SEPARATE buy-bust operations conducted by agents of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office in the province
last Sunday and Monday led to the killing of one armed shabu dealer in a shootout and the arrest of
seven others, 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
identified the slain suspect as one alias ‘Intsik.’ He said the suspect was killed in a clash with
undercover officers of the Malolos City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit under Supt. Heryl Bruno.
Caramat said the suspect had just sold a packet of shabu to an undercover agent on Sto. Cristo
Diversion Road in Bgy. Mabolo at around 2:30 a.m. Monday when he sensed the entrapment operation and
engaged the lawmen in a brief firefight.
The suspect, who was tagged as a newly-identified drug personality from Bgy. Balite in Ma-lolos
City, was killed on the spot. He yielded an improvised 12-gauge shotgun with a live ammunition, nine
plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, several drug paraphernalia and three marked P100 bills paid
to him by the poseur.
Caramat said that the suspect’s still unidentified companion managed to escape on board a
skeleton motorcycle without plate number and is still being hunted as of press time.
The official identified the arrested seven suspects as Ferdinand Salvador, 43, of Bgy. Taal,
Pulilan; Rodney Samarita, 18; and his 17-year-old companion from Bgy. Sta. Rita, Guiguinto; Gilberto de
Guzman, 36, of Bgy. Tukod, San Rafael; and Mark Anthony Banastao, 27; Jomar Rivera, 30; and Rene Vargas,
35, all of Padre Pio, Bgy. Cacarong Bata, Pandi municipality.
Seized from the seven suspects’ possession were eight heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets
containing suspected shabu, several grams of dried marijuana leaves and buy-bust money.
All seven are now facing charges for violation of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs
Act of 2002,