11 alleged armed drug dealers killed, another 45 nabbed in Bulacan

CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan – Eleven alleged drug dealers here were killed by anti-narcotics operatives amid the intensified campaign of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office dubbed “One Time, Big Time” operations in different parts of the province.

Another 45 individuals were arrested on Tuesday noon, according to Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr.,

Caramat reported to Central Luzon police regional director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino that a total of 32 armed suspects were killed and 109 others arrested since the intensified drive against illegal drugs. Also confiscated were illegal drugs, grenades, firearms and ammunitions during the simultaneous ‘One Time Big Time’ (OTBT) operations conducted by the Bulacan Police on Tuesday which coincided with the celebration of Bulacan Day.

Caramat said that a total of 67 operations were conducted by the 24 police stations in Bulacan including the Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) in the campaigns against illegal drugs, loose firearms and implementation of search warrant all over the province.

He said the fatalities were killed when they fired their guns at arresting police operatives.

Caramat identified, most of them only by their aliases, as Alvin who was killed in Balagtas; Pugeng Manyak in Baliwag; Ronnie in Bulakan; Jojo de Belen in Calumpit; Yayot and two of his unidentified cohorts in Guiguinto; Wilfredo Alapide, Jeffrey, Alvin, Victoria dela Cruz and Quintin in the City of Malolos; Jimmy Gongon and Marie Bartolome in Marilao; Allan Almojuela in Norzagary; Enan and Justine in Obando; Ansiong in Pandi; Wilfredo Pleno and Jerome Crisostomo in Plaridel; Berth in Pulilan; Joseph Gentolia in San Ildefonso; Elias and Leogie Medrno in the City of San Jose del Monte;Christopher Tecson in San Miguel; Macoy, Rommel Victorino and two unidentified in Santa Maria;Jessie Andles and an unidentified one in operations conducted by PPSC and Bryn Velayo who was killed in an operation conducted by PIB and SWAT.

A total of 359 plastic sachets of suspected shabu weighing 235.0792 grams; 765 grams of marijuana leaves; two grenades: 33 assorted firearms; 112 pieces of ammunitions were recovered and confiscated in the 50 buy-bust, 15 search warrants and two checkpoint police operations, Caramat added.

Caramat said the Bulacan police have neutralized many drug dealers and offenders but many are still on the loose and still selling illegal drugs. He said that Bulacan police will pursue the drive against the drugs menace.

“Kung lagi silang gising dahil sa tama ng shabu, lagi ding gising ang ating kapulisan para tugisin sila. It is quite obvious that many of those killed are no longer in their right minds because instead of surrendering like most of those arrested they are inclined to fight it out with our policemen,” Caramat said.

In the City of San Jose del Monte, police operatives led by City police chief Supt. Fitz Macariola dismantled a “shabu tiange” and arrested at least 50 persons caught in the act of buying and sniffing prohibited drugs inside rows of shanties that serve as dope dens in Bario Mausok, Bgy. Bagong Buhay.

Macariola said that one of the suspected drug dealer and owner of the “kubol” (dope den shanty) who was identified only as a certain alias “Elias” engaged police operatives into a firefight and was killed.

Five other drug dealers identied as Ederlina Garcia, Emmanuel David, Aldrin Aquirre, Van Riener Aporto and Josephine Niepes, all residents of said areas where arrested. The suspected drug dealers also own the so called “kubols” , Macariola added.

At least fifty other drug suspects, mostly scorers or clients were also subsequently arrested.

“We have been monitoring the area after receiving reports that the place is being frequented by many people who are non-residents there. And there they are, still awake at the wee hours of the morning sniffing shabu,” Macariola said.

Police recovered a still undetermined grams of shabu, assorted drug paraphernalia and a handgun from the slain drug dealer.

The arrested suspects will be subjected to drug test while appropriate charges will be filed against them, Macariola added. – EMIL G. GAMOS

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