A notorious drug pusher, who has been under surveillance by authorities for more than a week, was gunned down after he engaged lawmen in a shootout Thursday afternoon in Valenzuela City.
The suspect, known only in his aliases as “Boyet” and “Toto”, succumbed to a bullet wounds in their bodies while being rushed to Valenzuela City Medical Center. Three other drug suspects were collared by policemen after they were caught in the act of sniffing shabu.
The three arrested suspect were identified as Edmar Guerrero, 41, of T. Santiago St., Vicente Reales, Andrew dela Cruz, 38, of 176 Pag-ibig St., Bgy. Lingunan and Ruben Cervantes, 39, of T. Santiago St., Bgy. Lingunan, Valenzuela City.
Valenzuela Police Station Intelligence Branch (SIB) head Chief Insp. Jessie Misal said his men spent more than a week in conducting surveillance operation against the slain suspect since he was not a legitimate resident in the area and only went to the place to sell drugs.
At around 2 p.m. Thursday, PO1 Collen Primo, who acted as poseur-buyer, was able to transact P500 worth of shabu from the suspect along Canumay-Viente Reales Bypass road.
However, when PO1 Primo gave the pre-arranged signal to SPO1 Roberto Santillan, the suspect pulled out an unknown caliber of firearm and shot the policeman but missed. SPO1 Santillan returned fire, hitting the suspect in the body.
Officer-on-case SPO2 Felix Viernes said the arrested suspects will be charged for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 before the Valenzuela City Prosecutor’s Office.