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Notorious pusher slain in Cabanatuan firefight

  • Written by Steve A. Gosuico
  • Published in Provincial
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CABANATUAN CITY -- An alleged notorious drug pusher was killed in a firefight with the police and military out to serve a search warrant on his premises here, police said yesterday.

City police commander Supt. Ponciano P. Zafra identified the slain suspect as Ronaldo Lapina, 43, alias Ronald, of Capt. Paulino St., Bgy. Aduas Sur, this city.

He was fatally shot by members of the Cabanatuan police and the Army’s 3rd Infantry Brigade when he suddenly drew and fired his gun at the law enforcers while they were about to implement a search warrant on his house at 1:30 p.m.

The search warrant was issued by Executive Judge Ana Marie C. Joson-Viterbo of the Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court.

“Nakita niya ang padating ang tropa. He resisted and then chose to fight it out with us and the military,” said Zafra.
The Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered at the suspect’s house six plastic sachets containing shabu, a cal. .38 revolver, a cal. .22 rifle, a home-made shotgun (sumpak), a box of live bullets for cal. .22 and several drug paraphernalia.
Zafra said Deputy City Prosecutor Francisco U. Macaraig came to conduct an ocular inspection at the crime scene.