TWO separate anti-narcotics operations conducted by agents of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office in Plaridel town left four suspects dead following gunbattles with undercover officers. Nine other known drug personalities were also arrested in a sting in Meycaua-yan City, police director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said yesterday.
Caramat identified the slain suspects as Ferdie Roxas, alias ‘Ato Tayao,’ 45, of Bgy. Rueda, Plaridel; Marvin Ba-lingit, 38, of Bgy. Barihan, Malolos City; Elmer de la Cruz, of Bgy. Balatong, Pulilan town; and one alias ‘Paolo.’
Tayao and Balingit were killed after exchanging fire with local anti-narcotics officers in Bgy. Banga 1st, Plaridel late Thursday night while De la Cruz and ‘Paulo,’ died in an exchange of gun fire with policemen in Old Tabang Road in Bgy. Tabang, also in Plaridel, yesterday morning.
The sting was conducted by members of the Bulacan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, headed by Supt. Arwin Tadeo, the Bulacan Provincial Public Safety Company, under Supt. Frankie Candelario, and the Plaridel Municipal Police Station, headed by Supt. Julio Lizardo, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Caramat said the four apparently sensed the entrapment operation and pulled out concealed handguns and fired at the lawmen who were forced to return fire in self-defense. All four were killed on the spot.
Recovered from the possession of the slain suspects were four loaded caliber .38 revolvers, several live ammunition, eight heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and two marked P100 bills. One Nissan Urvan with conduction sticker OV-4400 was also impounded by the Bulacan police.
In Meycauayan City, policemen under Supt. Lailene Amparo arrested nine known drug personalities in the area during an anti-narcotics operation in Bgy. Bancal at 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
Arrested and now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 were Lauro San Gabriel, 50, Benjie Milapis, 31, Joy Lopez, 26, Bernardo Anuat, 40, Mark Joseph Domingo, 23, Joebert Torres, 24, Redentor Gonzales, 27, Reynaldo Evangelista, 21, and John Ryan Morelos, 27.
Caramat said San Gabriel, known in his alias ‘Larry,’ sold a packet of shabu to a local police ‘asset’ and even invited him inside his house at 725 Bancal Extension, Bgy. Bancal, where the rest of the suspects were found to be engaged in a drug session.
Milapis, alias ‘Lovely,’ was also identified by the ‘asset’ as the one who told him he can sniff shabu in the same place for P10 each individual. After being given the pre-arranged signal that the deal has been consummated, police stormed the area and arrested the suspects.
Caramat said that recovered during the operation were four sachets of shabu, the marked money paid by the ‘asset’ to San Gabriel, several drug-sniffing paraphernalia and plastic packets containing suspected shabu residue.