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6 drug suspects killed in Luzon

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6 drug suspects killed in Luzon

Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat, acting Bulacan police director, identified three of the fatalities as Ramiro de la Cruz, with aliases of Ramil and Punks, a man known only as Dagul and an alias Mike. Caramat said De la Cruz and Dagul drew their guns when they sensed they had sold shabu to anti-drug operatives in a sting in Purok 6, Barangay Palapat in Hagonoy town and Cacarong Bata in Pandi, respectively, shortly after midnight yesterday. AP/Aaron Favila, file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Six more suspected drug pushers were killed in separate incidents in Luzon in the past two days.

Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat, acting Bulacan police director, identified three of the fatalities as Ramiro de la Cruz, with aliases of Ramil and Punks, a man known only as Dagul and an alias Mike.

Caramat said De la Cruz and Dagul drew their guns when they sensed they had sold shabu to anti-drug operatives in a sting in Purok 6, Barangay Palapat in Hagonoy town and Cacarong Bata in Pandi, respectively, shortly after midnight yesterday. 

He said four sachets of shabu, a .38-caliber revolver, an improvised gun, drug paraphernalia and marked money were recovered from the fatalities.

Unidentified men barged into Mike’s house in Barangay Banga First in Plaridel and shot him in the head also yesterday.

Caramat said the fatalities were on their drug watchlist.

In Pangasinan, former police officer Donald Sanchez allegedly shot it out with policemen during a drug sting in the boundary of Barangay David in Mangaldan town and Nilombot in Mapandan at around 12:20 a.m. yesterday.

Sanchez was declared dead on arrival at the Mapandan Community Hospital. 

Scene of the Crime Operatives said five sachets of shabu and a mobile phone showing the fatality’s drug transactions were found in his pocket. 

Police said Sanchez was a “high-value” drug pusher and ranked second on the drug watchlist of Pangasinan. He was also a suspected gun-for-hire operating in Pangasinan and Nueva Ecija.

Two men who have yet to be identified were found dead in a forested area in Sitio Ginauatan in Barangay Abaca in Dupax del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya on Tuesday.

Villagers conducting a cleanup drive to fight dengue found the bodies of the victims.

Senior Inspector Randy Carbonel, Dupax del Sur police chief, said the fatalities bore gunshot wounds.

Jail officer nabbed

Meanwhile, Jail Officer 3 Ronelda Calamaya of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Basey, Samar and his companion Teddy Magpii, 49, were arrested in a sting on Tuesday night. They were collared in Barangay 83-C in Taguictic, San Jose district in Tacloban City.

Senior Superintendent Rolando Bade, Tacloban City police acting director, said 28 sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of P500,000, marked money and a mobile phone were recovered from the suspects.

Bade said Calamaya is a high-value drug suspect.

Leonila Sacdal, 54, former chairman of Barangay Pula in Cabanatuan City,  and his son Emerson were arrested during a raid on their house also on Tuesday. – Ramon Efren Lazaro, Ric Sapnu, Eva Visperas, Raymund Catindig, Miriam Desacada

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