3 killed in Caloocan, Pasay drug busts

Manila Bulletin - - News -

At least three peo­ple were killed in po­lice op­er­a­tions against drug deal­ers in Caloocan and Pasay cities Thurs­day night and early Fri­day morn­ing.

In Tala, Caloocan, po­lice shot and killed two al­leged no­to­ri­ous drug ped­dlers and ar­rested six other drug per­son­al­i­ties dur­ing a drug bust at 8:20 p.m. Thurs­day .

The fa­tal­i­ties were iden­ti­fied as Michael Bang-as and Car­l­ito Grande. Ar­rested were Felipe Pa­nis Urbano, Sammy Balag­tas, Den­nis “Ba­long” Zu­lueta, Edi­son Ebale, Rodolfo Me­d­ina, and John Clif­ford Tek­wiko.

A team from the North­ern Po­lice District (NPD) went to the house on Sam­pa­guita Street in Bar­rio Con­cep­tion, Tala, be­lieved to be used as a drug den.

Supt. Ali Duterte, NPD Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Unit head, said an un­der­cover of­fi­cer pre­tended to buy drugs from Bang-as and Grande.

When the rest of the team an­nounced the bust, the two re­sisted ar­rested and traded shots with the po­lice­men.

Bang-as and Grande were killed in the ex­change of fire, Duterte said.

Bang-as and Grande were said to have rented the house from Urbano and turned it into a drug den.

In a sim­i­lar bust in Pasay about seven hours later, an ex-con­vict, Jayson Reuyan, was shot dead by po­lice­men near a creek along BAC 1 Don Car­los Vil­lage.

Sr. Supt. Lawrence Coop, Pasay po­lice chief, said the South­ern Po­lice District-Anti Il­le­gal Drugs Group had iden­ti­fied Reuyan as a drug dealer.

An uniden­ti­fied com­pan­ion of Reuyan’s es­caped on a mo­tor­cy­cle. (Jel San­tos and Jean Fer­nando)

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