Manila Times - - Regions - RHEA RUTH ROSELL

A MAN wanted for pos­ses­sion of il­le­gal drugs and il­le­gal firearms was killed while his co­hort was wounded in an al­leged gun­fight with po­lice serv­ing an ar­rest war­rant in Si­tio Canap­na­pan, Barangay Campo 8 in Toledo City, Cebu on Fri­day. The fa­tal­ity was iden­ti­fied as Re­me­gio Ate­lio, 53, of Barangay Campo 4, Tal­isay City. His co­hort, Teodolo Ins­eso, 36, was brought to the Vi­cente Sotto Me­mo­rial Med­i­cal Cen­ter ( VSMMC) in Cebu City for treat­ment. Their other com­pan­ion, Jerome Labitad, es­caped. Se­nior Insp. Ale­jan­dro Ba­to­balonos, chief of the Cebu Provin­cial Po­lice Of­fice In­tel­li­gence Branch, said Ate­lio opened fire at the op­er­a­tives ap­proach­ing his house on a moun­tain area at about 5:30 a.m., trig­ger­ing a gun­fight. Ate­lio died on the spot from gun­shot wounds in the head and body, while Ins­eso sus­tained a gun­shot wound on his side. Labitad, who is wanted for in­volve­ment in the il­le­gal-drugs trade, jumped off the win­dow of Ate­lio’s house and es­caped. Po­lice re­cov­ered an M16 ri­fle with four mag­a­zines and live bul­lets; two .45 cal­iber firearms; a KG9 with mag­a­zine; live bul­lets of a .45 and .9mm cal­iber; and five medium packs and 25 small sa­chets of shabu.

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