GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Five alleged drug personalities, one of them a government militiaman, were killed while more than PHP700,000 worth of suspected shabu were recovered in a series of police anti-drug operations in Polomolok town, South Cotabato province in the past two days.
Lt. Col. Alex Joe Orcajada, Polomolok police chief, said Friday the suspects were slain in separate shootouts after resisting arrest during the entrapment operations conducted by joint personnel of their station and the Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit 12 (Soccsksargen).
Orcajada said a notorious pusher identified as Eremio Nequito was killed after engaging operatives in a brief firefight during a buy-bust at a portion of the Awas public cemetery in Purok 9, Barangay Sulit at about 6:35 p.m. on Thursday.
He said Nequito, who was a member of the Citizen’s Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) assigned to the village, sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth PHP1,000 to a police officer who posed as a buyer.
“Instead of surrendering, he drew a handgun and fired at the operating team so they were forced to retaliate,” Orcajada said in an interview.
Recovered from the suspect, who was declared dead upon arrival at the municipal hospital, were a caliber .45 pistol, another sachet of suspected shabu, and the PHP1,000 marked bill.
Two more suspected pushers, identified as Judy Dula and Mamerto Gomez Aranco Jr., were killed after allegedly resisting arrest during an entrapment in Purok 2 Sto. Niño, Barangay Glamang at about 1:30 p.m.
Orcajada said the two, who were listed as high-value targets, each yielded a caliber .38 revolver and assorted packs of suspected shabu weighing a combined 52 grams with an estimated street value of PHP353,000.
He said the other two suspects, identified as Jomar Pepito and Ruben Acedo, were killed after engaging operatives in a shootout at the vicinity of Purok Makugihon, Barangay Upper Klinan at about 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Recovered from the suspects were two loaded caliber .38 revolvers and assorted plastic sachets containing 55 grams of suspected shabu worth PHP374,000.
Orcajada said the slain suspects were all known pushers and included in the town’s drug watch list.
“We have been monitoring their illegal activities for quite some and finally got the chance to get them but they unfortunately resisted,” he added. (PNA)