Cavite cop hurt in shootout with drug trafficker

CAVITE policemen have launched a massive hunt for an armed drug trafficker who shot and wounded the chief of the Dasmariñas City Police Station in a shootout which marred the conduct of a buy-bust operation on Tuesday, a report to Police Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao said yesterday.

Cavite Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Marlon R. Santos said that Dasmariñas City police chief, Lieutenant Col. Richard Ian Ang was shot on his leg during the sting along Paliparan-Molino Road 10 p.m. Tuesday is already in stable condition.

Santos said the operation in the area as well as another sting inside the San Marino Classic Subdivision in Barangay Salawag led in the arrest of seven suspects and the seizure of nearly 30 grams of shabu worth at least P204,000.

The official said the suspect who shot Lt. Col. Ang, one Jerome Camantigue alias ‘Aba’ managed to escape and still being hunted as of press time. He said that four of the six arrested suspects yielded weapons including two caliber .45 semi-automatic pistols, a cal. .38 revolver, a cal. .22 revolver, a 9mm pistol and dozens of assorted live ammunition.

This week, the Cavite police conducted 12 anti-narcotics operations which led in the arrest of 35 drug personalities in Cavite City, General Trias City, Dasmariñas City, Bacoor City, Imus City and Tanza municipality and the confiscation of around 40 grams of shabu valued at nearly P300,000.

The Dasmariñas City police also supported agents of the Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group headed by Brig. Gen. Romeo M. Caramat Jr. in the conduct of a sting inside the District Ayala Malls in Salawag area 1:45 p.m. Tuesday which led in the arrest of two African nationals and their two Filipino cohorts after they conspired to sell 11 kilograms of shabu worth over P74 million to an undercover officer of the PNP-DEG.

Santos said that from Tuesday to Wednesday, they also apprehended 1,256 violators of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the province including 36 for violating the liquor ban and 16 for resisting arrest and lawful orders from an agent of a person in authority.

The official said that a man wanted for rape and another for estafa were also arrested in General Trias City and Dasmariñas City respectively during the period.