By: Gail T. Momblan
A SUSPECTED member of the Prevendido Drug Group died in an anti-narcotics operation in Pavia, Iloilo.
Considered a high-value target of Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO), Richard Montefrio Gregori, 40, of Barangay Ungka 2, Pavia, Iloilo was gunned down in a buy-bust operation, afternoon of August 29, 2018.
According to Chief Inspector Jonathan Pinuela of Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU), Gregori sensed that he was dealing with a lawman after he sold a big sachet of shabu worth Php25,200 to a poseur-buyer.
The suspect ran inside his house to get a .45-caliber pistol.
Gregori allegedly fired but missed Pinuela, prompting the PDEU chief to retaliate and kill the suspect.
Gregori was rushed to Western Visayas Medical Center where he died of gunshot wounds on his left arm and abdomen.
The suspect was a close relative of Barangay Captain Remia Prevendido Gregori of Bakhaw, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, who was tagged in the illegal drug trade also. She was gunned down in San Joaquin, Iloilo in July 2018.
Gregori was also a cousin of Peter Paul Gregori who was caught in possession of illegal firearms and 25 sachets of suspected shabu in a raid conducted by Pavia police on August14, 2018.
2 DEATHS IN 3 DAYS
A suspected drug peddler was also killed in Molo, Iloilo City, morning of August 27, 2018.
At 11:45 a.m., Alex Blanca Sr., 52, a resident of Barangay Boulevard, Molo, Iloilo City, was gunned down in a buy-bust operation, a few steps from his house.
Senior Inspector Kennith Bermejo, RDEU-6 team leader, said the poseur-buyers were able to buy from Blanca 1.5 grams of shabu worth P15,200.
However, Blanca quickly noticed that he was paid with “boodle” or fake money.
Bermejo said the suspect immediately ran inside his house.
Armed with a caliber .38 revolver and a hand grenade, Blanca went out and fired at the poseur-buyers. He pulled the trigger twice but the gun jammed.
RDEU-6 and Molo police operatives then fired and hit Blanca.
Blanca sustained five gunshot wounds on his body, Bermejo said.
Police tried to bring Blanca to the hospital but hesitated when they saw the grenade roll away from his hand.
Members of the PNP Explosives Ordinance Division checked the grenade and found out that the safety pin was still hooked to the explosive.
Nonetheless, Blanca was rushed to the hospital but was later declared dead on arrival.
Recovered from the suspect’s possession were 5 sachets of suspected shabu, a brown envelope containing P15,200 cash, a mobile phone, an M26 hand grenade, and a loaded caliber .38 revolver.
The police officers may have been injured or killed if Blanca threw the grenade at them, Bermejo said.
Intelligence reports indicated that Blanca was a street-level pusher who used to work for Johan “Moran” Mino.
The 45-year-old Mino is allegedly an underling of slain suspected drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr.
Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-6 and the PNP Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) arrested Mino in a buy-bust operation in February 2017.