AT least seven drug traffickers were killed in separate clashes in Cavite, Angeles City, Batangas and Laguna, police reported yesterday.
Cavite policemen shot dead three armed notorious drug traffickers in separate gunbattles last Tuesday and Wednesday, Cavite police director Senior Supt. Arthur V. Bisnar said yesterday.
One of the suspects, identified as Alfredo Castillo, was killed during an exchange of fire with members of the Dasmariñas City Police Station in Bgy. Paliparan III past 11 p.m. Tuesday, said Bisnar.
Four other suspects, identified as Merlinda Vina, Jenny Majen and Jenifer Martinez, all residents of Sitio Pintong Gubat, Bgy. Paliparan III, and Elinerio Napili, 33, of Sitio Agit, Bgy. Bancal, Carmona town, were arrested during the anti-narcotics operation.
According to Bisnar, the local police received an information from local residents regarding a man firing his gun indiscriminately in Sitio Pintog Gubat, prompting them to rush to the site. He said that when the officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as Castillo, still discharging his firearm in the area, prompting them to ask him to surrender.
However, the suspect refused to surrender and instead fired shots at the lawmen, prompting them to retaliate. The suspect suffered gunshot wounds in the stomach and died while being taken to a local hospital.
The other suspects were arrested while engaging in a shabu session in a house near the scene of the firefight. Recovered during the operation were one caliber .38 revolver with two live ammunition and four spent cartridges in its cylinder.
In Bacoor City, suspected shabu dealers Mark Anthony Ugali, of Bgy. San Nicolas 1, and one alias ‘Manok’ of Bgy. Talaba 6, were killed in a firefight with police at Martin Compound, Bgy. San Nicolas 1, at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Bisnar said members of the Bacoor City Police Station, led by Insp. Arnel Mendoza, shot it out with the two suspects after they sensed the entrapment operation. ‘Manok’ died on the spot while Ugali was pronounced dead upon arrival in a local hospital.
Recovered at the scene were two loaded cal. .38 revolvers, a plastic sachet of shabu and a marked bill paid to the suspects by an undercover officer.
In Angeles City, two suspected drug pushers were killed in a shootout with operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Pampanga , in Bgy. Mining, last Wednesday.
Chief Insp. Ferdinand Aguilar, CIDG-Pampanga chief, said the slain suspects had no identification cards with them, although a reliable informant recognized their faces as members of the Bondoc Criminal Group engaged in illegal drugs trade in various parts of Pampanga.
At 2:12 a.m. of August 17, CIDG-Pampanga operatives, accompanied by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 3 agents, conducted a buy-bust operation against the slain suspects, one of them identified only as “Noli”.
After a poseur-buyer handed over two marked P1,000 bills to the suspects and got the plastic sachet of shabu from the suspects, they noticed that he was a policeman so they drew the guns tucked on their waists.
Alert back-up CIDG operatives also drew their guns and an armed encounter ensued, resulting in the death of the suspects.
Confiscated from the fatalities were a caliber 9mm pistol with five live ammunition and five fired cartridges, a cal. .38 revolver with four live ammunition, six plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing five grams worth P23,000.
As of yesterday morning, the remains of the suspects were still at the morgue of a funeral home.
On August 16, one Carlito Gatus, 40, was shot dead by still unknown assailants in Purok 4, Bgy. Amsic, Angeles City, at 3:30 a.m.
Chief Insp. Aris Gon-zales, of Police Station 4, said Gatus was the subject of a search warrant for violation of Republic Act 9165.
Investigators found seven plastic sachets of marijuana from the pocket of the fatality.
Meanwhile, two suspected drug pushers, one of them accused of maltreating his wife, were killed the other day in Batangas and Laguna.
The first fatality was identified as Marc Lacaba, 38, listed as number 10 most wanted drug personality in Tanauan City.
Reports said the suspect was killed in a police operation at 11:30 p.m. inside his house in Bgy. Poblacion 3, Tanauan City.
Accordingly, elements of Tanauan City police went to the house of the suspect after receiving reports that he was mauling his wife Joan May Sangue.
Instead of surrendering, the suspect fired his gun towards the cops, who promptly returned fire, killing him.
In Sta. Rosa City, a suspected drug pusher, identified as Marlon Mantes, was shot dead by unidentified armed suspects.
The incident occurred at 10:30 p.m. in Bgy. Tagapo, Sta. Rosa City.
Accordingly, the suspect was repairing his bicycle when the suspects appeared and shot him several times.