AGENTS of the National Capital Region Office of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group early morning yesterday shot dead two suspected illegal gun traffickers in Metro Manila following a shootout in Lawton, Manila, officials said.
CIDG-NCR chief, Superintendent Arnold Thomas C. Ibay said that the suspects, one of them identified thru his Comelec ID as Martin Gomez were killed in a gunbattle with members of the CIDG Manila District Field Unit in Lawton at 3:15 in the morning.
Ibay said that prior to the encounter, an undercover officer managed to transact an illegal firearms’ deal with the suspects. During the sting which took place in front of the Technological Institute of the Philppines along Ayala Avenue, the poseur managed to buy a caliber .45 pistol from the suspects for P10,000.
However, he said that the duo apparently sensed the entrapment operation and with drawn guns fled on board their getaway motorcycle heading towards the direction of Lawton.
Ibay said that the suspects ignored a checkpoint put up by members of the Manila Police District Station 5 just after the Manila City Hall and fired shots at officers. Pursuing CIDG operatives engaged the two in a shootout hitting both.
He said that Gomez died on the spot while the second who remained unidentified died while being taken to the Ospital ng Maynila.
The official said that recovered during the operation were one motorcycle without plate number, the object of the buy-bust operation which is a Caspian caliber .45 pistol without serial number and with a magazine with seven bullets, the weapons fired by the suspects during the shootout composed of one cal .38 revolver with four live ammunition and a spent casing in its cylinder and one cal. .357 revolver with four live ammunition and a fired bullet; several plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and the marked bills worth P10,000.
Yesterday was the latest successful operation of the CIDG-NCR against criminal syndicates involved in the sale of illegal firearms in Metro Manila since last January 1. A number of armed illegal weapons’ dealers have been killed in shootouts with the CIDG-NCR since PNP-CIDG chief, Director Amador V. Corpus ordered an all-out campaign against organized crime groups in the metropolis and other parts of the country specifically those involved in the production and sale of weapons that could be used to disrupt the peaceful and orderly holding of the May 13 national and local elections.