A SUSPECTED drug pusher who surrendered to the police and promised not to engage in illegal drug trade anymore was killed in a shootout with the police during a buy-bust at 12:25 a.m. in Sitio Pagutlan, Barangay Maslog, Danao City.
Aside from Wilfredo Quimbo, who was 40, his alleged cohorts Benjamin Pepito, 32, and Gerome Austria, 45, also died.
Several firearms and 31.5 grams of shabu worth P372,172 were seized from the suspects.
Twelve hours later, a man wanted for illegal gun possession died after he was shot by the police in the body when he attempted to shoot it out with the team from the Regional Intelligence Division (RID) 7 in Barangay Tuyan, Naga City.
The casualty was identified as Clyde Medina Pansoy, who was convicted of illegal possession of firearms in 2012.
SPO1 Reynaldo Solante, a member of RID 7, said they rushed Pansoy to Minglanilla District Hospital, but Dr. Jatuporn Andre Vatanagul declared him dead on arrival.
In Maslog, Danao City Police Chief Senior Insp. Alejandor Batobalonos said Quimbo surrendered last week during Oplan Tokhang.
The police later learned that Quimbo and his group engaged again in selling shabu.
“Isog man gyud ni sila nga grupo kay mibahad man gani ni nga kun dakopon, makigpatay. Pinusilay ilang gusto, dili magpadakop sa pulis (Their group was fearless because they boasted that if there were attempts to capture them,
they would fight to death. They liked to shoot it out, they don’t want to be arrested by us,” said Batobalonos.
During the buy-bust, PO1 Clester Alcansado acted as the customer. He wore a bulletproof under his shirt.
After Alcansado gave P200 for a sachet of shabu, Quimbo realized he was dealing with the police after seeing him trying to touch him.
The suspect shoved the officer’s hand and ran. Quimbo then pulled out his .45 pistol and opened fire at Alcansado, whose vest was hit twice.
PO3 Phil Restauro, who took cover behind a tree, hit back. Austria and Pepito helped Quimbo by shooting at the police.
The operatives continued shooting until the three were hit. They were rushed to the city’s public hospital, but they were declared dead on arrival.
A .45 pistol still loaded with four bullets, the P200 marked bill and a medium pack of shabu were seized from Quimbo, a level two drug pusher.
From Pepito, a medium pack of shabu and a .38 revolver with four empty shells and a bullet were found by the police.
A .357 revolver with two bullets and two empty shells and another medium pack of shabu were taken from Pepito.
Two suspected drug pushers were shot and killed in what police described as a shootout and an armed person alarm in Barangays Guadalupe and Tisa.
The Guadalupe police served a warrant of arrest for robbery against Judeniño Sombreno, 32, who was also in the watchlist of the station.
“Dugay na ni nato siyang gipangita. Kagahapon pag-Tokhang, wala ni siya og iyang mga pariente ra among gitugon nga ipa-surrender na siya (We’ve been looking for him for a long time. Yesterday, when we conducted our Oplan Tokhang, we told his relatives to persuade him to surrender),” Chief Insp. Jose Gesto of the Guadalupe police said.
Gesto said that their station conducted a Tokhang operation for two hours in the sitio prior to the incident.
But, the suspect did not surrender in the program.
He said Sombreno was part of the “Saballa Gang,” which was based in Cebu and involved in a series of robbery and hold-up incidents around the city in 2014.
The criminal gang would also target nearby cities of Talisay and Mandaue, Gesto said.
According to the Guadalupe chief, the suspect’s middle name was Saballa and was believed to be a relative of the leader of the criminal group.
Around 12:45 p.m. yesterday, police visited Sombreno in his house in Sitio Kalubihan and chanced upon him cleaning his motorcycle.
When he saw the police approaching, Sombreno pulled his .38 caliber pistol out of his motorcycle’s utility box and went inside a house, 100 meters away from his original location.
The police then chased him and when they reached the house, the suspect fired twice at them, prompting them to fire back.
He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in his head and upper torso.
Another shooting incident between a drug pusher and two policemen took place in their neighborhood in Sitio Motra, Barangay Tisa last Saturday afternoon.
Gerald Cediño, 22, was shot by SPO2 Renante Nioda from the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) when the former pulled out a handgun and engaged in a scuffle with PO2 Arnold Cabildo from the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Caidsotg).
According to the initial investigation of the Homicide section, Nioda was resting in his house when his neighbors alerted him that Cediño was armed.
Nioda called Cabildo as back-up and together, they went to Cediño’s house to invite him to a nearby police station.
But Cediño allegedly pulled his gun, which was then grabbed by Cabildo in an effort to pacify him.
In an interview, Senior Insp. Hartzel Peter Billedo, chief of the Caidsotg, said a brief scuffle ensued, but when Nioda saw that Cabildo was overpowered by Cediño, he shot the suspect.
Police recovered one medium-sized sachet of shabu, empty plastic in different sizes used for repacking shabu and a tin foil from the suspect’s bag.
Cediño was in the watchlist of Punta Prinsesa Police Station and had many records in the barangay’s logbook like theft and drug peddling.