THREE suspected drug pushers were killed by police authorities in separate armed encounter in Benguet.
On August 28, Pedro Badong Animalis including a still unidentified male cadaver who are allegedly members of the Pagari group involved in drug peddling and gun running were killed in a shootout along Bontiwey, Badiwan, Marcos Highway, Tuba, Benguet.
According to police report, operatives of the intelligence unit of Benguet Provincial Police Office, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) and members of Tuba Municipal Police Station were conducting an operation in the area when the shootout happened.
The unidentified male tried to run towards the forested area but was chased until he was also hit.
Recovered from the cadavers are one black wallet containing a professional driver’s license, six heat sealed transparent sachets containing white crystalline substance suspected to be a shabu; a one dollar bill; condom, P4, 000 drug bust money; lighter, Caliber 45 pistol with inserted magazine containing six ammunitions, Caliber 38 revolver containing two fired cartridges; two empty cartridges, and one ammunition, one baseball cap, and a Caliber 38 revolver with four ammunitions.
Meanwhile, the joint Intelligence and Drug Enforcement personnel of Benguet, Atok Municipal Police Station, and Benguet PMFC, in coordination with Philippine Drug enforcement Agency (PDEA) neutralized John Simon Arguelles, 25, on August 24 at Kilometer 54, Tuludan Junction, Atok.
The suspect, who is from Quezon City tried to elude police manning a checkpoint and fired a gun prompting the operatives to return fire which led to his death.
Recovered from his possession were one marijuana brick wrapped with a masking tape having an estimated dangerous drug board (DDB) value of P120, 000 placed inside a black back pack, one paper bag filled with suspected marijuana worth P30, 000; one black coin purse containing cash amounting to P2, 300; small plastic heat sealed sachet of suspected shabu with undetermined value; and one Caliber .38 with live ammunitions.