CAMP GEN. ALEJO S. SANTOS, Bulacan -- Two alleged drug peddlers were killed and 33 other drug and crime suspects were arrested in separate anti-criminality law enforcement operations by the Bulacan police on Monday and early morning of Tuesday.
Senior Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna, director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, identified the fatalities as Ronaldo de Vera of Barangay Guyong, Sta. Maria town and Norman Piga of Barangay Batia, Bocaue town, both of this province.
Bersaluna said de Vera was included on the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) watch list of the Sta. Maria Municipal Police Station.
“The suspects were killed in separate armed encounters. They fired their guns towards the anti-illegal drugs operatives when they sensed that they were dealing with undercover agents. The police officers have no choice but to defend themselves which resulted in the death of the suspects,” he said.
Recovered from de Vera were three heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a caliber .22 Black Widow revolver, and buy-bust money.
Seized from Piga, on the other hand, were nine pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected shabu, a .357 Magnum revolver, three pieces of spent shell of 9-mm handgun and buy-bust money.
Bersaluna added that 15 drug suspects were arrested in anti-illegal drug operations in the cities of Malolos, San Jose del Monte and Meycauayan and in the towns of Hagonoy, San Miguel, Plaridel, Paombong, Santa Maria, San Rafael, and Angat.
He identified the arrested suspects as Roy San Jose, Annaliza Mauricio, Larry Avelino, Cristian Hiponia, Inigo Casrillo, Ronnie Santos, Teofilo Clemente Jr., Mark Aguilon, Jay-Ar Francisco, Ram Jake Angeles, Miguelito Villarama, Baby Boy Nazareno, Randillo Del Rosario, Conrado Legazpi, and Ryan Andres.
Confiscated during the operations were 47 pieces of heat sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, buy-bust money and assorted drug paraphernalia.
Bersaluna also said three bettors -- Francisco Natividad, Mark Anthony Pericas, and Rizaldy Natividad -- were arrested during anti-illegal gambling operations conducted by operatives of Malolos City police.
Meanwhile, the No. 3 most wanted person of Catanauan, Quezon identified as Constancio Lindo, 52, married, resident of No. 455 Barangay Mag-asawang Sapa, Santa Maria town, was arrested in Santa Maria by virtue of a warrant of arrest for frustrated homicide issued by Judge Edilwasif T. Baddiri of Regional Trial Court Branch 96, Catanauan, Quezon.
A fixed bail of PHP24,000 was recommended for his temporary liberty.
Meanwhile, 12 of the 14 other wanted persons arrested were identified as: Joseph Ervin Villaflor for qualified theft; Mark Anthony Cruz for violation of Republic Act No. 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004); Ronald Flores and Rosalie Bengala for theft; Mariano Serapio for estafa; John Patrick Pineda for slight physical injuries; Rolando Camua for violation of Republic Act 7610 (Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act);
Alfredo Reyes for theft; Roy San Jose for violation of Republic Act 9165 (Possession of Dangerous Drugs); Astorga Romeo for attempted homicide; Kelvin James Termulo for usurpation of rights in property; and Jerry Eduarte for violation of RA 9262 (Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004).
"The Bulacan police is relentlessly implementing its intensified campaign against illegal drugs and other forms of criminality,” Bersaluna said. (PNA)