DANAO CITY – Unidentified assailants shot at a police station in Cebu province early Friday, an attack that the authorities believe is in retaliation for the death of the brother of a suspected top drug personality.
Two unidentified men shot at the upper floor of the Danao City Police Station at 2:25 a.m. Friday. Nobody was hurt.
Police recovered 21 empty 9mm pistol bullet shells, and one deformed bullet slug. The bullets broke 11 jalousie blades of the station's windows.
According to Senior Inspector Alejandro Batobalonos, chief of the Danao police, it is possible that relatives of alleged "drug lord" Alvaro "Barok" Alvaro were behind the incident, as Alvaro’s brother had been killed in a buy-bust operation earlier conducted by the police.
Suspected drug personalities Medz Alvaro and Ronnie "Moning" Castro were killed in an encounter with police in Sitio Pulangyuta, Barangay Looc, Danao City at around 10:30 Thursday evening. Medz allegedly sensed the presence of the city Anti-illegal Drugs Special Task Unit and SWAT team, and so shot at them with his caliber 9mm pistol.
At the scene, police recovered Medz's loaded pistol, as well as a loaded caliber .45 pistol used by Castro. They also recovered P200 in cash, and 20 small packs believed to be filled with shabu amounting to P9,440.
Batabalonos told DYAB Radyo Patrol that some packs of shabu were found in the suspects’ pockets.
Police said the suspects were placed under surveillance for two weeks, after they got information that Alvaro was allegedly continuing to conduct his illegal drug business by communicating with his brother and Castro, despite being locked up in prison.
Alvaro, a top drug suspect, surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation in Bohol in June. He reportedly gave the authorities information on police officials allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.