NINE suspects, mostly jobless and tricycle drivers, were arrested while another drug personality was shot in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Eastern Visayas towns Thursday, February 25, 2021.
In Libagon, Southern Leyte, a cellphone technician was shot after he allegedly fired his gun towards arresting officers during a buy-bust in Barangay Naha-ong Thursday evening.
The suspect was identified as Rogen Ubas, a resident of the nearby town of Sogod.
A poseur buyer was able to buy 12 sachets containing substance believed to be shabu from the suspect in consideration of P10,000, police said in the report.
The suspect was rushed to the nearest hospital after he sustained gunshot wounds during the shootout.
In an information released by the Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas, the nine arrested suspects in separate buy-bust operations were identified as Rodolfo Perater, 30, pedicab driver and street-level individual (SLI) of Hindang, Leyte; Bernard Berongoy, 35, security guard, of La Paz, Leyte; Jonybic Dimas, 34, newly identified SLI, of Kananga, Leyte; Ruben Asentista, 34, foreman, of Caibiran, Biliran; Jessie Narca, 38, tricycle driver, high-value individual (HVI), of Pambujan, Northern Samar; Christian Castillo, 27, tricycle driver, SLI, of Catarman, Northern Samar; Arturo Oliva, 46, jobless, SLI, of Alangalang, Leyte; John Mesiah Eleccion Jumao-as, 27, jobless, HVI, of Maasin City, Southern Leyte; and Francis Macabani lll, 43, jobless, of San Policarpo, Eastern Samar.
The police operatives, in coordination with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, confiscated various number of suspected shabu and buy-bust money from the suspects, according to the report.
The suspects will be facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (SunStar Philippines)