Seven suspected members of two different carjacking syndicates were killed in separate shooting incidents in Quezon City and Makati City as police authorities intensified the crackdown against organized-crime groups.
Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao from the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group confirmed that the five suspects belonged to Lintad Carnap Group. The other two suspects were reportedly from the Onad Carnap Syndicate.
Members of the Lintad group were chanced upon by police elements along Congressional Avenue in Quezon City at around 4am on August 10. They were on board a black Toyota Fortuner and a bronze Toyota Innova when they were flagged down by authorities. The suspects allegedly kept driving and engaged the lawmen in a shootout. Slain suspects remained unidentified as of this posting.
Police recovered an M-16 rifle and two .45-caliber pistols from the crime scene.
Meanwhile, elements of the National Capital Police Office traded shots with suspected members of the Onad group along Buendia Avenue in Makati City also at around 4am. The suspects were driving a Ford Escape out of the Philippine Development Alternatives Foundation's parking lot.
One of the slain suspects was identified as Dave Garcia, who sustained multiple bullet wounds. Police failed to identify the other slain suspect while reports said the third one managed to escape.
In a separate report, DZMM.com.ph said Police Officer 1 Mudsil Balawag was critically wounded while Chief Inspector Jojo Savares was shot on the shoulder. A bystander, identified only as "Waway," was wounded by a stray bullet.
Recovered from the crime scene were two .38-caliber revolver and a .45-caliber pistol.