THREE suspected drug pushers-cum- gunrunners were shot dead by policemen following a chase at the Baseco Compound in Port Area, Manila, early yesterday morning.
The Manila Police District-Station 5 identified only one of the suspects as Robert Pagtaluna, alias ‘Oteb.’
The shooting incident stemmed from a buy-bust operation conducted at around 2 a.m. at the Baseco Compound where the suspects reportedly sensed that they were dealing with policemen and then engaged them in a shootout.
Police said the suspects fled toward Block 1, Gasangan, Baseco Compound where they were later cornered by the pursuing policemen. Recovered from them were a plateless motorcycle, four guns, a hand grenade and an undetermined amount of shabu.
The bodies were brought to a funeral parlor for autopsy and safekeeping while the identities of the other two suspects are yet to be established by the police.