TWO armed suspected drug dealers in Bulacan were killed in separate gunbattles with the local police on Tuesday, Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. announced yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino, Caramat identified the slain suspects as one alias ‘Limbo,’ of Bgy. Caingin, Bocaue; and Crisanto Merquillo, 40, of Block 254, Lot 15, Area D, Bgy. Sta. Cruz II, San Jose del Monte City.
Caramat said members of the Bocaue Municipal Police Station, headed by Supt. Charlie Cabradilla, killed ‘Limbo’ in a firefight after the suspect sensed the entrapment operation at 12:45 a.m. and tried to put up a fight.
A cal. .22 revolver with four live ammunition and two spent cartridges, 12 small heat-sealed plastic sachets containing two grams of suspected shabu worth P10,000 and two marked P100 bills were recovered from the slain suspect.
In San Jose del Monte City, policemen under Supt. Wilson Magpali gunned down Merquillo during a brief clash in Bgy. Sta. Cruz II at 4:30 a.m.
Caramat said the shootout erupted when local policemen and members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Highway Patrol Group and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency simultaneously raided three targets in the city.
A cal. .38 revolver, an improvised shotgun, several live ammunition and plastic packets with dried marijuana leaves were recovered at the residence of the slain suspect.
Caramat said the officers also arrested their other targets, Rolando Provido and Anthony Merquillo, who yielded drugs and paraphernalia.
The suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.