2 drug offenders die in Batangas firefight

October 01, 2018

CAMP Gen. Miguel Malvar, Batangas -- Two suspected drug offenders were killed during separate buy-bust operations in Nasugbu and Padre Garcia towns the other day.

Nasugbu Municipal Police Station commander Chief Insp. Ronald P. Cayago identified the suspect as Joel Galicha, alias Anah, who is included on the drug watchlist of the local police, is a resident of Roxas Village, Bgy. Lumbangan.

Cayago said the Nasugbu police Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) conducted a buy-bust operation at 8:10 p.m. that resulted in his death.

Police recovered from the suspect’s body a Shooters cal. .38 revolver without serial number loaded with two fired cartridge casings and three live ammunition, two fired cartridge casings for M-16 rifle, a P500 buy-bust money and a coin purse containing three heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets from his pocket.

Another armed encounter was reported by Senior Insp. Fernando O. Fernando, chief of police of the Padre Garcia MPS,  in Bgy. Banaba which resulted in an armed encounter and the death of one alias Lock/Steve, 30.

Police said a poseur-buyer was dealing with a heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu with the suspect using a P1,000 bill in marked money.

The suspect noticed that he was dealing with a police officer, drew a short handgun from his waist and fired at the officer but missed. The police officer returned fire, hitting him.

The suspect was rushed to Rosales General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician Dr. Peter Chua.

Fernando said they recovered from the suspect two transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a cal.  357 revolver with defaced serial number and loaded with five live bullets, a fired cartridge casing for the same caliber, a Yamaha Mio without plate number, a Vivo cellphone, a brown wallet containing four live ammo for cal. .38, a plastic sachet of suspected marijuana, P1,000 marked money, P700 in different denominations and a Techno Marine wrist watch.