3 dead, 7 arrested in Bulacan drug war

Three suspected drug pushers were killed while seven others were arrested in different anti-illegal drugs operations conducted by Bulacan Police on Monday.

Bulacan Police provincial director Sr. Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., identified the slain suspects during the operation in City of Malolos as Valentine Pillego and Mervin Gacad, both from Sitio Dupax Brgy., San Vicente, City of Malolos while in Meycauayan City the suspect was identified as Cezar John Mutuc, of Brgy. Pandayan.

PSupt. Heryl Bruno, police chief of Malolos said that suspects Pillego and Gacad were killed in a shoot-out during a separate buy-bust operations conducted by the Malolos Drug Enforcement Unit in Sitio Dupax Brgy., San Vicente, City of Malolos.

Based on the report, after the illegal drug transactions, the suspects resisted when operatives were about to effect the arrest.

The suspects drew their guns and opened fire successively towards the operating team which prompted them to retaliate killing the suspects instantly while their cohort managed to elude arrest.

Recovered from the crime scene were: 16 small heat sealed plastic sachets with suspected “shabu”; one open small plastic sachet with suspected “shabu” residue; 19 small plastic sachets of suspected dried “marijuana” leaves; two Smith and Wesson caliber 38 revolver without serial number loaded with three fired cartridge case and three live ammunitions; five pieces of 9mm fired cartridge cases; and buy-bust money.

In the City of Meycauayan, an armed encounter ensued during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Malhacan, Meycauayan City, on Monday at around 3:30pm when suspect Mutuc fired towards the police operatives leaving them no choice but to retaliate which resulted in the suspect’s death.

Seized pieces of evidence were brought to Bulacan Crime Laboratory Office for appropriate examinations while the cadavers of the suspects were brought to Funeral Homes.

Caramat added that seven other suspects including a Child in Conflict with the Law (CICL) were arrested in different buy-bust operations conducted by Cities/Municipalities of San Jose del Monte (SJDM), Pulilan, Bocaue, and Sta Maria, Bulacan.

The arrested suspects were identified as John Lawrence Cabingao; Jury Barreta; Dianoding Minalang; Romeo De Vera; Jeffrey Ignacio; Jeramy Garcia and a 16 year old male CICL.

Twenty-three small pieces transparent plastic sachets of suspected “shabu”; one (1) heat sealed plastic sachets of suspected dried “marijuana” leaves; buy-bust money and assorted drug paraphernalia’s were seized during the operations.

The arrested suspects and seized pieces of evidence were brought to Bulacan Crime Laboratory Office for appropriate examinations. While criminal complaints against them are now being prepared for filing in court. –ELOISA SILVERIO