3 suspected drug personalities shot dead in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY – A jeepney driver, who was suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade, was shot dead by one of his passengers along the Dagupan-Calasiao road in Barangay Caranglaan Friday afternoon.

The fatality was identified as Dionisio Prestoza, 45, of Barangay Navaluan, Mangaldan, who was shot by the suspect in front of the other passengers at the back of his head at close range and died on the spot.

The jeepney driven by the victim was traversing from north to south direction when the incident happened. The gunman, who wore black jacket with hood, boarded the jeepney in front of the Caranglaan Elementary School and shot the victim along the way.

The gunman alighted from the jeepney as if nothing happened and walked toward a waiting motorcycle driven by his unidentified cohort.

The police reported that prior to the shooting, the victim was allegedly seen transacting illegal drugs in Dagupan and Calasiao.

One fired cartridge of Cal. 45 pistol was found by investigators from the crime scene. Police are still investigating the motive of the slaying.

Two other shooting incidents also perpetrated by unidentified armed men, were recorded on Sept. 16 in Alcala and San Fabian towns.

Shot dead by unidentified motorcycle riding criminals in Barangay Laoac, Alcala at 9:00 a.m of Sept. 16 was Michael Gacad, 35, who the police said was a newly identified drug personality in Alcala.

His companion, Elecio Pedrozo, 38, was wounded and is now undergoing treatment in an undisclosed hospital. Pedrozo, the police said, was number one drug personality in the town.

Both victims, who were allegedly among the drug personalities who surrendered to the police, were on board a motorized tricycle heading to the west direction when they were followed by the suspects and opened fire at them six times using a Cal. 45 pistol as evidenced by fired cartridges found at the crime scene.

Also shot dead by unidentified armed men in Barangay Poblacion, San Fabian was Pedro Balarbar, alias Tacio and Peter, identified to be in the Barangay Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) drug watchlist and also one of the priority targets of the local police

Balarbar, a tricycle driver, was waiting for his passengers when shot by two men riding in tandem on a motorcycle. He was rushed to the Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City where he died on arrival. PNA – northboundasia.com