MANILA (UPDATED) – Twenty people were rounded up following a police anti-drug operation in Intramuros, Manila on Friday morning.
According to Manila Police District Station 5 Commander, Superintendent Alex Yanquiling, some of those rounded up from Legaspi Street in Intramuros were engaged in a drug session.
But Chairwoman Juvy Fuentes clarified that 11 people were released as they have no record in the barangay. The rest were identified drug users.
Yanquiling said those caught during drug session will be automatically charged.
"Tapos, yung na identify ni Chairwoman Fuentes na nagdo-droga na di naman taga dito at yung mga users, automatic yan ipapa-drug test yan at ipa-file anmin ng mga charges," he said.
Five of those arrested were women who were not from around the area. Police believe they are the suppliers of illegal drugs in the barangay.
Another suspect said that some of their clients are employees of government offices around the Intramuros area.
Police recovered shabu, drug paraphernalia, cellphones, gambling machines and money from the suspects.
Yanquiling said the raid was a follow-up operation in relation to a shootout incident that killed three men near the Manila City Hall on Thursday.
(Link sa word na shootout: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/01/23/14/3-kuliglig-drivers-shot-dead-manila)
"Ito ay offshoot ng shootout kahapon wherein yung mga taga-Baseco at Intramuros naglalaban, parang turf war sa droga," he said.
Yanquiling said they are looking at a possible drug deal that went sour as the reason for the killing.
Police said the arrest is expected to lead to more clues into the case. The suspects will be presented to a witness who may be able to confirm their involvement in Thursday's shooting.
"May isang gwardia dun sa National Museum na mai-identify niya yung isa sa mga gunman," he said. With reports from Noel Alamar, DZMM and ANC