THREE suspected drug dealers were killed in separate shootouts in Pangasinan and Laguna yesterday.
A report to Police Regional Office 1 director Chief Supt. Gregorio R. Pimentel by Pangasinan police director Senior Supt. Ronald O. Lee identified the slain suspect as Severino Pascua, alias “Jong,” of Bgy. Asan Sur, Sison town, who was shot after he handed a sachet of shabu to an undercover officer in Bgy. Poblacion, Zone 5, Villasis town at 12:15 a.m. yesterday.
Lee said the suspect pulled out a concealed firearm and fired at the poseur but missed before fleeing the scene on board his Mitsubishi Adventure.
The official said that shortly after the incident, combined operatives of the Villasis Municipal Police Station and the Pangasinan Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group put up checkpoints in the area in an effort to arrest the suspect.
Lee said officers manning a checkpoint in Bgy. Unzad eventually intercepted the suspect and engaged him in a gunbattle. The suspect was hit and taken to Dr. Chan Hospital in Rosales town where he was declared dead upon arrival.
Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession was a cal. .45 pistol with several live ammunition. Found inside his impounded vehicle were several plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.
In Laguna, two of 16 suspected drug pushers were killed in an encounter with combined elements of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (PAIDSOTF), Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC), Provincial Intelligence Branch and Calamba City Police Station while conducting One-Time, Big-Time operation in Bgy. Parian, Calamba City, yesterday morning.
A report by PAIDSOTF chief Supt. Ricardo Dalmacia to acting Laguna police director Senior Supt. Joel Pernito said the suspects, Nonie Matanguihan and Danilo Pisigan, died on the spot from several gunshot wounds in their bodies.
Police recovered at Matanguihan’s house a caliber .45 pistol while a hand grenade, a cal. .45 pistol and undetermined amount of suspected shabu were recovered from Pisigan.