BAGUIO CITY: Two high-profile drug suspects were recently gunned down in separate incidents that police blamed on syndicates to which the victims belonged.
Joel de Dios Nider, who ran a restaurant at the Slaughter compound here, was shot dead in front of his establishment by two unidentified assassins on Thursday.
Crime scene investigators said a single bullet pierced Nider’s chest, killing him instantly. The type of firearm used was not immediately known.
The Baguio police director, Senior Supt. George Daskeo, said Nider could have been ordered killed by the drug syndicate, while investigators said the syndicate may have discovered that the victim was also a police informer.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Cordillera has listed Nider the No. 9 drug dealer on its watch list.
Nider, 35, had been arrested for drug pushing.
Another suspected drug dealer, doubling as a jeepney barker, was killed before noon also on Thursday.
Marvin Llamido Lazarte was calling for passengers in a terminal along Sinkhole area at lower Magsaysay Avenue when a gunman shot him in the chest.
He died while being treated at Pines City Doctors Hospital.
Like Nider, Lazarte is also on the police drug watch list.
Earlier, another suspected drug dealer who had surrendered to the police was also shot dead while he was about to park his passenger jeepney along East Modern Site on Aurora Hill.
Paul Simeon Lee, 47, according to the Station 6 commander, Chief Insp. Vinson Ogas, named his drug sources during his surrender but reportedly continued with his illicit drug trade.
Since the first week of July, three suspected drug pushers here have been neutralized.
At dawn on Friday, agents of the City’s Anti-Illegal drugs Unit (CAIDU) killed two suspected drug pushers who allegedly engaged policemen in a gunfight along Labsan Street in Kayang extension barangay (village).
Daskeo said Nash Palomique and his unidentified companion opened fire at policemen, sensing that they were transacting with a poseur-buyer.
Crime scene investigators found two caliber .38 revolvers from the suspects, a sachet of shabu, drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money.
Since July 1, 13 drug pushers have been killed in the Cordillera region (two in Abra, four in Baguio, four in Benguet and two in Kalinga).
Drug lair raid nets 6
On Wednesday, Baguio police raided a known lair of alleged drug users and pushers where six persons were arrested.
At least 12 sachets of shabu were seized at the houses of Alma Taher and Jamael Datumanong in Pinewood, Crystal Cave.
Taher, also known as “Aira Datumanong,” “Shanaia Datumanong” and “Almairah Madid,” and Datumanong were not around during the raid.
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cordillera agents also arrested Brookelyne Calion Tiangga, a native of Poblacion in Buguias, Benguet, in her rented apartment near the house of Taher.
She reportedly sold a sachet of shabu to an undercover agent.
A sachet of dried marijuana leaves, a cigarette pack of dried marijuana leaves, a stick of rolled cigarette wrapper containing dried marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia were also found in her possession.
In another residential apartment, five drug users were also caught holding a pot session, including target-listed drug suspect Delfin Montanio Galvez; his live-in partner Angelic Quinto Torio; Arnold Lopez Pangandaman; Geraldine Montanio Navarro; and Jomal Cabantas Alhodo.
Eight sachets with shabu residue, a sachet of shabu weighing about 0.5 gram and several drug paraphernalia were seized from the group.