TWO armed drug trafficking suspects were killed in separate gunfights with combined agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police in the countryside last Wednesday, PDEA Director General Isidro S. Lapeña reported yesterday.
One of the suspects identified as Frederick Villamala, a notorious drug dealer also wanted for murder cases in Cebu City was killed during a buy-bust operation in Cebu City which also led in the seizure of more than P1 million worth of shabu, the official said.
He said that members of the PDEA Regional Office 7 and the Cebu City Police Office were about to arrest the suspect during the buy-bust operation in P. del Rosario Extension in Barangay Sambag 1 when Villamala resisted and tried to shoot it out with officers and was killed in the process.
Seized from the slain suspect’s possession were some 105 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P550,000, a loaded gun and a mobile phone.
A follow-up operation in Nicholes Heights in Bgy. Guadalupe resulted in the arrest of live-in couple John Kiamco, 25; and Ma. May Joy Villamala, 22, a sister of Frederick. Recovered from the two’s possession were three plastic packets containing around 104 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ worth P520,000, two cell phones and several bank documents believed to be containing drug proceeds of the suspects.
In Ligao City, Albay, PDEA and Police Regional Office 5 operatives gunned down barangay chairman Rolando Rolda of Bgy. Paulog when he resisted arrest during a buy-bust operation 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Recovered from the slain village chief’s possession were around two grams of shabu worth P10,000 and an unlicensed firearm. Another operation in Bgy. Victory Village in Legazpi City led in the arrest of Marissa Gonzales, 44, after officers found around 50 grams of shabu worth P250,000 inside her residence.
Lapeña said that his men also searched the house of Arnold Serrano, 38, and his brother Wilson, 40, in the same area and arrested the two after they recovered about 20 grams of shabu worth P100,000.
All arrested suspects are now facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.