FOUR more suspected drug traffickers in Bulacan were killed in separate gunbattles with local police on Wednesday and Thursday, Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Aaron N. Aquino, the official said that the four were slain in clashes with local policemen from Meycauayan City and Paombong, Marilao and Sta. Maria municipalities.
Aquino identified the slain suspects as Oliver de los Reyes, alias ‘Otoy,’ of Bgy. Sta. Rosa 1, Marilao; Jess Bejare, of Wawa St., Bgy. San Jose, Paombong; Lozano Flores, alias ‘Anog,’ of Phase 3, Heritage Homes, Bgy. Loma de Gato, Marilao; and Christopher Yap, alias ‘Macmac,’ of Kilometer 38, Bgy. Pulong Buhangin, Sta. Maria town.
De los Reyes, described as the no. 1 most wanted person in Marilao, was killed in a gunfight with the Meycauayan City police under Supt. Lailene Amparo at Block 9, Northville 3, Bgy. Bayugo, Meycauayan City.
Caramat said the encounter occurred shortly after the suspect sensed the entrapment operation and pulled out a concealed firearm and fired shots at undercover officers. Recovered from the suspect were a caliber .38 revolver with four live ammunition, six plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, three aluminum strips and a motorcycle without plate number.
In Paombong, police under Chief Insp. Leopoldo Estorque shot and killed Bejare, a man included in the list of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, during an encounter that marred a buy-bust operation in Bgy. San Jose.
The suspect, who is ranked the no. 1 drug personality of Paombong, recently surrendered to local police authorities conducting the Philippine National Police’s Oplan: Tokhang but was monitored to have returned to his drug-dealing ways shortly after taking his oath not to engage in illegal drug activities anymore.
Caramat said a cohort of the slain suspect, identified only as alias ‘Bobie,’ managed to escape and is still being hunted. A cal. .38 revolver with two spent cartridges and three live ammunition in its cylinder, seven sachets of shabu, a marked P500 bill and a motorcycle (BC48725) were recovered from the possession of the suspect.
In Marilao, policemen headed by Supt. Amado Mendoza Jr. killed Flores during an encounter inside the Marcelo Compound in Bgy. Loma de Gato at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday. Caramat said the suspect exchanged fire with officers out to arrest him after he had sold shabu to a poseur.
The suspect yielded a cal. .38 revolver with two bullets and four spent casings, three sachets of shabu, two glass tooters and a marked P500 bill paid to him by the undercover officer.
In Sta. Maria municipality, Caramat said local policemen engaged Yap in a brief firefight which led to the killing of the suspect shortly after he sold a sachet of shabu to a poseur past 11 p.m. Wednesday.
The suspect is also wanted for the killing of one Jordan Sarmiento last August 3, the official said. He added that a cal. .38 revolver with two fired cartridges and four live ammunition, two packets of shabu, several drug paraphernalia and the marked money were seized from the slain suspect.
Caramat said a slug retrieved from the head of Fernandez will be compared to the slugs fired by the suspect to determine if the gun recovered was the one used in the murder case in August 3.