ANTI-DRUG OPS. Two HVT drug suspects were killed in a shootout with the police while nine others were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Jolo, Sulu on Saturday (June 3, 2023) and Sunday (June 4, 2023). Photo shows the pieces of evidence the police seized from the two slain suspects and seven of their cohorts on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jolo MPS)

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two high-value target (HVT) drug suspects were killed while nine others were arrested in separate anti-drug operations in Jolo, Sulu, a top police official said Monday.

Lt. Col. Annidul Sali, Jolo police chief, said the two slain HVT suspects -- Julman Hasanan, 37, and Alnajer Hasanan, 34 -- were killed in a shootout around 7:45 p.m. Saturday along Lady Ann Drive, Barangay San Raymundo, Jolo town.

Sali said the shootout ensued after the two suspects pulled out handguns and opened fire after sensing they were transacting with an undercover policeman.

The two suspects missed their target and were killed when the other members of the arresting team returned fire.

Sali said seven cohorts of the two suspects were arrested. They were identified as Moises Saidul, 51; Parasat Sangkula, 57; Ibrahim Hasanan, 30; Fadzrameir Saidul, 19; Alvin Biting, 40; Jayzon Pereyra, 25; Alnaser Alamhali, 38.

Seized from them were two .45-caliber pistols, suspected “shabu” items worth PHP68,680, the PHP500 marked money, and PHP1,550 cash of different denominations believed to be proceeds in the sale of illegal drugs.

On Sunday, two other suspects identified as Aleya Tulawie, and Alfred Jalandoni were arrested in another anti-drug operation around 8:30 p.m. in Sitio Matada, Barangay Asturias, Jolo.

Confiscated from the suspects were suspected “shabu” worth PHP109,700 and illegal drug paraphernalia.

Sali said Tulawie is under probation since she pleaded guilty and availed of plea bargaining for a lesser offense when previously arrested for an illegal drug offense.

All arrested suspects are presently under the custody of the Jolo municipal police station. (PNA)