CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Four armed riders-in-tandem and a suspected drug pusher were killed in this province while another drug suspect was slain in Nueva Ecija in encounters with the police last March 10, 11 and 12.
Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, said the four motorcycle-riding men were killed after evading two checkpoints in Sta. Rita town here while the two drug suspects were killed in police operations in Sta. Ana town here and Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.
He said the suspects engaged the policemen in firefights.
Policemen manning a Comelec checkpoint in San Basilio-Dila Dila road on the night of March 11 flagged down the four men on board two motorcycles but they ignored the lawmen and zoomed towards the town proper.
When the suspicious men approached the second checkpoint, they again ignored the policemen who gave chase that resulted to a firefight and the neutralization of the still unidentified riders-in-tandem who were declared dead on arrival at the provincial hospital in nearby Guagua town.
Three cal. .45 pistols and one cal. .38 revolver were confiscated from the suspects.
In Barangay San Joaquin, Sta. Ana, Pampanga, the serving of a search warrant by joint municipal, provincial and regional police operatives last March 10 resulted to the death of one Gary Tungol alias “Roman Bordado” who reportedly fired at the policemen.
Recovered from the scene were fifteen small heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu, one cal. .45 M1911 A1 pistol loaded with ammunitions, three magazine loaded with 40 pieces cal. .45 live ammunitions and five cal. .45 spent shells.
In Barangay Matadero, Gapan City, Nueva Ecija, suspected pusher identified as Greggy Liwag was killed after reportedly having a firefight with policemen conducting a buy-bust operation.
A cal. .38 revolver with four fired cartridges and four sachets of shabu were recovered by the police.
“As we continue to intensify our aggressive anti-illegal drugs campaign, we also keep on maximizing our anti-criminality efforts especially on motorcycle riding suspects to put a stop if not prevent nefarious activities of these lawless elements,” Coronel said.
Meanwhile, two suspected drug pushers were arrested in Angeles City.
Sr. Supt. Narvin Mangune, Angeles City police acting director, identified the suspects as Allan Pineda, 41, and Gerald Espinola, 27.
Seven sachets of shabu were confiscated from Pineda who is facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 while five sachets of the illegal drug and a cal. .38 revolver were seized from Espinola who faces charges for violation of RA 9165 and RA 10591.