Cops kill 3 ‘HVTs’ in clash

THREE armed major drug trafficking suspects in Central Visayas were killed in a gunbattle with undercover officers in Talisay City late Thursday afternoon, Police Regional Office 7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas reported yesterday.

The official said the firefight erupted shortly after the suspects sensed they were dealing with an undercover officer and engaged the lawmen in Sitio San Lucas in Barangay Biasong, Talisay City at 4:40 p.m. Thursday.

According to Sinas, members of the Talisay City Police Station headed by Major  Orlando Carag Jr. conducted the buy-bust operation against suspects Vernabe Suello and brothers Julie and Anisito Daug-daug amid validated information regarding their involvement in the trafficking of shabu in their community.

He said Julie Daug-daug, a ‘purok’ leader in Sitio San Lucas had just sold a packet of shabu to an undercover officer when he detected the ongoing entrapment operation and pulled out a concealed firearm which he used in shooting the poseur.

The two other suspects joined Julie in engaging the policemen in a firefight until they were hit. All were taken to the Talisay City District Hospital where attending physicians pronounced them dead upon arrival.

Recovered from the possession of the slain suspects were 24 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing exactly 35.42 grams of shabu worth nearly P241,000, several drug paraphernalia, the boodle money topped by a marked P500 bill, two chamber-loaded caliber .45 pistols and a cal. .38 revolver.

Sinas said the Daug-Daugs are natives of Argao, Cebu who transferred to Bgy. Biasong early this year. “We have received persistent reports regarding their drug trafficking activities since then prompting the local police to put them under surveillance,” he said.

Also last Thursday, members of the Talisay City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit led by Lieutenant Jan Ace Elcid Layug arrested  five suspected drug dealers during a sting in Sitio Hawod in Bgy. Bulacao at 3:45 in the afternoon.

Sinas identified the arrested suspects as Remegio Abalo Jr.,43; Roel Ranoa,44; Philip Nino Mabalcon,26; Elisio Tisoy,44; and Michael Salinas,20.

He said seized from the suspects were 59 plastic sachets containing around 32 grams of the so-called ‘poor man’s cocaine’ and marked money.