AN armed “high-value” drug target in Metro Manila believed to be connected to some convicted drug lords now serving time at the national penitentiary was killed in a shootout with undercover officers of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit of the National Capital Region Police Office early yesterday morning in Quezon City.
NCRPO director Major Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the encounter took place at around 5:15 a.m. following a buy-bust operation which led to the seizure of about P27.2 million worth of shabu.
The suspect identified as Edgardo Alfonso alias ‘Edgar,’ a resident of Barangay Tramo, Quezon City, had just sold a kilo of shabu to a poseur from the NCPRO-RDEU in front of the Total Gasoline Station at the corner of P. Tuazon Avenue and 18th Avenue in Barangay San Roque, Q.C. when he sensed the ongoing entrapment operation. He drew a handgun and fired shots at the lawman as he fled but missed.
The NCRPO-RDEU operatives backed up by members of the Q.C. Police District and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency pursued the fleeing suspect and eventually killed him in a gunbattle.
Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were four pieces of transparent ziplock plastic bags each containing around a kilo of shabu worth P6.8 million, the P1.6 million worth of boodle money topped by a marked P1,000 bill, a chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistol with a loaded magazine and a black holster.
Also seized from the suspect was a wallet containing assorted cards and his Tax Identification Number (TIN) ID card.
Eleazar said Alfonso was a major target of their continuing anti-narcotics operation in the metropolis. “The slain suspect is believed to be a member of an organized drug trafficking syndicate operating in Metro Manila for years until he was convinced by one of our undercover officers to sell him shabu.”
He said they are following up information that the suspect is connected to some convicted drug lords now serving time at the National Bilibid Prisons. He however did not name names saying any such disclosure would jeopardize ongoing follow-up operations by his men.
The NCPRO director said that as of yesterday, they are still conducting a number of operations against other known ‘HVTs’ in Metro Manila who are in cahoots with Alfonso.
Meanwhile, Karen Anne Bangilan, 36, of No. 2286 Pastor St., Balut, Tondo, was gunned down by two unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen outside her house at around 7:15 p.m. Saturday.
The motive in the killing is still unknown.
With Itchie Cabayan