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Bgy kagawad, 3 pushers slain in Tarlac, Angeles, Biñan buy-busts

  • Written by Bernard Galang & Gil Aman
  • Published in Provincial
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A barangay councilman in Laguna was killed while seven of his cohorts were arrested while three illegal drug pushers were killed in separate buy-bust operations in the cities of Angeles in Pampanga and Tarlac, Tarlac.

A report to acting Laguna police director Senior Supt. Joel. C. Pernito by Supt. Serafin Petalio II, Biñan City police chief, identified the slain suspect as Arlan Arcega, barangay kagawad of Bgy. Dela Paz, said city.
   
Arcega, according to attending physician, was declared dead on arrival in the hospital due to serious wound in his body.
    
Petalio added that the slain suspect was the object of simultaneous search warrant (One-Time, Big-Time) by the Biñan Police Station.
    
Instead of giving up  to the police conducting a buy-bust operation, the suspect pulled out a gun and fired successive shots at the officers, who returned fire, hitting him in the body at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday.
    
The cohorts of the slain suspect who were caught in a pot session were identified as Engracio Mendoza Jr., 54, Ryan Paul Marcilla, 35, Dancel Reas, 21, Krisian Sison, 34, Edison Maximo, 42, Ricky Manago, 20, and Jojie Mendoza, 30, all of Biñan City.

Recovered from the suspects at the crime scene were a cal. .45 pistol, one magazine, three live ammunition  and four fire cartridges.
 
Police recovered from Mendoza a small heat- sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu while confiscated from Marvilla, Reas, Sison, Altejos, Maximo, Manago and Mendoza were three aluminum foil strips, three rolled aluminum foil strips with shabu residue and a disposable lighter.
   
The suspects were detained at the Biñan City Jail while the recovered pieces of drug evidence will be brought to PNP Crime Laboratory for  examination.
   
In Angeles City, two suspected drug dealers were killed in separate operations last September 27 and 28.
   
Senior Supt. Sidney Villaflor, city police director, identified the fatalities as Mark Leo Lansang, alias “Dumug”, 28, and Edwin Reyes, 42. He said the two were killed in a firefight with policemen.
   
At 11:30 a.m. last Sept. 28, Chief Insp. Wendel Arinas said his men were on surveillance operation in Bgy.  Pampang when they chanced upon four men on two motorcycles exchanging something hand-to-hand.
   
When they approached the motorcycle-riding men, three of them sped off hastily, leaving Lansang behind. The suspect tried to run towards the grassy portion of the area and fired successive shots at the direction of the policemen, who retaliated, killing him.
   
Found from the slain suspect were a cal. .38 revolver with four fired cartridges, a live ammunition and a plastic sachet of suspected shabu.
   
At 5 p.m. last Sept. 27, police shot dead Reyes after he allegedly fired at a poseur-buyer in Bgy. Balibago.
   
Chief Insp. Samuel Quebete said the suspect noticed the pistol bulging in the waist of the poseur-buyer and immediately stepped back, pulled out a gun and fired at the officers but missed. The policeman returned fire and killed the suspect.
   
Recovered from the suspect’s body were a cal. .38 revolver with two fired cartridges and four live ammunition and five transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.
   
In Tarlac City, a suspected drug pusher was killed while five others, including two women, were arrested in a series of buy-bust operations in the province last Sept. 26 and 27.
   
Senior Supt. Wes-trimundo Obinque, acting Tarlac police director, identified the fatality as Antonio Castro Jr., alias June Burdado, 38, of Bgy. San Rafael, Tarlac City.
   
The slain suspect sold P500 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer. He allegedly tried to flee and fired shots at the policemen, prompting the latter to fire back, resulted in the suspect’s death.
   
Recovered from the suspect’s body were a cal. .38 revolver, a P500 marked money and four plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
   
Obinque also identified the two women nabbed in separate drug buy-bust operations as Elnora Cortez, 43, of San Isidro, Tarlac City, and Marcelina Bonifacio, 38, of Bgy. Cristo Rey, Capas town.
   
The three  suspected drug pushers arrested were Dahren Facun, of Gerona town; Joselito Terinal, 37, of Sto. Domingo, Capas; and Nick Lapitan, 25, of Bgy. Bobon, Camiling.
   
Confiscated from the five suspects were plastic sachets of suspected shabu. They are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.