Drugs eyed in Caloocan barangay chief’s slay

The Philippine Star - - NEWS - By REY GALUPO With Rom­ina Cabr­era, Non Alquitran

Po­lice are look­ing into il­le­gal drugs as a pos­si­ble mo­tive for the killing of a barangay chair­man in Caloocan City by uniden­ti­fied as­sailants in Valen­zuela on Thurs­day.

Em­manuel Cruz, chair­man of Barangay 79, was with Sun­shine Gar­cia in a Hyundai car (MQ-4452) parked in front of a su­per­mar­ket along MacArthur High­way in Barangay Ma­lan­day when four men on two mo­tor­cy­cles opened fire at around 5 p.m.

Cruz and Gar­cia died at the scene from gun­shots to the body.

Two other barangay of­fi­cials, Hilda Pa­dayao and Joel de­los Reyes, were wounded in the at­tack.

Pa­dayao and De­los Reyes were rushed to the Valen­zuela Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Al­lied Care Ex­pert Med­i­cal Cen­ter, re­spec­tively.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Rey Me­d­ina, Valen­zuela as­sis­tant po­lice chief, said Cruz and his com­pan­ions had just stepped out of a burger store when the shoot­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Sources in the Caloocan po­lice said Cruz was on the city’s drug watch­list and con­sid­ered a high­value target.

22 nabbed in drug st­ings

At least 22 peo­ple were ar­rested in sep­a­rate anti-drug op­er­a­tions in Metro Manila in the past two days.

Twenty of the drug sus­pects were col­lared in Que­zon City.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied some of them as Brenda Al­moguera, 39; Den­nis Deu­dor, 38; Marnie Gon­za­les, 40; Carmina Mo­rales; Ar­turo Al­can­tara; Glenn Ger­ald Da­canay, 31; Ar­nel Pulido, 33; Alexan­der Osma, 48; Catherine David, 28; John Chris­tian Carao, 21; Ruel Tabong, 45; Made­line Ga­toc, 51; Rodolfo Danan, 44; JM Colico, 26; Je­sielyn Es­pa­ton, 21; Joselito Ayes, 38, and Ro­ge­lio Bautista, 47.

The sus­pects were rounded up in Barangays Soc­corro, UP Cam­pus, Sikatuna, Pan­sol, Sauyo, San Bar­tolome, Sta. Mon­ica, Kali­gaya­han and Bag­bag.

They al­legedly yielded shabu and drug para­pher­na­lia.

In San Juan, two sus­pected drug push­ers were ap­pre­hended in a st­ing yes­ter­day.

Ed­uardo Cruz, alias Ed­die Boy, 32, and Rosela Ramos, 33, were col­lared by anti-nar­cotics agents headed by In­spec­tor Ed­win Mal­a­banan of the Sta­tion Drug En­force­ment Unit.

Mal­a­banan tagged Cruz and Ramos as the al­leged sup­pli­ers of il­le­gal drugs in Barangay Lit­tle Baguio.

The two were caught after they al­legedly sold P300 worth of shabu to a po­lice of­fi­cer who posed as a buyer.

The sus­pects are be­ing held by po­lice on charges of violating Repub­lic Act 9165, the Com­pre­hen­sive Dan­ger­ous Drugs Act. –

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