Surrenderee, top druggie shot dead in Bicol stings

January 17, 2019

TABACO CITY -- Darwin Peña, a drug surrenderee was killed in a buy-bust operation early dawn last January 16.

Tabaco City PNP head Police Supt. Nilo Berdin said Peña attempted to shoot at a poseur-buyer, after sensing it was an entrapment.

Berdin revealed a cal. 45 pistol used by the suspect was traced to a police officer, who lost his firearm last Nov. of 2018.

The police chief added it is uncertain how the suspect acquired the handgun, but serial numbers and record of the firearm0 showed it belongs to the PNP.

Peña was reported to have surrendered to the Malilipot, MPS in 2016, and is included in the municipal drug watchlist of Malinao, Albay.

Meanwhile, in Nabua, Camarines Sur, drug suspect Roy Velitario Sabordo, 37, considered as No. 4 regional drug watch list personality; No. 1 in the provincial drug watchlist and in the municipal drug target list, died in a shootout with joint Nabua MPS, Regional Police Drug Enforcement Unit and other police support units, in Zone 6, Bgy. Topas Proper in this town last January 15.

Nabua PNP head, Police Chief Insp. Chester Pomar, said Sabordo resisted while being served a search warrant.

Sabordo was pronounced dead on arrival at Our Lady of Mediatrix Hospital in San Jose, Iriga City.

Found at the scene of the shootout were shells and slugs for a 9-mm pistol; a cal. 45 pistol loaded with four bullets; and a spent shell for a cal. 45.

Recovered from the suspect’s body were two-black pouches, one containing 15 medium sized plastic sachets with methamphetamine hydrochloride and another pouch with four plastic sachets containing a similar substance.