AGENTS of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office on Tuesday shot and killed an armed drug trafficking suspect during a gunbattle in Pulilan town and hauled 15 others to jail in line with its stepped-up anti-criminality drive, local police director Senior Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna said yesterday.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus, the official identified the slain suspect as one alias ‘Demonyo,’ of Old Cagayan Valley Road, Bgy. Sto. Cristo in Pulilan.
He said the suspect had just sold a packet of shabu to an undercover officer of the Pulilan Municipal Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit when he sensed the sting and tried to shoot the poseur but missed. Other lawmen posted at the scene were forced to fire at the suspect to defend their colleague killing the suspect on the spot.
A loaded caliber .38 revoler, a small heat-sealed plastic sachet containing the drugs and the marked money were recovered from the possession of the slain suspect shortly after the 11:45 p.m. shooting incident. An unidentified cohort of the suspect is also being hunted as of press time.
Bersaluna said the other suspects were arrested for drugs and other criminal offenses. He said nine of them were arrested in anti-narcotics operations in San Jose del Monte City and the municipalities of Norzagaray, Obando, San Rafael, Bocaue and San Miguel on Tuesday.
He identified the nine as Reynaldo Espapia, Alvin dela Cruz, Lenelyn Griño, Jonalyn Durante, Mary Grace Martin, Romeo Tabuzo Jr., Mark Angelo Yte, Jayson Andres and Rene Macapugay Tabuzo was found to be included in the watchlist of the Obando Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, the official said.
Bersaluna said recovered from the arrested suspects’ possession were 21 plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and marked money they received from poseurs.
Six others wanted for drugs and other criminal offenses were arrested by the Bulacan police on Sunday.
They were Ariel Bechayda, 33, of San Ildefonso town who is wanted for murder; Narciso Mangahas Jr., 39, a tricycle driver from Padre Pio, Bgy. Cacarong Bata, Pandi, for violation of RA 9262 or the Violence against Women and their Children Act; three suspects for rape, one of them a 17-year-old out-of-school youth and Francis Melebo, 31; and John Moises Fernandez, 18.
All suspects are now facing criminal charges, said Bersaluna.