A man tagged as high-value target on drugs and gun-for-hire activities was killed in an encounter with police while eight others, including the mother and sibling of the slain suspect who were injured after being caught in a crossfire, were arrested Wednesday night in Makati City.
National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director Guillermo Eleazar said Rolando Abundo Jr., alias “Bagyo”, died on the spot from bullet wounds in the body after he engaged lawmen in a shootout at around 8:30 p.m. at 6644 P. Taylo St., Bgy. Pio del Pilar, Makati City.
Eleazar said combined elements of NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) and Makati City police were about to serve a search warrant issued by Quezon City Executive Judge Cecilyn E Burgos-Villavert in his house when he opened fire at the operatives that triggered a few minute gun battle.
Makati police chief Senior Supt. Rogelio Simon said the suspect’s mother, Susan Ramos, and sister Zea Zyrille, were caught in the crossfire and were rushed to Ospital ng Makati for treatment of superficial wounds while six others, identified as Rixon B. Pantoja, Zyvastian Ramos, Danilo Dy, Roy Protacio, Leonell Lumbario and Mark Greg Lajoy were arrested.
A report reaching the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said several plastic sachets containing shabu weighing about 500 grams with street value of P3.4 million were recovered inside the slain suspect’s house along with a fragmentation grenade, M-16 rifle, cal. .22 long rifle, 100 pieces .22-cal. ammunition, rifle grenade launcher, cal. .45 and three cal. .38 pistol with 18 pieces of live ammunition, several ammunition and undetermined amount of cash.
Albayalde said the slain suspect was a member of criminal syndicate involved in drug trafficking and gun-for-hire operations in southern part of Metro Manila and Cavite province and since he was facing murder charges before the Makati court, it is possible that he was being hired by some influential, rich and unscrupulous politicians to kill.
Senior Supt. Simon said Abundo was the subject of case operation plan (COPLAN) of Southern Police District (SPD) and NCRPO since 2016 for illegal drugs.
Simon said a separate case for violation of Section II of RA 9165 will be filed against the arrested suspects before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office.