Cops kill 3 dealers, nab 6 in Bulacan shootout

August 18, 2019

A SPATE of anti-narcotics operations in Bulacan province on Saturday resulted in the killing of three armed suspected drug dealers and the arrest of six others, a report to Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Joel Napoleon M. Coronel said yesterday.

Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Chito G. Bersaluna, identified the slain suspects as Harold Sunpongco, a resident of M. Perez Street in Barangay Poblacion, Norzagaray town; Alfie Garcia, of Bgy. Caingin in San Rafael and Julius Ace Lavarro, a resident of Sitio Gulod, Bgy. Camalig in Meycauayan City.

The official said that Sunpongco was killed in a firefight with undercover officers of the Norzagaray Municipal Police Station headed by Major Avelino Protacio shortly after he sold shabu to a poseur at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Recovered from the slain suspect’s possession were one caliber .38 revolver with three spent cartridges and three live ammunition, four heat-sealed plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and a marked P500 bill paid to him by the operative.

On the other hand, Garcia engaged officers of the San Rafael Municipal Police Station headed by Lt. Col. Laurente Acquiot in a shootout in Bgy. Sampaloc at 11 p.m. Saturday shortly after he sensed the ongoing buy-bust operation.

An unidentified cohort of the suspect managed to escape on board a motorcycle.

The slain suspect was found in possession of a cal. .38 revolver with three bullets and two spent casings, the buy-bust money and six plastic sachets containing the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine.’

Lavarro was gunned down in a gunbattle with members of the Bulakan Municipal Police Station headed by Lt. Col. Grace Naparato in Bgy. Bambang at 11:55 p.m. Saturday.

Seized from the suspect’s possession were 10 plastic sachets containing shabu, 18 plastic packets with dried marijuana leaves, the marked money paid to him by the undercover agent and a loaded cal. .38 revolver.

Bersaluna said six other suspected drug dealers in Meycauayan City and Bocaue were also arrested in separate stings on Saturday which resulted in the recovery of 18 plastic sachets with shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and the buy-bust money paid to them by police poseurs.

The official said the suspects identified as Aridel del Rosario,43; Marvie Labong,19; Joan Ralo,27; Jennifer Francisco,26; Jack Contante,28; and Rafael Guerrero,36, will be facing non-bailable charges for sale and possession of dangerous drugs under Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs At of 2002.