TWO days after President Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the teenager who died of suspected drug overdose during a pre-Sinulog party in Cebu City last January 19 was the “source” of the drug, police yesterday killed the suspected main supplier of Ecstasy in a gunbattle that marred a drug bust.
Ken Kennet Rosales, a 31-year-old resident of Tres Borces Street in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City died after exchanging fire with undercover officers of the Police Regional Office 7 Regional Special Operations Group and Regional Drug Enforcement Unit in Bgy. Zapatera around 1:45 a.m., said PRO7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas.
The slain suspect was identified by the regional police as one of the top distributors of the party drugs in Cebu City which was believed to have killed 19-year-old Ashley Abad.
Sinas said members of the PRO7 RSOG and RDUE led by Inspector Feliciano Feria traded shots with the suspect when he sensed an entrapment.
The suspect, who yielded a loaded firearm and assorted multi-colored Ecstasy tablets died while being rushed to the Cebu City Medical Center by the policemen.
On Wednesday, President Duterte said he had told Abad’s parents Jose Alfonso and Grace Avila Abad that it was their daughter who texted her friends and her boyfriend to share the drug.
“Nag-reklamo sila. They want justice. Pero nakita nila na-recover ‘yung forensics examinations, she was the one actually texting another girl na maghati sila dun at yung isa reserbahan para sa kanyang boyfriend, yung missing until now,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang Palace.
The teenager was believed to have taken an Ecstasy-laced drink before attending the pre-Sinulog Festival concert at the Cebu Business Park last January 19.
She later collapsed on the VIP deck area of the concert venue and died the following day.