Ex-cop’s son falls in ‘shootout’

A SON of a former policeman was shot dead in an alleged shootout with anti-drug operatives in Barangay Carreta, Cebu City yesterday dawn.

Two hours later, the house of his sister was also raided but she managed to escape.

Gener Rondina, 38, was a son of retired SPO4 Generoso Rondina. He was killed by operatives from the Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Raidsotg) 7 and the Regional Special Operations Group (Rsog) 7.

Makaingon ko nga sobra ra kaayo ang ilang gibuhat kay ni-surrender na ila pa gyod gibirahan. Karon naa kunoy armas unya nisukol. Unsaon pagsukol niining balay nga usa ra man ni ka dupa kapin, makasukol pa ba? (It was an overkill because he already surrendered but they still shot him. They said he had a gun and tried to shoot it out with them. But how can that be when the house is very small),” Generoso said.

The operatives had with them a search warrant issued by Judge Wilfredo Navarro of Regional Trial Court Branch 19 against Gener “Nonong” Rondina, his sister, Jocelyn Rondina, and her live-in partner Rewel Villanueva.

When police raided Gener’s house at 3 a.m, he allegedly tried to shoot it out with the operatives using a .45 pistol.

But police hit him first. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

Gun

Recovered from the scene were 17.02 grams of shabu, with an estimated worth of P204,422, and a .45 pistol.

Generoso said he knew about his son’s involvement in the drug trade a long time ago. He said he had warned him against it because of police’s Oplan Tokhang.

Wa gyod nako ni siya pasurendera kay daghan nang panghitabo nga inig surrender pag-uli mamatay ra (I told him not to surrender because he would just die),” he said.

Protocol

He said the operatives did not follow the proper protocol in conducting a raid and planted the gun and drugs found in his son’s possession.

Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Noli Taliño denied the accusations, saying his men would not do that.

Warrant

He said his men placed Gener under surveillance for weeks before they served the search warrant and that they had to show the evidence in court.

Talino said Generoso was also wrong in saying that Tokhang surrenderers are signing their own death sentence.

“The ones he heard being killed are those who surrendered but went back to their old trade. When our police operate against them, they resisted,” Taliño said.

He urged Generoso to file a complaint against the police.

At 5 a.m. on the same day, operatives raided the house of Gener’s sister, Jocelyn, in Barangay Tejero.

But Rewel Villanueva, her live-in partner, and 21-year-old son, Francis John, were caught instead as Jocelyn was not home.

Shabu worth P394,000 and a .45 pistol gun were confiscated from the suspects.

Villanueva said in a Dyhp report that he knew of Rondina’s illegal drugs business and warned her against it, but she ignored him.
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