Niño Rodel Taboada

His sister Rhosebelle posted a message on her Facebook account, saying that her brother was not a pusher but that the PDEA 7 had planned to murder him. Taboada’s aunt Susan said he was a good man. He did not keep a gun and was on his way to work when he was shot.

A team from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 described Niño Rodel Taboada as a drug den maintainer and pusher. They said they had to fire at him after he attempted to shoot them during a buy-bust.

Some of the evidence seized during the buy-bust were Taboada’s gun and 205 grams of shabu worth P600,000, the PDEA 7 team said.

Taboada’s relatives, however, cried that the operatives had mistaken him for a drug pusher. They plan to press charges against PDEA 7.

His sister Rhosebelle posted a message on her Facebook account, saying that her brother was not a pusher but that the PDEA 7 had planned to murder him. Taboada’s aunt Susan said he was a good man. He did not keep a gun and was on his way to work when he was shot.

Taboada passed the criminology board exams last year, but Senior Supt. Renato Dugan of PRO 7 said he had not applied to become a police officer after that. PDEA 7 Director Yogi Filemon Ruiz defended the operation, saying it was legitimate. He added they would not shoot a suspected pusher unless he or she attempted to shoot them first.

 

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