A MEMBER of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group was killed in a gunfight with heavily-armed drug traffickers in Cebu City on Tuesday, the latest anti-narcotics agent to be shot dead as a result of the government’s war on drugs, PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said yesterday.
Police Master Sergeant Maximino Macua Jr. of the PNP-DEG Special Operations Unit 5 was gunned down during the conduct of a buy-bust operation in Tabada St., Barangay Mabaling, Cebu City around 5:44 p.m. Tuesday, the top cop said.
Gamboa said that the suspect was shot by at least two armed drug traffickers who fled on board a motorcycle shortly after the shooting incident. The policeman died while being taken to a local hospital for treatment, he said.
The PNP chief led his men in mourning the death of the brave anti-narcotics officer, the latest member of the police force to sacrifice his life as a result of the continuing aggressive crackdown against illegal drug trafficking and abuse by the national police force.
“We are mourning the death of a brave policeman at the hands of armed drug dealers. We are also taking actions to see to it that the killers will be caught,” Gen. Gamboa said.
The PNP chief emphasized the grave danger being faced by police anti-narcotics agents each time they deal with armed and defiant drug dealers, thus the need to keep them protected at all times.
The PNP is procuring more bullet-proof vests for its anti-narcotics officers to protect them from fatal shots in the event drug dealers sense ongoing entrapment operations and start firing at them.
Gen. Gamboa said Macua became the 57th member of the police force to be killed in gunbattles with armed drug traffickers since the PNP launched its war on drugs in July 2016 on orders of President Duterte.