TACLOBAN CITY – Two high-value targets were killed in a buy-bust in this Leyte province capital late Monday.
Authorities identified the suspects as Edilberto Nalda, a 53-year-old resident of San Jose District, and Michael Agner, legal age, from nearby Palo town.
Recovered from the suspects were cash and five sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP1 million.
“After the consummation of the illegal drug transaction, the suspects sensed the presence of the arresting officers, immediately ran inside their house and drew their short firearms of unknown caliber and fired in unison towards the approaching operating team,” the Philippine National Police (PNP) said in its report.
The joint team from the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency fired back and killed the two around 9 p.m.
Authorities also collared the 34-year-old live-in partner of another suspect identified only as “alias Bong.”
She is detained at the Tacloban City police lock-up facility and will be facing charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
The operation happened two days after police agents arrested Ryan Jay Acebo, an employee of the local government in Barugo, with two sachets of suspected shabu with an estimated market value of PHP34,500. (PNA)