Drug war: 1 dead, 16 ar­rested in MM

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Rey Galupo, Em­manuel Tu­pas

At least one per­son was killed and 16 others were ar­rested since Fri­day as the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ued its war against il­le­gal drugs.

Com­puter tech­ni­cian Mark An­gelo Aribe, 24, was watch­ing chil­dren play­ing in a com­puter shop along Quirino street in Tondo, Manila when an uniden­ti­fied as­sailant ap­proached him from be­hind and shot him at around 11:45 p.m. Fri­day, Po­lice Of­fi­cer 3 Den­nis Turla said.

A sis­ter of Aribe, who died at the scene, told po­lice he was re­leased from a drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ter in Pasig City last April and had been try­ing to fix his life.

Turla said they are still try­ing to de­ter­mine the mo­tive for the killing and the iden­tity of the as­sailant.

In Que­zon City, 13 per­sons were ar­rested in anti-drug op­er­a­tions since Fri­day.

Jo­mar dela Cruz; Jose Re­tu­lan, 18; Re­nen Alas, 38; Ray­mund Cruz, 26; and Riza­lino Gaspi, 18, were caught in a st­ing in Barangay Kali­gaya­han at around 3:30 a.m. Fri­day.

Po­lice seized four sa­chets of shabu, a dig­i­tal weigh­ing scale and as­sorted drug para­pher­na­lia from the sus­pects.

Michael Ca­gadas, 32, and Rocky Sodonio, 22, were caught us­ing shabu in Barangay Apolo­nio Sam­son at around 4 a.m. Fri­day by po­lice of­fi­cers on rou­tine pa­trol.

Four sa­chets of shabu, drug para­pher­na­lia and an im­pro­vised shot­gun with am­mu­ni­tion were con­fis­cated from them.

Rene Za­panta, 35, and Sher­i­lyn Na­pay, 40, were ar­rested in a st­ing in Barangay Ba­long Bato at around 6:30 p.m. Fri­day. Two sa­chets of shabu were seized from them.

Ma. Cristina Sy, 38; Mark Isagani Soli­man, 34, and a 16-year-old boy were ar­rested in a st­ing in Barangay Pay­atas A at around 1 a.m. yes­ter­day.

Sy is in the barangay’s drug watch­list as an al­leged pusher while Soli­man and the boy were re­port­edly her cus­tomers. Three sa­chets of shabu and marked money were seized from the sus­pects.

Mark So­ri­ano, 30, was ar­rested in another st­ing in Barangay Batasan Hills at around 4:05 a.m. yes­ter­day. Two sa­chets of shabu and a .38 cal­iber re­volver were seized from him.

Mean­while, 34 minors were rounded up in Que­zon City for vi­o­lat­ing a cur­few or­di­nance on Fri­day.

“They were turned over to their barangay of­fi­cials for pro­cess­ing be­fore re­turn­ing to their homes,” Que­zon City Po­lice Dis­trict di­rec­tor Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Guillermo Eleazar said.

In Pasig City, Kurt Si­mon Con­cep­cion was nabbed in a st­ing in Barangay Can­io­gan at around 11:10 p.m. Fri­day.

Eight sa­chets of shabu and P200 in marked money were con­fis­cated from the sus­pect.

In the same barangay, po­lice ar­rested Al­fred Va­len­cia in another drug st­ing at around 11:45 p.m. Fri­day. Seven sa­chets of shabu and P200 in marked money were found in his pos­ses­sion.

In Marik­ina City, Hakey Mul­dong was ar­rested in a drug bust in Barangay Sto. Niño at around 3:30 p.m. Fri­day. An un­de­ter­mined quan­tity of shabu was found in his pos­ses­sion.

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