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6 more drug dealers slain in gunfights

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Provincial
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SIX more drug dealers -- five in Bulacan and one in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte -- were killed by combined agents of the Philippine Drug Enforecement Agency and the Philippine National Police in separate clashes.

Three heavily-armed suspected drug traffickers were killed in a gunbattle with agents of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Plaridel, Bulacan, late evening Wednesday, a report to PNP-CIDG director Chief Superintendent Roel B. Obusan said yesterday.
   
According to CIDG Region 3 chief Supt. Edwin Quilates, the three were encountered by his men along Lamerada Road in Waltermart Mall in Barangay Banga 1 10:50 p.m. Wednesday. The undercover operation was launched by the CIDG Region 3 with the support of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Plaridel Municipal Police Station.
   
Quilates said the suspects were on board an orange Ford Ranger pick-up without plate number when they sensed they were dealing with an undercover officer, prompting them to begin firing. Other officers posted at the scene retaliated, killing the suspects on the spot.
   
The slain suspects were identified as Joseph Jingo de Guzman, alias Jerax Desiderio/Jingo de Guzman, Mohammad Bago, alias ‘Gapur’, and one alias ‘Labo.’
   
Recovered from the suspects’ possession were 13 plastic sachets containing around 400 grams of shabu worth P2 million, a loaded caliber .45 pistol, a 9mm machine pistol, a cal. .38 revolver, cellular phones and the marked money paid to them by the poseur.
   
Two more armed drug traffickers in Bulacan were killed in separate gunbattles with local police on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said yesterday.
   
The official identified the slain suspects as one alias ‘James Long Hair’ of Barangay San Juan in Balagtas municipality and Dennis Flores, alias ‘Waki, a resident of Bgy. Sta. Monica, Hagonoy town.
   
Caramat said that members of the Balagtas Municipal Police Station, headed by Supt. Isagani Enriquez, shot dead the first suspect during a buy-bust operation in Bgy. San Juan past 11 p.m. Tuesday.
   
He said that the suspect apparently sensed the entrapment operation and pulled out a concealed firearm and started firing at the lawmen until he was neutralized.
   
A loaded caliber .38 revolver, a coin purse containing seven plastic sachets of shabu, the marked money paid to him by an undercover officer and a Yamaha Mio with plate no. 9958PK were recovered from the possession of the slain suspect.
   
The motorbike is registered under the name of one Ricardo Manalaysay Jr. of Bgy. Masile in Malolos.
   
In  Hagonoy town, local policemen led by Supt. Heryl Bruno encountered Flores in Sitio Sapang Bundok, Bgy. San Pedro, past 1 a.m. Wednesday, leading to the death of the suspect. The suspect had just sold a packet of shabu to a poseur when he felt the presence of lawmen in the area and tried to escape at the back of a nearby KTV bar.
   
When cornered, he reportedly drew a cal. .38 revolver and fired shots at the lawmen who were forced to shoot him. The slain suspect is included in the drug watchlist of Hagonoy and is said to be a member of the notorious Bonnet Gang of robbers.
   
Over in Dipolog City, a 23-year-old  wanted shabu trafficker in Western Mindanao was killed in a gunbattle with combined agents of PDEA and the PNP, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña said yesterday.
   
Suspect Jayvee Lear Esperancilla, a resident of Barangay Zone 1, Zamboanga City, had just handed P3,000 worth of shabu to an undercover officer of the PDEA Regional Office 9 along the bridge in Bypass Road, Turno, Dipolog City, when he sensed the presence of undercover officers in the area and drew a concealed caliber .45 pistol and started firing.
   
PDEA Region 9 officers led by Director Joseph Ladip and a team from the local police returned fire, killing the suspect who was found in possession of five grams of shabu worth P25,000, a loaded .45 pistol and a motorcycle.
   
According to Lapeña, the sting took place after a poseur arranged a drug transaction with one Lybyrose Quiao thru a text message. He said that the officer asked Quiao to deliver him the drugs after sending the P3,000 payment to a local money transfer center.
   
It was Esperancilla who delivered the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine.’