NEUTRALIZED. Mayor John Dalipe (in black baseball cap) watches as an undercover agent conducts an inventory on the pieces of evidence seized from the slain top 5 drug personality, Reynante Álvarez (not in photo) in Zamboanga City. Alvarez allegedly resisted and was killed in a shootout with police officers Sunday evening (July 3, 2022) in Barangay Tugbungan of the city. (Photo lifted from Dalipe's Facebook Page)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A drug pusher was killed in a shootout with government operatives in an operation that netted PHP340,000 worth of illegal drugs here, a police official said Monday.

Col. Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, said suspect Reynante Alvarez, 54, was killed in a shootout around 6:45 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Tugbungan.

Alvarez is the fifth most-wanted drug personality on the list of both ZCPO and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Lorenzo said the shootout during the buy-bust resulted in fatally hitting the suspect, who yielded some 50 grams of suspected shabu, a .9mm pistol with ammunition, and other pieces of evidence.

Mayor John Dalipe, who was seen at the site of the anti-drug operation following the shootout, lauded law enforcers for the suspect's neutralization. (PNA)