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11 drug suspects killed in Cavite, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija



Eleven drug suspects were killed in separate police operations in Cavite, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija from Thursday night to Friday morning, police reported.

The operations came ahead of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the government’s war on drugs. The National Police agreed to open an “initial” 61 cases under the drug war for the department’s scrutiny.

Five suspects were killed in buy-bust operations in Rosario, Alfonso, and General Mariano Alvarez towns, as well as in Cavite City and Bacoor City, from 9:45 p.m. to 2:05 a.m., according to reports from the Calabarzon regional police and Cavite PNP.

Suspects Stanley Laranang alias “Lele,” Rodel Lomeda alias “Lustoy,” Josemear Empleo, Clarence Sulat, and Darwin Rodriguez allegedly traded shots with lawmen who conducted the stings, while at least three cohorts escaped.

Empleo was a 62-year-old man who, according to an informant, was involved in the “rampant” selling of illegal drugs in his home barangay of Pulido in General Mariano Alvarez, as well as neighboring villages, with the help of some cohorts, police said.

Seized from the suspects were several sachets of suspected shabu and various firearms.

In Bulacan, three drug suspects were killed in buy-bust operations while another was slain in a shootout while trying to evade a checkpoint in the first four hours of “simultaneous anti-criminality and law enforcement operations” which began 12:00 a.m. Friday.

Ferdinand Urian alias “Loloy,” an alleged member of a group involved in illegal drugs and gun running, was killed in a buy-bust in Pulilan, followed by Percival Paguia alias “Joselito”/”Evang,” alleged leader of a drug group, who was killed in a sting in Balagtas; and one Jayson Hernandez who was killed in another sting in Pandi, said Col. Lawrence Cajipe, Bulacan provincial police director.

Operatives seized a total of 46 sachets of suspected shabu, three caliber-.38 revolvers, and various drug paraphernalia from the three. Paguia also had with him a digital weighing scale, Cajipe said.

Around 1:30 a.m., one Mandy De Silva of Marilao was killed when he shot it out with lawmen while trying to evade a checkpoint in Obando.

Operatives found him in possession of 32 sachets of suspected shabu and a caliber-.38 revolver. Also seized from the suspect were a backpack containing assorted tools, a pouch with identification cards, and a motorcycle, Cajipe said.

In Nueva Ecija, just north of Bulacan, two drug suspects were killed in buy-bust operations conducted in Talavera town and Cabanatuan City past 12:00 a.m.

Suspects Reyelito Ramos and Francisco Liwanag were shot when they fired on undercover policemen who pretended to buy shabu from them, the provincial police said.

Operatives seized from them two sachets of suspected shabu, a caliber-.38 revolver, a homemade caliber-.45 pistol, and two tricycles.