7 drug suspects killed in Angeles City in one day
ANGELES CITY, Philippines – Seven suspected drug pushers were shot dead in various parts of Angeles City on Wednesday, August 17.
Four of the suspects died in a shootout with police, two were killed in an “armed encounter” with operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Pampanga (CIDG-Pampanga), while one was shot several times by still unknown assailants while he was allegedly peddling methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu.
Around 2 am on Wednesday, CIDG-Pampanga operatives and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Region 3 conducted a buy-bust operation against a certain “Noli” in Barangay Mining.
After the undercover policeman received a plastic sachet containing shabu from Noli and his companion in exchange for two marked P1,000 bills, the duo realized that he just sold illegal drugs to a policeman.
CIDG-Pampanga head Chief Inspector Ferdinand Aguilar said in a report that the suspects then drew their guns, prompting a shootout with police that resulted in the death of the suspects.
Confiscated from the suspects were a caliber 9mm pistol with 5 live bullets and 5 fired cartridges, a .38 caliber revolver with 4 live
ammunition, 6 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing 5 grams, with street value of P23,000.
As of posting, the suspects remain unindentified.
Around 9:30 pm on the same date, city policemen conducted a buy-bust operation against Leonardo Sarmiento, 35, and Archie Manansala, 45, at Jaoville compound in Barangay Pandan.
Quoting reports from field officers, acting city police director Senior Supt Sidney Villaflor said the two suspects ran towards the grassy portion of the village upon sensing the sting operation and shot at the policemen, who fired back and killed the suspects.
Two caliber .38 revolvers, 8 live ammunition, 2 fired cartridges, 11 transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, and a gray Mitsukoshi Jet
motorcycle with plate number 2171 SN were recovered from the slain suspects.
Half an hour after the buy-bust operation, two men riding a motorcycle allegedly engaged Special Weapons and Tactics personnel manning a checkpoint along Mining Road in Barangay Mining.
The suspects, identified as Renzon Gatpolintan, 20, and Jericho Galang, 23, allegedly refused to stop for inspection and even fired shots at the policemen. The two died due to bullet wounds.
Confiscated from them were a .38 caliber revolver loaded with 3 live bullets and 3 fired cartridges, another .38 caliber revolver loaded with
two live bullets and 4 fired cartridges, and 10 transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu.
Sarmiento, Manansala, Gatpolintan and Galang were all residents of Bulaon Resettlement Center in San Fernando City.
The 7th slain drug suspect, Carlito Gatus, 40, was shot to death by two still-unknown assailants who were seen talking to him at a basketball court in Purok 4, Barangay Amsic.
Gatus' body was later found several meters away from the basketball court, shortly after several gunshots were heard.
Investigators found six 9mm fired cartridges at the crime scene. They also found 7 plastic sachets containing dried marijuana bricks from the victim's pocket. Gatus had been the subject of a search warrant for the alleged violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
According to the police regional office in this province, "less than a hundred" drug suspects have been killed in anti-drug operations in various parts of Central Luzon since July 1. – Rappler.com
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