BULACAN policemen shot and killed shortly before midnight on Sunday five armed suspected drug dealers and users in a gunbattle in Norzagaray town,
Bulacan Police Provincial Office director Sr. Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr. said the five suspects engaged members of the Norzagaray Municipal Police Station in a firefight while the local policemen were about to raid their hideout at Blk. 22, Lot 64, Phase 2 in Bgy. FVR at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday.
Caramat identified four of the slain suspects as Richard Calonzo alias “White,” Angel Ivano alias “Angel,” Levi Mateo, Chito Talento alias “Totoy/Palo” and alias “Neneng Boxer.” The four were included in the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council watchlist.
Norzagaray policemen under Supt. Rizalino Andaya were about to serve a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against Talento, Julius Bernardino alias “Akong,” Wenceslao Cular alias “Abba,” and Manolo Magracia when the suspects put up a fight and were killed.
The search warrant was issued by Judge Crisostomo Danguilan of the Malolos City Regional Trial Court.
Caramat said the firefight broke out after Ivano and “Neneng Boxer” tried to alert the occupants of the drug dive about the presence of the police. While being pursued, the suspects fired shots at the lawmen and were joined by the other suspects.
“My men were forced to defend themselves and returned fire killing the suspects,” the Bulacan police director said.
Recovered from the suspects were three homemade 12-gauge shotguns, one caliber .38 Smith & Wesson revolver without serial number, assorted live ammunition, a fragmentation grenade, three heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, 42 plastic packets containing suspected shabu residue and assorted drug paraphernalia.