MANILA, Philippines – Five men were killed by police in separate anti-crime operations in Quezon City in a span of four hours before dawn yesterday.
The first fatality, Virgilio Reyes, 27, was gunned down near a creek along Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Old Balara.
The security guard of a nearby funeral chapel told police that he was manning his post when he heard successive gunshots at around 12:30 a.m.
He reported the incident to barangay officials after he saw Reyes lifeless with multiple gunshots to the body.
Members of the Quezon City Police District Special Operating Unit killed four men, whose identities remain unknown, in separate encounters in Barangays Holy Spirit and Payatas A.
Police said they recovered a 9mm pistol, a .38-caliber revolver, two .45-caliber pistols and sachets of shabu during the operations.
The cases were turned over to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the Quezon City police.
Drug suspect slain, 24 nabbed
A suspected drug pusher died in an alleged encounter with police while 24 others were arrested in separate operations in Metro Manila in the past two days.
In Manila, Jinggoy Bacolo was killed after he allegedly engaged anti-narcotics operatives in a firefight in Lawton at past 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
Prior to the shootout, police said Bacolo snatched the mobile phone of a man while waiting for a jeepney ride in the area.
Probers said they recovered an improvised gun and two sachets of shabu from Bacolo.
Lawton police community precinct commander Senior Inspector Randy Veran said Bacolo was on the drug watchlist.
At least 24 drug suspects were apprehended in separate stings in the northern part of Metro Manila.
Police said 12 of the suspects were collared during a pot session in Caloocan City.
The other suspects were rounded up in Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.
They allegedly yielded packets of shabu, drug paraphernalia and the marked money.
The suspects are being held on charges of violating Republic Act 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. – With Ghio Ong