TWO suspected drug pushers were killed in shootouts with policemen during buy-bust operations yesterday in Navotas City.
Navotas police chief Senior Supt. Dante Novicio said Eduard Cañego and Manuel Mangali, 45, of 85 Adelfa St., Bgy. Tanza, died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds in their bodies when they tried to engaged lawmen in a shootout during buy-bust operations.
Novicio said operatives of Station Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group (SAIDSOTG) conducted a buy-bust operation against Cañego at 8:45 a.m. in Tumana, Bgy. North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), but when the suspect sensed that he was dealing with a police decoy, he pulled out a firearm and shot the police officer but missed.
Operatives, who were in a stand-by position, returned fire, killing him instantly. Police recovered from the slain suspect an unknown caliber of firearm, two plastic sachets of shabu and P300 in mnarked money.
Earlier at 4:15 a.m., personnel of SAIDSOTG also gunned down Mangali when he tried to shoot it out with lawmen after sensing that he was transacting with a police operative.
Police homicide investigator PO2 Paul Roma said a buy-bust operation against Mangali was conducted by operatives of SAIDSOTG on M. Domingo St., Bgy. Tangos, after more than two weeks of surveillance operation.
However, when the suspect and his unidentified woman companion sensed that they were transacting with a police operative, Mangali pulled out a cal. .38 revolver, prompting lawmen to shoot him while his unidentified companion was able to escape.
A cal. .38 revolver with four live ammunition and two plastic sachets of shabu were recovered by policemen from the slain suspect.