An­other ‘narco-cop’ killed in drug bust

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Nation -

AN­OTHER po­lice of­fi­cial in the il­le­gal drugs watch­list of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte was killed on Mon­day evening, No­vem­ber 5, when he al­legedly fought it out with his fel­low of­fi­cers dur­ing a drug bust in Dipolog City, Zam­boanga del Norte.

The slain of­fi­cer was iden­ti­fied as Su­per­in­ten­dent San­ti­ago Ylanan Rapiz, who was the lo­gis­tics of­fi­cer of the Zam­boanga del Norte Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice.

His death brought to nine the num­ber of erring po­lice of­fi­cers killed amid the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice’s in­ten­si­fied cam­paign against scalawags, par­tic­u­larly those in­volved in il­le­gal drugs trans­ac­tions. He was the third of­fi­cer killed in Zam­boanga City.

Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Romeo Cara­mat Jr., Counter-In­tel­li­gence Task Force (CITF) com­man­der, said the drug bust was con­ducted by the CITF per­son­nel in co­or­di­na­tion with the lo­cal po­lice and Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) in front of An­dres Boni­fa­cio Col­lege Gym­na­sium in Dipolog City at 7:40 p.m. Mon­day.

Cara­mat said Rapiz sold il­le­gal drugs to a poseur buyer. The op­er­a­tion turned into an armed en­counter when Rapiz sensed that he was deal­ing with an­other po­lice of­fi­cer,

Re­cov­ered from Rapiz was at least 125 grams of sus­pected metham­phetamine hy­drochlo­ride (shabu) amount­ing to over half a mil­lion pe­sos.

Cara­mat said Rapiz was formerly as­signed in Western Visayas but was trans­ferred to Zam­boanga City due to his al­leged in­volve­ment in il­le­gal drugs.

Rapiz was on the drugs watch­list of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte. He was also al­legedly the pro­tec­tor of Iloilo busi­ness­man Melvin Odicta, an al­leged drug lord.

“Based on our in­for­ma­tion, he was one of the drugs pro­tec­tor of Odicta drug syn­di­cate when he was as­signed in Re­gion 6 and al­legedly he was re­ceiv­ing P700,000 weekly in Re­gion 6 from

dif­fer­ent drug per­son­al­i­ties in Re­gion 6,” said Cara­mat.

“His name came out as drug pro­tec­tor when sev­eral high value tar­gets (HVT) were ar­rested by PDEA. Dur­ing po­lice in­ter­ro­ga­tion, his name came out as drug pro­tec­tor of these ar­rested HVTs that is why he was in­cluded in the PRRD list,” he added.

Cara­mat said Rapiz owned sev­eral houses and ve­hi­cles in Ba­colod City, his home­town.

Other po­lice of­fi­cers killed in anti-nar­cotics op­er­a­tions were Se­nior In­spec­tor Ray­mond Hortezuela, who was killed in a CITF op­er­a­tion in Man­daue City, Cebu; Po­lice Of­fi­cer (PO) 2 Gemmo Me­ne­ses, who was killed by po­lice op­er­a­tives in Morong, Rizal; PO3 Marco Hashim Ale­gre, who was killed in a drug bust in Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro; and PO2 Ian Rey Abitona, who was killed in In­fanta, Que­zon.

Po­lice Of­fi­cer (PO) 3 Ron­ald Bernardo and PO2 Maria Oliver Olaso were killed dur­ing a buy-bust op­er­a­tion in Barangay Ayala in Zam­boanga City.

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