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Two suspects killed in NCR drug stings



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Two drug suspects were killed, 13 were arrested, and more than P123 million worth of suspected shabu were seized in separate anti-drug operations in Metro Manila on Sunday, authorities reported yesterday.

Suspects Jordan Sabandal Abrigo and Jayvee de Guzman were killed in the sting in Muntinlupa City, which also yielded much of the haul.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said 10 kilograms of suspected shabu were confiscated as operatives pounced on the duo at a village just outside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

The stash, all concealed in packs of Chinese tea, is worth about P68 million, he said.

Abrigo and De Guzman were members of the so-called Divinagracia drug group led by Michael Divinagracia and a certain Jhonson, a Chinese national currently serving sentence at the NBP, Eleazar said.

Members of the PNP Drug Enforcement Group, backed by police intelligence operatives from Western Visayas, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), other police units, and the Bureau of Customs, carried out the operation at Arellano corner Nepomuceno streets in Katarungan Village 1 at around 7:15 p.m.

P/Brig. Gen. Remus Medina, DEG director, said the Divinagracia group is known to distribute drugs to different areas of Metro Manila, Western Visayas and nearby provinces.

It also operates in different areas of Visayas and Mindanao using cargo trucks travelling via RORO from Batangas Port and received by their cohorts in the area, he added.

Aside from the contraband, operatives seized a black Nissan Cefiro, two marked P1,000 bills and fake P1.5 million cash used in the sting, and two caliber .45 pistols from the slain suspects.

Earlier in the day, at around 11 a.m., three minors were apprehended after being caught with about six kilos or P40.8 million worth of suspected shabu in Mandaluyong City.

The three, aged 15, 16 and 17, are residents of a city in Cavite, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said.

The names of the teeners were withheld because of their age.