A SOLDIER allegedly involved in illegal drugs on was killed Wednesday evening in a buy-bust in Digos City, Davao del Sur.
Sergeant Reginald Labajo, a former intelligence officer of the 39th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Philippine Army 39th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Geoffrey Carandang confirmed that the suspect was a member of the Bravo Company based in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.
Labajo was a former intelligence officer before he was transferred to the Bravo Company.
Prior to last Wednesday’s sting, the Davao del Sur police had been monitoring Labajo’s involvement in illegal drugs.
An elite police force conducted the anti-drug operation against Labajo.
The soldier resisted arrest that led to the gunfight.
Seized from the slain suspect were his issued gun and suspected shabu worth over P500,000.
Carandang said Labajo's involvement in illegal drugs saddened him, adding that he will not tolerate the use of illegal drugs by soldiers.
He said they regularly undergo random drug testing to ensure no one is using illegal drugs.