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5 pushers killed in Ecija, Pampanga shootouts

  • Written by Steve A. Gosuico & Bernard Galang
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Five suspected drug pushers were killed in separate shootouts in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga, police reported yesterday.

Three of the suspected drug pushers were killed in separate gunbattles in Nueva Ecija after they fought it off with anti-narcotics lawmen while having a drug deal with them.
    
Provincial police director Senior Supt. Antonio C. Yarra identified those killed as Danilo Daluz, 43, married, alias Dan, of Bgy. Caudillo; Albert Curod, alias Ambet, of Bgy. Pamaldan, both in this city; and tricycle driver Teodolfo dela Cruz, 38, alias Patcheng, single, of Joson Village, Bgy. San Roque, Gapan City.
    
Daluz and Curod were killed in an armed encounter in Bgy. San Miguel na Munti, Talavera at 2 a.m. Sunday.
    
Yarra said joint teams from the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit and the Talavera police conducted a buy-bust operation against the duo but the suspects  sensed that they were dealing with policemen disguised as dope buyers.
    
After the poseur-buyer bought the drugs, he said the two suspects tried to escape on board a motorcycle and while fleeing, the back rider fired at the pursuing operatives.
    
This triggered a brief gunfight, hitting the two suspects in their bodies that caused their instantaneous deaths.
    
Recovered at the encounter site were a homemade cal. .22 loaded with four bullets, a cal. .38 revolver loaded with three bullets, two fired cartridges, four plastic sachets containing shabu, P1,000 cash used in the buy-bust operation, five fired cartridge cases for cal. 9mm and two fired cartridge cases for cal. .45.
    
In Bgy. San Roque, Gapan City, police said the buy-bust operation conducted at 2 a.m. resulted in the death of Dela Cruz, who fired at the operating lawmen after noticing the entrapment operation being set up against him.
    
Gapan City police commander Supt. Peter B. Madria said his men were forced to defend themselves as they returned fire, killing Dela Cruz on the spot.
    
Recovered at the scene were a cal .45 pistol, two fired cartridges for cal. 45, three fired bullets for cal. 9mm, six plastic sachets with shabu, a P500 bill used as marked money in the drug deal, and various drug parapharnelia.
    
In Pampanga, Senior Supt. Joel Consulta, Pampanga police director, identified the slain suspects as Rosby de Leon, 45, from Floridablanca, Pampanga, and Denmark Jay Mungcal, 20, from Digos City, Davao del Sur.
    
Consulta said a poseur-buyer from the Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Unit was able to buy P1,000 worth of shabu from the suspects along the Pasig-Potrero Dike in Bgy. Cabetican, Bacolor town on Sunday. But after the transaction, the suspects, who were on board a white Nissan Sentra car (CSK-982), sensed that he was a policeman.
    
The suspects reportedly drew their firearms and fired at the poseur-buyer, who was able to roll himself down the ditch and fired back. The back-up policemen from the provincial police office arrived and joined the shootout, killing the two suspects.
    
Confiscated from the suspects were 36 heat-sealed sachets of shabu, two sachets of dried marijuana leaves, a Colt cal. .45 pistol and a cal. .22 Marlin rifle. Their bodies were brought to a funeral parlor for autopsy.
    
Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino, Police Regional Office 3 director, lauded the Pampanga police for neutralizing the suspected drug pushers and confiscating the illegal drugs.