DAGUPAN CITY — Another suspected drug pusher in the watchlist was shot dead Tuesday afternoon inside his house in Sitio Bagong Baryo, Barangay Bonuan Binloc, Dagupan City. He was the third suspected drug pusher killed in the city in just two days.
Five armed suspects, one of them a woman, on board two motorcycles shot dead Rafael De Vera, alias “Aping,” 42, inside his house at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday while he was resting and taking coffee.
His mother Teodora, 60, said her son was about to go to the sea to catch fish along with other fishermen in the neighborhood when the incident happened.
Although the houses in the area are close to each other, no one among the relatives of De Vera nor any of his neighbors was able to recognize any of the suspects as they were wearing bonnets.
A report of Supt. Christopher Abrahano, chief of police of Dagupan, stated that De Vera was No. 2 in the BADAC (Barangay Drug Abuse Council) watchlist of drug personalities.
The victim’s mother Teodora told newsmen that Rafael, as well as his younger sister Rosalie, pleaded to the suspects to spare the life of the victim but they still shot him several times at a pointblank distance.
Teodora said she did not believe her son was killed by lawmen nor by so-called vigilantes but by some other people who she did not disclose.
This despite the discovery of a dog tag saying “Wag tularan, Adik ako, may kasunod pa DDS” was found near the body of the victim.
Many in Dagupan residents translate DDS as “Dagupan Death Squad.”
Teodora denied that her son was a drug pusher but only a user and was preparing himself to surrender to Barangay Captain Perfecto Velasquez of Bonuan Binloc in a few days before the incident happened.
Senior Inspector Joel Cabaddu of the Dagupan police confirmed to newsmen at the crime scene that from what he gathered from the relatives of De Vera, he was about to be surrendered to the barangay captain but he was shot and killed before this could happen.
On July 4, two suspected drug peddlers were shot dead in a shootout with policemen when they sensed that the men they were dealing with were actually policemen disguised as poseur-buyers.
The two were identified as Gary “Opay” Catungal, top one drug personality of Malasiqui town; and Reynaldo Piggie Cornel, who was also in the drug watchlist in Dagupan. PNA/northboundasia.com