POLICE on Wednesday killed a notorious member of a criminal group in an anti-drug operation at Barangay Masaya Jubilee Ville, in the town of Bay.
Laguna provincial director Sr Supt. Eleazar Matta, in a report to Calabarzon regional director Chief Supt. Edward Carranza identified the suspect as Ruel de Chavez.
Matta said combined elements of Provincial Intelligence Branch, Drug Enforcement Unit and Bay Police conducted a buy-bust operation against the suspect which led to an armed encounter.
The suspect, sensing that he was transacting with a cop, drew his handgun and fired, prompting the police officer to retaliate, killing the suspect.
Recovered from the suspect were a caliber 45 pistol and a sachet of shabu.
Matta said based on Coplan “Gunmetal”, de Chavez is a member of Batang Kubo/Bantugon group involved in gun-for-hire for politics and illegal drugs in Batangas, Quezon and Laguna provinces.
The group is allegedly behind the murder of former vice mayor Julio Cruzat of Bauan, Batangas in November 2013 and former vice mayor Demetrio Alajar of Tuy, Batangas in 2015.
Alajar was killed for failing to return a large amount of money entrusted to him by their leader, Nilo Bantugon, which was supposed to be used for illegal gambling operations in Batangas City.