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‘Narco cop,’ 3 other drug suspects shot dead

Ric Sapnu and Raymund Catindig - The Philippine Star
âNarco cop,â 3 other drug suspects shot dead

Police Officer 1 Dominador Arciaga was on his way to the regional police office in Tuguegarao, Cagayan to get his salary when unidentified men in a black Toyota Innova shot him in Barangay Rizal West, San Isidro, Isabela before noon. File

MANILA, Philippines — A police officer with alleged links to the illegal drug trade and three other suspected drug personalities were killed in separate incidents in Luzon on Friday.

Police Officer 1 Dominador Arciaga was on his way to the regional police office in Tuguegarao, Cagayan to get his salary when unidentified men in a black Toyota Innova shot him in Barangay Rizal West, San Isidro, Isabela before noon.

Ramil Mauricio, 52, alias Panik, a former Bureau of Fire Protection personnel and resident of Barangay Poblacion South, Ramos, Tarlac, allegedly drew his gun when he sensed he had sold shabu to undercover agents.

An alias Panik and his unidentified companion, both residents of Barangay Cut-Cut, Angeles, Pampanga, reportedly shot it out with anti-drug operatives. Police said sachets of shabu and guns were recovered from the fatalities.

In Cagayan, Roger Gapas, councilman of Barangay Pinas, Claveria, was wounded in a gun attack also on Friday.

Gapas had just closed his store when the alleged gunman pretended to buy a bottle of liquor. He was shot through an opening of the window.

Gapas remained confined at the Far North Luzon General Hospital and Training Center in Luna, Apayao yesterday.

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