FIVE suspected criminal elements were slain in two separate shootouts with Quezon City (QC) policemen on Thursday night.
QC Police District (QCPD) Acting District Director Sr. Supt. Richard Albano identified two of the three suspects who died on the spot in a clash with elements of the District Public Safety Battalion (DPSB) as Rey Ebondas, 26 years old, of No. 219 Interior 6 Segundo Street, Baesa, Quezon City and Adan Surio, 37, a resident of Tigabao, Liganon town in Southern Leyte.
The third suspect, in his early 30’s, was 5’3” tall, fair complexioned and medium built. He was yet to be identified.
Albano said the slain suspects, who were on board two motorcycles, ignored a checkpoint manned by DPSB personnel led by Sr. Insp. Alejandro Pagar along Regalado Street.
The group were flagged down but ignored the policemen, prompting the authorities to give chase. The suspects were eventually cornered at the Neopolitan Plaza Park along Mindanao Avenue Extension.
Pursuing policemen ordered the suspects to surrender peacefully but opted to open fire at the operatives. A shootout ensued which resulted in the death of the suspects.
Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered from the suspects one cal. 45 with serial no. 801725, two cal. 38 revolvers, a hand grenade, several live ammunitions, spent shells and the two motorcycles used by them.
Meanwhile, Albano added that two of three other suspects who robbed a passenger jeepney plying the Project 2-3-Anonas route were slain in a separate shootout with operatives of Galas Police Station (PS-11) on E. Rodriguez Boulevard corner Gilmore, Barangay Mariana, around 10 p.m.
The suspects posed as passengers and upon reaching E. Rodriguez Boulevard corner Broadway, declared a holdup and scooped driver Roberto Alba’s and other passengers’ cash and belongings, at gunpoint.
Supt. Norberto Babagay, Galas PS-11 commander said patrolling operatives noticed the commotion inside the jeep, prompting them to tail the vehicle.
When the suspects alighted in front of Seneca Plaza, one of them opened fire on the policemen.
After a brief exchange of gunfire, two of the still unidentified suspects died while the third man is now the subject of a follow-up operation.
Investigators recovered from the slain suspects two homemade cal. 38 revolvers, seven live ammunitions, one unit Samsung cellular phone and one black sling bag containing a wallet with cash.