A namesake of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who had been tagged as a notorious pusher in Binondo and said to be in the drug watchlist of the Manila Police District-Binondo Police Station 11, was killed in a buy-bust operation in Binondo, Manila the other night.
Herbert Bautista, 31, of Parola Compound in Binondo, was killed on the spot allegedly after opting to shoot it out with policemen carrying out the operation once he sensed that they were cops.
The cops involved in the operation are now being questioned by the Manila Police District-Crime Against Persons Investigation Section. The said policemen include Chief Insp. Leandro Gutierrez, chief of the Station Anti-Illegal Drugs-Special Operation Task Unit of MPD-Station 11; Senior Insp. Edward Samonte, chief of the intelligence unit and several others from the San Nicolas Police Community Precinct.
A report from Det. Richard Escarlan said that the alleged armed encounter took place at around 6:15 p.m. inside a house located at 268 Parola Compound in Binondo.
Police said concerned citizens gave them information regarding the suspect’s illegal drug activities in the said area and based on it, an operation was planned and carried out.
Bautista reportedly pulled out a gun when he felt that he was talking to a policeman. An exchange of gunfire took place and the suspect was killed.
Recovered by the police at the scene were a cal. .38 gun and four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu.