SIX armed drug trafficking suspects were killed in gunbattles with policemen in Bulacan following a string of anti-criminality operations in the province which also resulted in the arrest of 151 other law offenders since the month started, Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said yesterday.
One of the suspects was killed in a firefight in Barangay Poblacion in Pulilan, Bulacan at 3:45 a.m. Thursday with undercover officers of the Pulilan Municipal Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit headed by Lieutenant Colonel Gil Domingo.
The suspect identified as Joel Samia, a man included in the drug watch list of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office’s Intelligence Branch, had just sold a packet of shabu to a poseur when he sensed the entrapment operation and exchanged fire with officers out to arrest him.
Back-up operatives returned fire killing the suspect on the spot. Recovered from the possession of the slain suspect were one caliber .38 revolver with four live ammunition and two spent cartridges, five heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the marked money paid to him by the undercover agent.
Bulacan police director, Col. Chito Bersaluna said five other armed suspects were also shot dead in separate buy-bust operations which turned awry when the suspects engaged officers in shootouts.
The official said since the month started, they have conducted 107 anti-criminality operations including 67 buy-bust operations and served 40 warrants of arrest across the province.
He said those operations also led in the confiscation of 261 plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine,’ six plastic packets containing dried marijuana leaves, five loose firearms and dozens of live ammunition.
Bersaluna said he has also ordered an investigation into an incident in which three persons were caught while in possession of drugs inside the custodial facility of the Guiguinto police station around 5 p.m. Thursday.
The three were identified as Edwin Critica,25; Erlinda Bolivar,47; and Beatrize Descutido,18. Recovered from the three were two plastic sachets containing suspected shabu. Bersaluna ordered Guiguinto police station commander, Lt. Col. Joel Aparejado to investigate and file administrative and criminal charges against any of his men who will be found involved in the incident.