2 ‘pushers’ fall in Man­daue

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Two sus­pected drug pushers were killed in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Man­daue City.

Past 7 p.m. last Thurs­day, Dec. 6, Ed­uardo Ba­clo­han, 32, died in an al­leged shootout with anti-nar­cotics op­er­a­tives in a drug bust in Sitio Vil­la­manga, Barangay Uma­pad. He was a for­mer mem­ber of the Traf­fic En­force­ment Agency of Man­daue (Team).

Chief Insp. Mercy Vil­laro, the Man­daue City Po­lice Of­fice spokesper­son, said the Opao Po­lice Sta­tion con­ducted the opera-

tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing re­ports about the sus­pect’s al­leged in­volve­ment in sell­ing shabu.

Team dis­missed Ba­clo­han early this year af­ter he went ab­sent without of­fi­cial leave. He re­port­edly stopped work­ing af­ter he re­fused to un­dergo a drug test.

Dur­ing the drug bust, Ba­clo­han ran af­ter re­al­iz­ing he was deal­ing with the po­lice. He al­legedly pulled out a gun and aimed at the poseur buyer.

The of­fi­cer’s fel­low oper­a­tive shot and killed Ba­clo­han. Seized from him were 11 packs of “shabu.”

In Barangay Tabok, for­mer drug sur­ren­derer Le­muel Guardiana, 28, was shot sev­eral times in­side his house by two masked men around 4 a.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 7.

The vic­tim had just ar­rived from a bingo game when the at­tack took place.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that Guardiana may have been killed by a drug group for fre­quently fail­ing to re­mit pro­ceeds from his drug sale. /

SUNSTAR FOTO / ALAN TANGCAWAN

DAWN VI­O­LENCE. The body of drug sur­ren­derer Le­muel Guardiana is car­ried out of his house in Barangay Tabok af­ter he was shot sev­eral times by uniden­ti­fied men around 4 a.m. on Fri­day, Dec. 7.

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