabbed Antonio Intalan, 49, of Barangay Pineda, Pasig and yielded P1.25 millionworth of suspected shabu with an estimated weight of 190 grams.

Seized from Piamonte and Santos were 36 sachets of suspected shabu, weighing about 11 grams, with an estimated value of P54,560 and several drug paraphernalia inside a black belt bag.

Suspects will be charged for violating RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (Jhon Aldrin Casinas)

Police asset gunned down by motorcycle-riding tandem

The woman who was slain by two assailants onboard a motorcycle along Don Vicente Ang St. in Caloocan City on Wednesday evening may be a police asset said the investigator on case.

Investigation showed that Clariz Marie Ocampo, 26, resident of Reparo St., Barangay 132, Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City, was followed by two men riding a motorcycle while she was onboard a tricycle at about 10:30 p.m.

Residents of the area reported hearing screams of help from Ocampo, then successive gunshots, then silence.

According to a report, upon reaching the dark and quiet street, the assailants blocked Ocampo’s path and shot her on different parts of her body then sped away.

Police said there were no witnesses to the crime except for the unidentified tricycle driver, who police are still hunting for.

Police are also investigating whether the tricycle driver was an accomplice in Ocampo’s killing.

Additionally, police said no one, not even her family, knew where Ocampo was going on the night she was killed.

The investigator on case said the killing may be drug-related after a sachet of suspected shabu was found in the back pocket of the victim.

Retrieved from the crime scene were six fired cartridge cases, a deformed fired bullet, and a caliber .45 live ammunition.

The victim’s body was brought to Eusebio Funeral Homes in Malabon City for autopsy examination.

Further investigation is underway. (Minka Tiangco)

Alleged gun runners killed in QC shootout

Three still unidentified men who were alleged gun runners were killed when a buy-bust turned into a shootout in Quezon City, Thursday afternoon.

Investigators of the Quezon City Police District described the slain suspects to be in their late 20s and earlys 30s, with tattoos in their bodies.

Police said that the suspects are behind the illegal selling of firearms in Quezon City.

Operatives of QCPD Special Operations Unit (DSOU) conducted a buy-bust against the suspects along Cavite Street in Barangay Bago Bantay around 3:45 p.m.

An undercover operative of DSOU purchased three 12 gauge shotgun from the suspects.

However during the transaction, the two men apparently sensed the presence of other operative prompting them to pull out their firearms and shot at the police officers.

A shoot out ensued which resulted in the death of the suspects due to multiple gunshot wounds in their bodies.

Authorities were able to recover from the suspects the three Armscor 12 gauge shotguns, three caliber .45 pistols, and the marked money. (Alex San Juan)

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