THE suspected drug pusher, who was killed in a police operation in Talisay City, Cebu, on Thursday afternoon, August 3, allegedly had connections with the Parojinog group and self-confessed drug lord Franz Sabalones, a police official said.
Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Jose Mario Espino identified the slain drug suspect as Manolito Jasmin Sencil, a high-value target whose operation was in Cebu and other provinces.
Espino said they can conclude that Sencil sourced his illegal drugs supply from Ozamiz City, where the Parojinogs are based. Intelligence reports said Sencil's links to the Parojinog and Sabalones groups started last year.
“We don't know how far pa yung connection nila before 2016,” Espino said.
This is the first time police linked a local drug personality to the Parojinogs.
As for Sabalones, his counsel Atty. Louie Arma had claimed that his client has changed.
Sencil was a friend of Joavan Fernandez, son of Talisay City Councilor and former mayor Socrates Fernandez.
Police arrested Sencil and his cohort Romy Ramas for helping Joavan in shooting a car shop watcher in 2013.
Espino said they are investigating the links of other drug personalities in Central Visayas, but he is sure they have national connections.
Operatives of the Regional Special Operations Group 7 and the Special Action Force raided Sencil's house in Sitio Mansueto, Tabunok.
The suspect resisted arrest, resulting in a shootout.
Seized from Sencil were a loaded .38 revolver, a loaded .45 pistol, a fragmentary grenade, two big packs of suspected shabu, a black bonnet and police camouflage shorts.
The search warrant was issued by Cebu City Regional Trial Court Branch 19 Judge Wilfredo Navarro.