2 sus­pected car thieves shot dead

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

TWO al­leged mem­bers of a car­nap syn­di­cate were killed when they re­port­edly fought back in a st­ing op­er­a­tion here on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27 at Xavier Heights in Up­per Balu­lang.

Killed were Carmelito Salvi­das alias `Ku­lot’ of Lanao del Norte and Ernesto Bradero of Tagoloan, Misamis Ori­en­tal.

Po­lice said their modus was to steal mo­tor­cy­cle and swap it with il­le­gal drugs.

Tag­gad as re­spon­si­ble for a series of `Mo­tor­nap­ping’ in the city and ad­ja­cent towns, Salvi­das and Bradero ap­par­ently re­sisted ar­rest when cops pounced on them.

Chief In­spec­tor Joepet Pagli­nawan, chief of the Spe­cial Op­er­at­ing Unit-6 of the PNP’s Drug En­force­ment Group (SOU-6, PDEG), said an in­for­mant tipped that the sus­pects were sighted in the area, prompt­ing them to con­duct buy-bust op­er­a­tion.

Pagli­nawan said the sus­pects lobbed a hand grenade and threw it at the op­er­a­tives when they no­ticed that they were trans­act­ing with the po­lice.

The grenade failed to ex­plode while op­er­a­tives al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­tal­i­ated which re­sulted to the killing of the sus­pects.

“Pagka­matikod nila nga po­lice ilang ka-trans­act, gi­labayan nila og granada ang tropa pero wala nib­uto kay wala natarong pag­bunot ang pin. Al­most si­mul­ta­ne­ous dayon ang pagtira sa mga po­lice,” Pagli­nawan said.

Au­thor­i­ties are still ver­i­fy­ing the owner of the house which has be­come a drug den.

Re­cov­ered in the area were a stolen mo­tor­cy­cle owned by cer­tain Mar­jun Saloloy, a frag­men­ta­tion grenade, and two sa­chets of sus­pected metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride or `shabu’ weigh­ing two grams and worth around P2,000.

Pagli­nawan said the sus­pects’ modus is to steal mo­tor­cy­cle, have it swapped with il­le­gal drugs in other ar­eas and sell the items to their cus­tomers.

“Ang ilang modus ani is kawat mo­tor swap dayon og shabu unya ilang ibali­gya dayon ang shabu,” Pagli­nawan said.

“Atong ni­ag­ing gabii nakawat nila ang mo­tor ni Saloloy sa may Zone 11, Car­men unya ila na­pud unta ning ibali­gya para makakuha og shabu pang-bali­gya,” Pagli­nawan added.

Pagli­nawan said Salvi­das was pre­vi­ously con­victed with drug charges and had served his sen­tence at the Davao Pe­nal Colony.

Pagli­nawan said the sus­pects who are con­sid­ered as medium player in the il­le­gal drug trade be­long to a syn­di­cate op­er­at­ing in the cities of Ca­gayan de Oro and Ili­gan and ad­ja­cent mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

“Matawag sila nga medium player kay diha sila gabagsak sa Xavier Heights unya naa pud hide­out nila sa usa mga barangay diri,” Pagli­nawan said.

“Naa pani silay mga kauban kay dako ni sila nga grupo,” Pagli­nawad added.

Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa, spokesper­son of the Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo), said they are sad­dened that the le­git­i­mate po­lice op­er­a­tion led by the SOU-PDEG turned out bloody.

“Dili makarga ni nga record nga death sa Cocpo kay ang nag lead SOU-PDEG man,”Hor­tillosa said.

“Kami sa Cocpo naglikay gyud nga naay ma­matay sa mga op­er­a­tion pero naguol ta sa hitabo ug lisod man pud kung dili moba­los ang mga per­son­nel kay basin sila pa lang madis­grasya,” Hor­tillosa added.

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