FOUR armed drug traffickers in Bulacan were killed in separate gunbattles with the local police who were conducting buy-bust operations last Thursday, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. announced yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Chief Superintendent Aaron N. Aquino, Caramat said two of the suspects were gunned down in Bocaue and one each in Norzagaray and Hagonoy. “This is part of our continuing implementation of the PNP Project: Double Barrel and Oplan: Tokhang in the province,” he said.
The official identified the slain suspects as Erick Hilario alias “Hudas,” resident of Barangay Matictic Ibayo, Norzagaray who just recently surrendered to local policemen implementing Oplan: Tokhang: Jericho Tolentino alias “Boy Pingas,” a known drug pusher-user from Bgy. San Jose, Hagonoy; one alias “Boychoy;” and Rey Tilimban, of Block 33, Lot 73, Northville 5, Bgy. Batia in Bocaue.
Hilario was killed in a brief exchange of gunfire with the Norzagaray police under Supt. Rizalino Andaya in Sitio Bilad-Bilad, Bgy. Matictic past 3 a.m. Thursday. The suspect reportedly sensed the ongoing sting and tried to escape while firing a home-made 12-gauge shotgun at the lawmen who retaliated killing him on the spot.
Recovered at the scene were the improvised shotgun with four spent cartridges and four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.
In Hagonoy, policemen under Supt. Heryl Bruno shot dead Tolentino during an encounter in Bgy. Abulalas around 9 p.m. Thursday. Caramat said that the suspect who was driving a tricycle noticed that the man he was dealing with was a policeman prompting him to draw a concealed caliber .38 revolver and fire at the lawman.
Other officers returned fire killing the suspect who yielded a loaded .38 revolver with serial number 17010 and four plastic sachets of shabu. The slain suspect’s tricycle with plate no. 1948 CX was impounded.
In Bocaue, officers under Supt. Charlie Cabradilla shot and killed the two suspects during a clash in Northville 5 at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Two cal. .38 revolvers, 14 small plastic sachets of shabu, several drug paraphernalia and three marked P100 bills were recovered from the slain suspects.
Caramat said that the two engaged his men in a firefight after they sensed the entrapment operation and were killed in the processs.