A SUSPECTED drug pusher was killed after he allegedly attempted to engage in a shootout with police in Barangay Bagasawe, Tuburan town, Cebu last Monday night.
Chief Insp. Rolan Aliser, the town police head, identified the suspect as Ulysis Baja, who succumbed to a gunshot wound in the body.
Baja, who is in his 30s, earlier presented himself to the local police in support of the Oplan Tokhang, an anti-drug campaign, and had promised not to return to illegal drug trade.
The Tuburan police, however, received information that Baja went back to selling shabu, prompting the police to hatch a buy-bust against him.
During the operation at 10:21 p.m., Baja reportedly noticed that he was transacting with a cop, who pretended to be a junkie.
Baja allegedly pulled out his .38 revolver and tried to shoot at the operatives. The gun, however, malfunctioned giving the police the opportunity to retaliate and shoot Baja.
Aliser’s team rushed Baja to the Tuburan District Hospital, but the attending doctor declared him dead on arrival.
Police allegedly recovered the revolver, three bullets and seven sachets of suspected shabu from the suspect’s possession.
The police officer thanked the Alsa Droga, a community-based anti-illegal drugs group organized by the Police Regional Office 7 for their help that led to Baja’s arrest.
At 12 p.m. yesterday, Edward Cassel, 43, was shot in the head at close range by an unidentified assailant in Sitio Kawayan, Barangay Camputhaw, Cebu City.
Police are looking into the possibility that the incident may be related to drugs.
In Barangay Basdiot, Moalboal, suspected drug pusher Louie Gador, 24, was caught in a buy-bust at 4:30 p.m. last Monday.
The town police chief, Senior Insp. Narciso Abapo, said Gador had surrendered and promised not to return to selling shabu, but their monitoring showed that the suspect continued with the illegal drug trade.
Police seized 38 packs of shabu worth P10,000 from the suspect.
At 5:40 a.m. yesterday, alleged drug pushers Rodrigo Ababa and his son Edward Ababa were arrested in Barangay Tuyan, Naga City.
Some of the evidence seized were 0.65 grams of suspected shabu worth P7,925, two .38 revolvers, two .22 pistol, an improvised shotgun, bullets, bladed weapon and drug paraphernalia.
The suspects will face complaints for violating Republic Act (RA) 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and illegal possession of firearms.