TWO members of the Eastern Police District (EPD) and a suspected big-time drug pusher carrying P2.9 milllion worth of illegal drugs were wounded after they traded shots with agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during a buy-bust in Pasig City Friday afternoon.
Senior Supt. Rizalito Gapas, Pasig Police chief identified the cop-suspects as PO3 Mark Anthony Vista, assigned at the EPD-District Special Operations Unit (DSOU) and PO2 Marlou Roldan assigned at the Pasig Police Community Precinct (PCP-9). The two are now undergoing treatment at the Rizal Medical Center of gunshot wounds in the body.
The big-time drug pusher identified as Raymond Ryan Cruz is now under the custody of PDEA-National Capital Region.
Teams of PDEA-NCR Quezon City District Office headed by Director Joel Plaza, in coordination with Pasig police, conducted a buy-bust at Caltex Gasoline Station located at San Guillermo Ave., Bgy. Buting, Pasig City around 4:35 p.m. Friday.
Plaza said prior to the operation, PDEA agents transacted with Cruz along with the two cop-suspects who the anti-narcotics officers did not know were members of EPD.
Cruz and PO2 Roldan were arrested after the firefight. PO2 Roldan immediately identified himself as a lawman.
While PO3 Vista hurriedly escaped onboard his motorcycle and proceeded to the Bgy Hall in Sta Rosa.
A barangay tanod saw him bleeding and rushed him to the nearest hospital.
The cop was traced inside the emergency room of the Rizal Medical Center.
Recovered from PO2 Roldan was his service firearm and 9 plastic sachets of suspected illegal drugs.
While authorities seized from Cruz a plastic pouch containing 430 grams with an estimated street value of P2.9 million worth of shabu.
Gapas immediatelty relieved Insp. Edward Olmedo, commander of PCP-9, after the shooting incident.
It was learned that PO2 Roldan was formerly assigned at the Pasig Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) and was relieved in January.
Gapas said the two cops have no record of drug-related cases or any criminal case filed against them.