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Cops kill 2 drug personalities in shootout, raid Espinosa’s sis

ORMOC CITY – Two major drug personalities in this city were killed over the week by police operatives after they attempted to fight back at them. On the other hand, the house of a sister
of Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa yielded suspected marijuana and designer drugs. First to bite the dust was Mario Dumaguit, husband of District 4 barangay chairman Jocela
Dumaguit, who was shot dead in a raid of their house in Sitio Tagaytay, Brgy. Mabini on Thursday, August 10. He was killed after he shot PO3 Cryus Canoneo who was forced to retaliate. Canoneo
had on a bulletproof vest and was unharmed.

The dead Dumaguit is No. 1 on the city’s watchlist and considered a high value target, level 2 in the region, said PNP city director Sr. Supt. Ramil Ramirez in a phone interview. As of press time, the latest fatality is Ervin “Nokie” Guino, who was killed during a buy bust operation late afternoon of Saturday, August 13. To recall, alias “Nokie” was the first bigtime drug personality in the city to “surrender” himself to Mayor Richard Gomez, and was accompanied by Tambulilid Barangay Chairman Max Jaballa himself in doing so, during the first wave of
surrenders early July. He was No. 7 on the Ormoc city watchlist. The fatality used to run his operations in Brgy. Tambulilid, but he was killed in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Linao.
Earlier, on the same day (Saturday), city director Ramirez and his men served a search warrant on the sister of the region’s No. 1 drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, who was identified as on April Badon y Espinosa at Purok 3, Brgy. Doña Feliza Subdivision.

When the police arrived, Espinosa’s sister and a certain Leonard dela Cruz were not around anymore, but they found one big sachet of marijuana and 41 pieces of suspected “party” or “designer” drugs colored pink and green. They also found vials of injectable whitening glutathione. From Dumaguit, operatives confiscated one KG (INGRAM) loaded with eight live ammunition of caliber 9mm,
one Caliber .38 revolver loaded with four ammunitions and one empty shell, one caliber .40 (Armscor) loaded with magazine assembly loaded with 14 live ammunitions with one extra magazine loaded with 14 live ammunitions; 21 live ammunitions of caliber .40; one 12-gauge shotgun (Maverick) chamber loaded with two live ammunitions and assorted drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s room.

From Guino, Ramirez said the police recovered the shabu which was subject of the P 2,000.00 worth of buy bust operation; 6 more sachets of suspected shabu; and one revolver. Like Dumaguit, he also attempted to fight back at the police, forcing them to shot him.

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