FOUR Chinese nationals were killed in a drug sting that resulted in the recovery of 38 kilos of shabu worth P262,200,000 at Punta Verde Subdivision, Barangay Pulong Cacutud around 10 a.m. of October 18.
The slain suspects were identified as Erbo Ke (34 years old), Huang Guidong (43), and Wuyuan Shen (41), all from Fujian China; and Cai Ya Bing, 29, from Yuncheng City, Shanxi, China.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Guillermo Eleazar said authorities secured a drug deal from the group that resulted in the conduct of the anti-drug operation and armed encounter.
The suspects allegedly traded shots with the law enforcers who entrapped them.
“The four Chinese suspects apparently got wind that they were the subject of a buy-bust operation and engaged law enforcement agents in a shootout just as they were about to be arrested. The shootout resulted in the death of the suspects,” said Eleazar.
The operation yielded more or less 38 kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P262,200,000, four units caliber .45, two iPhone cellphones, one weighing scale with charger and the marked money used by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives.
Eleazar said the suspects had links with Basher Bangon, the leader of the Basher Drug Group who was killed along with his alleged cohort in a shootout with PDEA agents on September 9 in Bacoor, Cavite.
Recovered from Bangon in that operation was P1.25 billion worth of shabu.
“The suspects were known distributors of illegal drugs in the National Capital Region and Region 4-A (Calabarzon),” said Eleazar.
He said the operation was conducted jointly by the PNP, PDEA, Armed Forces of the Philippines, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, and the Bureau of Customs around 10 a.m. Monday on Gadiola Street Punta Verde Subdivision, Pulung Cacutod, Angeles City. (With Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)