Top drug ‘traders’ shot dead

THREE suspected drug personalities were killed by unknown assailants in Dalaguete and Danao City in the past three days.

From July 1 until 6 a.m. yesterday, the records of the Police Regional Office 7 showed 182 drug pushers were executed mostly by gunmen riding on a motorcycle.

A 43-year-old woman who promised not to sell shabu again was caught in a raid in her house in Barangay Poblacion, Carcar City yesterday afternoon.

Carcar City Police Chief Jose Liddawa Jr. said they seized 15 grams of shabu worth P177,000 from the suspect, Leslie Nacario.

Looc

In Barangay Looc, Danao City, Nelson Malapitan Batoon, 48, and Ranulfo Mangas Matiga, 50, were attacked by six armed men at 1:10 a.m. last Tuesday.

A relative, who requested anonymity, said they planned to file a complaint before the Commission on Human Rights 7.

He said the six-year-old niece of Batoon saw the face of one of the gunmen. The girl was sleeping near her uncle when the incident happened, but she was unscathed.

The girl is in trauma, said the relative.

Some of the perpetrators shot Batoon several times while he was standing outside his house. He succumbed to five gunshot wounds in the body, three in the head, and two in the left part of his face.

The other members went to the room where Matiga was sleeping and peppered his body with bullets. He got hit in the right portion of his face, seven times in the head, six in the back, and a slug tore through his right arm.

Investigation led by SPO1 Rodrigo Roble showed the two victims were in the list of drug personalities operating in the city.

Seven empty shells of .45 pistol were recovered near the body of Matiga. Police found five empty shells of .38 revolver, four shells of .45 pistol, and two from .9mm pistol.

Cleaning ranks

Senior Insp. Alejandro Batobalonos, the city police chief, said he did not deploy his own personnel to go after suspected drug personalities who still continue selling shabu.

The police official believed the groups are cleaning their own ranks, afraid their members might squeal their names to them.

At 10 p.m. last Monday, an unidentified assailant shot Jeffrey Pantujan Carulasan, 33, to death in Barangay Obong, Dalaguete.

The victim, who suffered several gunshot wounds in the body, was rushed by residents to a public hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

His mother told the police he was a junkie, but she did not know if he got involved in the illegal drug trade.

Neighbors and barangay officials, however, said the victim was a courier. He allegedly mauled his former lovers.
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