PNP tracks down more HVTs in Metro Manila

May 24, 2020

JOINT operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office and the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group have joined hands in tracking down more ‘high-value targets’ in Metro Manila specifically members of well-organized Chinese drug syndicates involved in large-scale distribution of shabu in the country, NCRPO director, Major General Debold M. Sinas said yesterday.

"The momentum of our operatives in apprehending HVTs in the metropolis is now in full gear as evidenced by the series of major anti-narcotics operations which show that more and more citizens are helping us track down these elusive drug dealers,” the NCRPO director told the Journal Group.

Last Friday evening, combined NCRPO and PNP-DEG operatives headed by Brigadier Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. launched an operation in Taguig City which led in the killing of two heavily-armed suspects in a shootout which marred the conduct of a buy-bust operation.

The sting along C-6 Road in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City around 7 p.m. Friday also resulted in the confiscation of an estimated 12 kilograms of suspected shabu valued at P81.6 million, one of the biggest seizures made by the police in the metropolis so far this year.

Killed after engaging operatives of the PNP-DEG and the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit and Regional Intelligence Division were Ryan F. Labandaria and Ervyn Querubin.

According to Sinas, agents of the PNP-DEG, the NCRPO RSOU/RID, the Southern Police District and the Taguig City Police Station were involved in the operation which ended in a gunfight shortly after the suspects sensed they were dealing with an undercover officer and Labandria pulled out a concealed firearm and tried to shoot the operative.

The suspect and Querubin later escaped on board a black Nissan Navarra triggering a hot pursuit operation which ended in a firefight in Bgy. New Lower Bicutan. Both suspects died while being taken to the hospital.

Recovered during the operation were 12 large plastic packets each containing a kilo of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ all wrapped in Chinese teabag packaging, the P1 million worth of buy-bust money topped by several marked bills, one caliber .45 pistol with six live ammunition, a chamber-loaded KG09 machine pistol with a banana-type magazine loaded with nine bullets, an extra magazine with nine live ammunition, a Toyota Altis with plate no. XNC-631 and a Nissan Navarra without license plates.

In a report to PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, PNP-DEG’s Caramat said that Labandaria, a 26-year old resident of Purok 5, Alta Vista, Ormoc, Leyte and Querubin,35, a resident of DMJ Counco Ally, Correta, Cebu are both ‘HVT’s long being watched by his unit.