TWO Pangasinan policemen included in the ‘order of battle’ of the Philippine National Police Directorate for Intelligence for their involvement in illegal drugs and gun-for-hire activities in the province were killed in a shootout with undercover officers in San Fabian town Monday night, Pangasinan police director Senior Supt. Ronald O. Lee said yesterday.
SPO3 Marlon Nicolas and PO3 Jenny Agbayani, both assigned with the Pangasinan PPO, exchanged fire with plainclothes officers after they sensed the entrapment operation in Bgy. Caba-ruan, San Fabian, at 8 p.m., said Lee in a report to Police Regional Office 1 director Chief Supt. Greg Pimentel.
The official said that the slain policemen yielded two pistols, some 20 grams of shabu worth P100,000, a plastic bag containing half-a-kilo of dried marijuana leaves and three marked P1,000 bills.
Lee said the two have long been under surveillance by his men for their involvement in drug trafficking and gun-for-hire activities in Pangasinan and nearby areas. “We have validated the illegal activities of two rogues in uniform and discovered that they have continued with their illegal activities even though they have been transferred to other assignments,” he said.
Members of the Regional Intelligence Division of the PRO1, the Regional Intelligence Unit 1 of the PNP Intelligence Group, the Pangasinan Police’s Provincial Intelligence Branch and the San Fabian Municipal Police Station were involved in the operation.
Lee said the two apparently sensed the sting and tried to shoot the undercover officer, prompting other lawmen positioned in the area to return fire. Both died while being taken to a local hospital.
According to Lee, the two are included in the watchlist of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence and the PRO1’s Regional Intelligence Division. “They are the subject of counter-intelligence operations in the past,” he said.
No one was hurt on the side of the officers involved in the sting but the rear of the San Fabian patrol vehicle was damaged by gunfire from the suspects.
Lee also announced the arrest of four other suspected drug personalities in the province during separate operations in Dagupan City last Monday.
He said one of the suspects, identified as Reynaldo Pugal, 42, of Sitio Aliguas, Arellano St., Dagupan City, was arrested in Bonuan Gueset by lawmen led by SPO2 Edmund David on the strength of a warrant for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued by Judge Emma Torio of the Dagupan City Regional Trial Court Branch 41.
A P200,000 bail was recommended for the temporary liberty of the suspect, who is believed to be one of the leaders of the so-called Pugal Group involved in illegal drug activities in the province. The suspect is now being held at the Dagupan Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facility.
At 9:25 p.m. Monday, police also arrested Francisco Tandoc, 19, Russel Francisco, 25, and Lester Tandoc, 22, after they conspired to sell drugs to an undercover officer in Bgy. Jimenez. Recovered from them were five plastic sachets containing shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and two marked P100 bills.