SIX suspected members of an organized crime group operating in Rizal province and Metro Manila were killed in a gunbattle with agents of the Rizal Police Provincial Office in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) town past 9 a.m. yesterday, Rizal police director, Senior Superintendent Lou F. Evangelista said.
The official, in a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Chief Supt. Edward E. Carranza said the gunbattle erupted in Double L. Barangay San Isidro in Rodriguez while members of the Rizal Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and Provincial Intelligence Branch were conducting an anti-narcotics operation.
“The suspects were killed after exchanging fire with my men who were about to arrest them. Fortunately, no one was wounded on our side,” Evangelista said.
Two of the slain suspects were identified only as one alias ‘Henry’ and a certain ‘Atan’ while the four others remained unidentified. All were said to be members of the notorious Waray-Waray Group engaged in gun-for-hire, illegal drug trafficking, robbery-holdup and carnapping activities in Rizal and nearby metropolis. The slain suspect alias ‘Henry’ was tagged as the leader of the group.
According to Evangelista, his men led by Supt. Arturo Brual Jr. conducted the buy-bust operation which turned awry when the suspects sensed they were dealing with undercover officers and began firing at the lawmen.
Recovered from the slain suspects’ possession were one caliber .45 pistol, one cal. 40 pistol, one 9mm pistol, three cal. .38 revolvers, dozens of assorted live ammunition, one hand grenade and 70 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing an estimated 50 grams of suspected shabu worth P340,000.
Evangelista earlier vowed to further press their massive anti-criminality drive in the province targeting in particular drug traffickers and users and motorcycle-riding criminals.
“We are also very serious when it comes to tracking down suspects wanted for rape, carnapping and robbery,” the official told the Journal Group.
A member of Philippine National Police Academy Class 1994, Evangelista likewise expressed optimism that they would be able to bring down to more than 75 percent crime incidents in Rizal province by the last quarter of the year thru their continuous anti-crime operations and with the support of a vigilant community.