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Second top drug personality in Novaliches killed in buy-bust

The second top drug personality in Novaliches, Quezon City was killed after engaging in a shootout with policemen during a buy-bust operation on Tuesday night.

Police Lt. Col. Rossel Cejas, chief of Quezon City Police District’s Novaliches Police Station (PS-4), identified the slain suspect as Criscamar Simos, who was listed as the station’s number two drug personality.

An initial report showed that operatives of PS-4 Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted a drug sting against Simos at Ginintuang Landas Street in Sitio Arguadiente, Barangay Sta. Monica around 11:30 p.m.

An undercover police officer bought P500 shabu from the suspect. However, during the transaction, Simos apparently sensed that he was dealing with a policeman.

This prompted the suspect to draw his handgun and open fire at responding officers resulting in a shootout.

Recovered from the crime scene were eight sachets of shabu, a caliber .38 Armscor 202, pieces of fired bullets and the buy-bust money. (Alexandria San Juan)

Man stabbed to death by neighbor

A man was stabbed dead by his neighbor who he had an argument with at Barangay 179 at the Amparo Subdivision in Caloocan City Tuesday night.

Police identified the victim as Jonathan Rojales, 28; and the suspect as Bonifacio Bendoy, 43; both residents of the area.

Investigation showed that Bendoy was having a drinking spree with his friends outside his house at about 8:45 p.m.

Rojales, who was passing by the area, suddenly got engaged in a heated argument with the suspect.

A few moments later, Bendoy went inside his house to fetch a bladed weapon, which he used to stab the victim once in the chest.

The suspect fled as Rojales was rushed by his neighbor to Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead-on-arrival at about 9:16 p.m.

Elements of the Police Community Precinct-4 arrested Bendoy shortly after that in a follow-up operation.

The suspect is now under police custody and will be facing charges for murder.

An investigation is ongoing. (Minka Tiangco)

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