A MAN tagged as the number one drug personality by the Waterfront Police Station was shot dead when he resisted arrest on D. Gaisano St., Barangay Tejero at 1:35 a.m yesterday.
Regino “Otchong” Dela Cruz sensed that the patrol car with Deputy Chief Insp. Raymund Hortezuela and other policemen were onboard and attempted to pull his gun.
Upon seeing the suspect draw out his. 38 caliber, Hortezuela fired at Dela Cruz first.
Prior to the incident, the policemen responded to a call from a concerned citizen about an armed person sighted near a local mall.
Because the caller’s description fitted with Dela Cruz, they stopped beside Dela Cruz to call his attention, but he got alarmed and pulled his gun.
Dela Cruz’s live-in partner, a certain Darling alleged that her husband was first picked up by the vehicle and when he stepped down he was shot.
He was the subject of numerous Oplan Tokhang operations conducted by the Police Station 3, but he did not submit himself for profiling.
“Naa pa tawn mi mga anak (We still have kids),” she said in a CCTN report.
Thirty-five minutes later, a suspected drug user was killed by an unidentified assailant at Sitio Tuburan, Brgy. Punta Princesa around 2 a.m last Sunday.
Alex Reyes, 39, earns a living as a dispatcher at Sitio Tuburan and also a known thief in the area was found dead by his neighbors.
This was after they heard three gunshots from the interior portion of the sitio where the victim was lying lifeless.
PO3 Rommel Bangcog, homicide investigator told Sun.Star Cebu that they are looking into the possibility that one of Reyes’s victims of theft was the one who shot him.
“Suma pa didto sa mga residente sa duol sa hitaboan, kawatan na siya ang biktima, posible nga ang nag pusil niya ani, iya ra sad gikawatan (According to the victim’s neighbors, the victim is a theif and there’s a possibility that the suspect may be one of his victims of theft)” Bangcog said.
Reyes succumbed to three gunshot wounds, one in the head and two in the chest.
The victim’s body was claimed by his grandparents and was taken to a funeral home.
There were nine recorded deaths in the Homicide Section of the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) since July 1 when President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office and some of which were not included as they were responded by police stations. Danielle Ann A. Tan USJR Journalism intern