Manila Bulletin

Teenager killed in Cavite shootout with cops


CAMP GEN. PANTALEON GARCIA, IMUS, Cavite – A jobless teenager was reported killed on Sunday afternoon when he traded shots with police in an anti-drug operation in Barangay 48-A, Cavite City, the Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported on Monday, October 8.

Jordan Pastrana Bernal Jr., 18, a resident of Barangay 36-M, Cavite City, suffered bullet wounds in the body and was declared dead on arrival at Bautista Hospital in Cavite City.

A police report showed that Bernal, single, had just turned 18 last October 6.

PO1 Jumar Bedural, case investigat­or, reported that the shootout happened after Bernal resisted arrest and fired at Drug Enforcemen­t Unit (DEU) agents in a police operation at 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Recovered from Bernal were a .45 cal. pistol with a magazine loaded with five live bullets and a pouch containing two small sachets with suspected shabu, several plastic sachets, a crumpled aluminum foil, a lighter and P300 cash.

Supt. Francisco Jarcia Luceña III, Cavite City Police officer-in-charge, had dispatched the DEU team, led by Sr. Insp. Gilbert H. Derla to conduct the operation against the drug suspect.

The Cavite PPO-DEU Monitoring Center said that Bernal was the 58th resisting drug suspect killed in encounters with police in the lowland and upland districts of the province. The number of anti-drug operation fatalities covered the period from Jan. 1 to Oct. 7 this year.

Among the drug-watched areas in the province as gleaned from the number of drug arrests and encounters are the districts of Dasmarinas and Bacoor, General Trias City, Cavite City, and the municipali­ties of Tanza and Silang.

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