Former anti-drug operative gunned down in Camino Nuevo Print
Saturday, 07 October 2017 12:56



A senior police officer who was on his way home after his official duty was gunned down in Cariño Compound, Barangay Camino Nuevo last Thursday night few hours after he along with an anti-drug team has arrested a suspected drug pusher during a police buy-bust operation in the said barangay.

The fatality was SPO3 Ronie Alar Adanza, 43, married, a resident of Cariño Compound, Camino Nuevo and formerly assigned in Curuan Police Station anti-narcotics section.

Adanza sustained bullet wounds in the head and was rushed to a private hospital where he later expired.

Based on the police investigation at around 8:30 in the evening Adanza along with his team under the supervision of Sr. Insp. Crisanto Yabo Jr., conducted a buy-bust operation along Nuñez Extension that resulted to the arrest of a certain Rodel Gonzales y Osias, 39, married, of Boa, San Jose. They were able to confiscate two sachets of shabu and P200 marked money.

The investigation also disclosed that by 9:45 p.m. Adanza who was already on his way home aboard his motorcycle but upon reaching Cariño Compound few meters away from his residence he stopped to talk to some friends when two men riding tandem on a motorcycle appeared from behind where the backrider pulled a pistol and opened fire at him hitting him in the head. The gunmen sped away after they saw that the cop was already fatally wounded.

Policemen from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) investigated the crime scene where they recovered three spent shells of .45 caliber pistol.

Investigators are not discounting the possibility that the shooting incident has something to do with the victims work as a policeman and an operative in the intensified campaign against illegal drugs.

Sr. Supt., Neri Vincent Ignacio, OIC-city police director, said that they are now conducting deeper probe on the incident as he vowed that the suspects behind the killing of Adanza will be identified and eventually arrested.

Ignacio stressed that the incident will not discourage the police all-out war against the illicit drug business in the city.

He added that he even ordered all the police station chiefs to further intensify their respective an-drug operation in their respective area of responsibility (AOR).

The City Police Office with its 11 police station and the City Public Safety Company have conducted a series of buy-bust operation in the different parts of Zamboanga City which already resulted for the successful arrest of many drug pushers.

In fact, most of the detainees in Zamboanga City Reformatory Centers are drug offenders.– Dan Toribio