WV’s anti-drug war claims 20th death
Jennifer P. Rendon (The Freeman) - January 4, 2017 - 12:00am

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — On the first day of 2017, the ongoing war against illegal drugs claimed its 20th fatality in Western Visayas.

The fatality was identified as Elphy Sagpao, 42, a laborer. He was killed following a buy-bust operation in his house at Barangay Esperanza in Culasi town of Antique.

Members of Culasi Police Station, together with the Antique Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, the Regional Public Safety Battalion-6, and the Antique Provincial Public Safety Company–2nd Maneuver Platoon, conducted the operation against Sagpao at around 4:47 p.m. of January1.

Anti-narcotics police operatives were able to buy a sachet of suspected shabu for P500 from the suspect.

Inspector Marc Dado, Culasi Police chief, said as they were about to arrest Sagpao but the latter allegedly resisted and fought it out with the police teams, resulting in his being hit by gunfire from the police.

The wounded Sagpao was rushed to the Culasi District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Recovered from the suspect’s possession were four sachets of shabu, the P500 marked money, and a .38-caliber revolver loaded with four live ammunition and a fired one on its cylinder.

Dado said the suspect had also a pending case for rape with parricide. — (FREEMAN)

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