TWO suspected drug personalities were killed in separate shootouts with anti-narcotic operatives in Camarines Norte and San Pablo City in Laguna while 2 others were arrested also for illegal drugs in Angeles City and Aurora.
Killed were Ariel de Jesus, alias “Aye,” ranked as no. 7 in the drug watchlist of Jose Panganiban Municipal Police Station in CamNor, and Russel Derequito, former member of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), who was a “high-value” target of the San Pablo City police.
De Jesus was killed in a shootout with joint operatives of the local police, the CNPIB, PAIDSTOG and the CNPPSC during a “buy-bust” operation in Bgy. Bagongbayan, Jose Panganiban, the CamNor Police Provincial Office reported Thursday.
The suspect tried to shoot it out with the operatives after sensing that poseur-buyer PO2 Jaime Sumayang was a member of the police team tasked to arrest him.
Recovered from the dead suspect were a cal. .38 revolver, a hand grenade, two small plastic sachets of shabu and the marked five P100 bills.
The remains of De Jesus were brought to the Adea Funeral Homes in Jose Panganiban town.
In San Pablo City, Derequito, former PDEA asset who is included in “high-value target,” was killed in armed encounter with joint elements of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) PAIDSOFT and the San Pablo PNP during an operation in Bgy. San Lucas 2 at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
In a report to acting Laguna police director Senior Supt. Joel Pernito, Supt. Raynold Rosero, San Pablo police chief, said Derequito was killed in a shootout with police operatives, led by Supt. Ricardo Dalmacia, PAIDSOFT and PIB, when the suspect, instead of giving up, refused to give up, fired at the lawmen, who retaliated, killing him.
Derequito was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead by an attending physician.
According to Rosero, the suspect engaged in illegal drug activities since he left as PDEA asset several years.
Police recovered from the slain suspect a medium heat-sealed plastic sachet of suspected shabu (about 10 grams) with estimated street value of P20,000 and a cal. .45 pistol.
“Ang suspek, ayon sa aming asset, ay sa Manila pa kumukuha ng kanyang ibinebentang shabu,” Rosero added.
In Aurora, police arrested the no. 1 drug pusher of Maria Aurora town after a three-day surveillance operation in Bgy. San Juaquin Wednesday night.
Chief Insp. Bayani A. Balbuena, Maria Aurora chief of police, identified the suspect as Gary Ber-nabe, 38, of Bgy. San Juaquin.
Police said the suspect arrived at the agreed place to deliver shabu to a poseur-buyer was arrested while handing the illegal drug.
Recovered from the suspect were five sachets of suspected shabu and the marked money used in the operation.
The suspect is now subjected for inquest proceedings for violation of Sections 5 and 11, Article 2 Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Meanwhile, Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino has warned residents in the coastal communities in this province for the possibility that there are floating shabu laboratories similar to what was discovered in Zambales last month, noting that drug syndicates are doing everything to avoid detection.
“This is possible in Aurora because the province lies within the Pacific Ocean,” Aquino said.