HERMOSA, Bataan: Three suspected drug pushers died Wednesday night in an alleged shootout with police during buy-bust operations in the towns of Dinalupihan and Hermosa.
Bataan police director, Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo Jr., said brothers Arnel and Rolando Cayanan of Barangay Pagalanggang in Dinalupihan, and another suspect, known only as “Aba” of Barangay Tipo in Hermosa were killed when they allegedly fought with authorities.
Reports said the Cayanan brothers fired at the policeman-poseur buyer hitting him in the thigh after sensing they were transacting with a police officer.
Aba reportedly engaged lawmen in a shootout when he found out he was selling two sachets of shabu to a police officer in Barangay Culis, Hermosa.
Scene of the crime operatives recovered a caliber .38 revolver, magnum .357 revolver, a hand grenade, live bullets and spent shells, 20 sachet of shabu and marked money from the Cayanan brothers.
Also found from a suspect in Hermosa were a caliber .38 revolver, some live ammunition and spent shells, two sachets of shabu and marked money.
Bataan police have recorded six deaths of suspected drug traders in buy-bust operations this month.
Meanwhile, Silo has warned police officers who are absent without leave (AWOL) and top drug suspects in the province to surrender or face the full force of the law.
He said there are some policemen included in the list of 100 police officers in Region 3 allegedly involved in illegal drugs.
He added that police officers on AWOL are treated as ordinary civilians if they violate any provision of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (RA 9165).