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Cop allegedly into gunrunning killed in Masbate sting

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A policeman allegedly involved in illegal firearms sales was killed when he shot it out with fellow lawmen who entrapped him in Placer, Masbate, Saturday morning, police reported.

Killed was SSgt. Grafilo Pahilino Jr., assigned in Cataingan town, the Bicol regional police said in a statement released Saturday night.

Members of the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and regional police carried out the entrapment in Brgy. Matagangtang, around 7:20 a.m.

An undercover policeman managed to acquire an undocumented firearm from Pahilino in exchange for P25,000, the regional police said.

Pahilino reportedly presented three caliber-.38 revolvers and a caliber-.45 pistol to the poseur-buyer.

The poseur-buyer gave the signal to arrest Pahilino after the transaction, but the suspect apparently noticed this.

Pahilino drew his own firearm and fired on the poseur-buyer, hitting the latter on one arm.

That prompted the other operatives to shoot Pahilino, until he fell, according to the regional police.

Pahilino was brought to the hospital because of bullet wounds to the different parts of the body, but doctors declared him dead.

Aside from the undocumented firearms, operatives seized Pahilino’s government-issued .9mm pistol and two extra magazines.

According to the regional police, Pahilino has long been involved in the sale of unlicensed firearms in Masbate.

He was also connected to the so-called Bustillos drug group, and served as “protector” of some drug personalities in the province, it said.

Brig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, IMEG director, said his men are conducting further investigation to identify other persons, possibly some other policemen, involved in illegal firearms sales in Masbate.

Bicol police director Brig. Gen. Jonnel Estomo warned lawmen involved in illegal activities in the region that the next operation could be aimed at them.

“Let this serve as a warning to those police officers who are engaged in illegal activities: We will keep an eye on you and bring what is due. We won’t be lenient,” he said.

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