Danao police station strafed after Barok bro’s death

By Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Carmel Loise Matus, Jhunnex Napallacan |August 12,2016 - 11:54 AM
One of the bullets damaged the glass windows at the second floor of Danao Police Station. (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO)

A damaged glass window at the second floor of Danao Police Station caused by Friday dawn’s strafing, which police believed is an act of revenge for Medz Alvaro who was killed in a shootout with police on Thursday night. (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO)

CEBU CITY—Two unidentified men strafed the police station in Danao City, northern Cebu early Friday, four hours after the brother of suspected drug lord Alvaro “Barok” Alvaro was killed in a buy-bust operation.

The two men on board a black XRM motorcycle arrived outside the police station at 2:25 a.m. and fired at the building’s second floor, sending the 12 policemen on duty on the ground.

PO3 Arnold Labine of Danao Police Station said 21 empty shells from a 9mm gun were recovered from the second floor of the building.

By time Senior Insp. Aljendaro Batobalonos, Danao police chief, and his men went out of the station, the perpetrators had already sped off.

No one was hurt but 11 jalousie blades were broken.

The police believed that the strafing was an act of retaliation after Medz Alvaro and his companion, Ronnie Castro were killed in a buy bust operation about 11 p.m. on Thursday, just four hours before the strafing.

Medz’ mother, Ema, barged into the police station after her son was killed and threatened the policemen on duty.

“Kaya ta mong ipapatay sa akong anak (I can have you killed by my son),” she was quoted by the police as saying.

Although Ema didn’t name names, she may have been referring to her son Alvaro who was now detained at the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center in Cebu City on drug charges.

Alvaro was the right hand man of Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, the biggest drug lord in Central Visayas who was killed in a police operation in Las Piñas City in June.

He surrendered to authorities after Diaz was killed because he said he feared for his own safety.

Apparently his brother was also peddling drugs.

Batobalonos said a buy-bust operation was conducted against Medz on the roadside at Sitio Pulangyuta, Barangay Looc, Danao City, some 33.1 kilometers north of Cebu City.

A confidential agent, who acted as a buyer, was about to receive the shabu from Mez when the suspected noticed that it was a sting operation.

Medz pulled out his 9mm gun and shot the police.

Batobalonos said they returned fire, hitting the two suspects in the different parts of their bodies.

Recovered from Medz were a 9mm pistol with one magazine loaded with 4 live ammunition, 15 plastic sachets containing shabu and P1,000 in cash.

The police seized from Castro were a caliber .45 pistol loaded with magazine with 2 live ammunition and 4 plastic sachets containing shabu and P70.

The two were brought to the hospital but were declared dead on arrival by physicians

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