Construction worker Edmon Penano, 43, died at the scene after he was shot by a lone assailant in Sugartown Subdivision in Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City at around 4:15 p.m., Batasan police station commander Superintendent Rossel Cejas said. File
MANILA, Philippines — A man said to be a former drug user was killed and eight others were arrested for drugs in Metro Manila on Friday.
Construction worker Edmon Penano, 43, died at the scene after he was shot by a lone assailant in Sugartown Subdivision in Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City at around 4:15 p.m., Batasan police station commander Superintendent Rossel Cejas said.
A woman who went out of her house after she heard several gunshots saw Penano dead on the ground.
The assailant was gone when the witness went to check.
Meanwhile, probers retrieved six bullet casings and a deformed fired bullet at the scene.
Based on their investigation, Cejas said Penano was previously hooked on illegal drugs.
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“According to the family of the victim, he was a former drug dependent,” he said.
Police investigators are looking for other witnesses who could provide clues on the assailant’s identity.
Also on Friday, seven people were arrested in separate drug busts, Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar said.
Wilmer Vingco, 31; Renz Ardaniel, 30; and Joselito Bonaobra, 36, were arrested in Barangay Sto. Domingo at around 12:30 p.m. Four sachets of shabu were seized from them.
Bryan Ponce, 34; Frankie Narvaja, 41; and Fernando Cruz, 44 were arrested in another sting in the same barangay at around 6 a.m. Three sachets of shabu and a sachet of dried marijuana leaves were found in their possession.
In Barangay Project 4, Michael Soriano, 37, was arrested after he sold shabu to an undercover operative at around 4:25 p.m. Three sachets of shabu were seized from Soriano.
In Mandaluyong City, suspected robber Richie Reyes, 26, yielded a sachet of shabu when he was arrested in Barangay Highway Hills at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
Police officers on patrol apprehended Reyes after he allegedly robbed a man who was waiting for a ride home along EDSA’s northbound lane.
They searched Reyes and found the victim’s cell phone in his backpack as well as a sachet of shabu and a knife.