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Implementation of search warrant resulting to armed encounter and death of a Barangay Kagawad involved in illegal drugs

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Joint elements of NCRPO Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) and Manila Police District (MPD) – Police Station 4 in coordination with PDEA- NCR Regional Office implemented a Search Warrant at the premises of a house located at No. 1002 Gerardo St. Zone 55, Brgy 561 Sampaloc, Manila at about 9:40AM of March 28, 2019.
Said subject area of search warrant was occupied by Ronnie Labongray Jr., the incumbent Barangay Kagawad of Brgy 561, Sampaloc, Manila.
The search warrant was issued by Judge Marivic Balisi- Umali of Branch 20, Manila RTC.
The operation stemmed from the result of casing and surveillance conducted by the operatives against the said Barangay Kagawad.
During the conduct of the search, Labongray Jr opted to fire out towards the operatives that resulted in an armed encounter. The suspect who sustained gunshot wounds was immediately brought to Ospital Ng Sampaloc for medical treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Records show that Labongray Jr was included in the PDEA Political Narco Watchlist while his cohorts are members of a notorious Criminal Gang engaged in drug trafficking activities operating in the areas of Metro Manila and Quezon City. Furthermore, he was formerly arrested by MPD last 2017 for Violation of Section 5 of RA 9165 but was released in 2018 due to the dismissal of his case.

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Further investigation reveals that the suspect was a distributor of a criminal gang connected to MPD ninja cops PO2 Jolly Aliangan who is presently detained at Manila City Jail and PO2 Joel Padre Juan who died during an armed encounter in 2018 at Sampaloc, Manila.
Incidental to the search, operatives were able to arrest other 3 (three) personalities for having a pot session and possession of illegal drugs. Suspects were identified as Romilyn Labongray, Alfredo Joanino and Jeffrie Gallaron.
Operatives yielded a total of 350 grams with street value of Php 2,300,000, one (1) firearm used by the suspect and drug paraphernalias.

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The arrested suspects and the confiscated/recovered pieces of evidence were brought to RDEU office for further investigation and proper documentation.
NCRPO Regional Director, PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR, personally inspected the area of the operation. “This is a criminal gang at tinutunton natin ang iba nilang kasamahan. On going ang imbestigasyon natin at follow-up operations will be conducted by the operatives”, he said.
“With the neutralization of this subject, considered to be a high value target, mababawasan ng malaki ang problema natin sa droga dito sa district 4 ng Manila”, PMGEN ELEAZAR added.
PMGEN ELEAZAR also assured that they are in the process of monitoring and gathering of information for the candidates listed in Narco Watch List in order to make appropriate actions. He reminded the public that the said list was released to serve as a guide in choosing candidates for the upcoming elections.