TWELVE armed suspected drug traffickers in Bulacan were killed in separate gunbattles with undercover officers in the province on Wednesday which also resulted in the confiscation of nearly P500,000 worth of shabu and over a dozen unlicensed guns, local police director Senior Supt. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. announced yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, the official said that a total of 63 other known drug personalities were arrested on the same day which saw the provincial police conducting 45 buy-bust operations, implementing three search warrants for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and serving a warrant of arrest for violation of RA 9165.
Caramat said the anti-narcotics operations were conducted in the municipalities of Guiguinto, Pulilan, San Rafael, Hagonoy, Bocaue and Balagtas and the cities of Malolos and San Jose del Monte. One armed suspect was also wounded in a firefight with the police in Marilao town, he added.
Caramat said those operations resulted in the confiscation of 272 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing 135 grams of shabu worth nearly P700,000, eight plastic sachets each containing a gram of dried marijuana leaves and 12 unlicensed firearms consisting of 10 caliber .38 revolvers, one cal. .22 revolver and one cal. .357 revolver.
One of the suspects identified only as alias ‘Unyor’, died in a clash with undercover officers of the Hagonoy Municipal Police Station led by Senior Insp. Michael Rey Bernardo at 2:40 p.m. in Sitio Sandoval, Bgy. Iba. A loaded cal. .38 revolver and a sachet of shabu and the marked money he received from a poseur were recovered from the possession of the slain suspect.
In Malolos City, local policemen under Supt. Heryl Bruno gunned down wanted drug dealer Dennis Espadero, alias ‘Aba Top’, during an encounter in Bgy. Barihan at 3:50 p.m. Tagged as the Top 2 drug personality in the city, the suspect pulled out a concealed .38 revolver after sensing he was dealing with an undercover officer and exchanged fire with officers.
The suspect yielded four plastic sachets containing shabu and three plastic packets with dried marijuana leaves.
Another clash in Bgy. Pinagbakahan in Grand Royale, also in Malolos City, at 11:55 p.m. resulted in the killing of one alias ‘Diego’ who sold a packet of shabu to a poseur. The suspect was found in possession of one .38 revolver, three plastic sachets containing around P15,000 worth of the so-called’ poor man’s cocaine’ and the marked money paid to him by an agent.
In Bocaue, local policemen under Supt. Jowen dela Cruz shot dead one Erwin Manlapig, who is on the Top 10 drug targets in the municipality during a brief firefight in Bgy. Bambang at 10:20 p.m.
The slain suspect yielded eight grams of shabu worth P50,000, a cal. .38 Smith & Wesson revolver with three live ammunition and the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill.
Before those incidents, the Bulacan police also launched 16 simultaneous anti-crime operations on the same day, killing five armed wanted persons following shootouts with officers and the recovery of a cache of weapons and an estimated P200,000 worth of shabu.
Caramat said that the operations were conducted in the municipalities of Guiguinto, Pulilan and San Rafael and the cities of Malolos and San Jose del Monte.
The operations which saw the Bulacan police serving warrants of arrest and conducting buy-bust operations also resulted in the arrest of 21 suspects while three others are still being hunted as of press time.
Caramat said that confiscated during those operations were a caliber .357 revolver, a cal. 380 pistol, two cal. .38 revolvers, a cal. .22 revolver, 71 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing at least 41 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and dozens of assorted live ammunition.
The official said one of the suspects, identified as Juanito Calagos, alias ‘Kalbo/Juanito Casaljay,’ of Sitio Lote, Bgy. Dulong Bayan, San Jose del Monte City, exchanged fire with members of the San Jose del Monte City Police Station headed by Supt. Fitz Macariola at 12:15 a.m. yesterday.
He said officers led by SPO1 Noel Estanislao were about to serve a warrant for frustrated homicide, attempted homicide and violation of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 issued against the suspect by Judge Teoroda Gonzales of the Malolos City Regional Trial Court Branch 14 on Dec. 29, 2011 when he resisted arrest and shot it out with the lawman.
The slain suspect yielded a cal. .22 revolver.
Caramat said the arested suspects will be charged for violation of RA 9165.