DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan: Two reported top drug pushers in the province were killed after they allegedly resisted arrest and engaged authorities in a shootout while another drug pusher was shot dead on Friday in separate buy-busts in Lucao district here.
The Dagupan City Police chief, Supt. Christopher Abrahano, identified the slain suspects as Juanito Llamas of Barangay Banaoang in Calasiao town and Henry Marzan of Dagupan.
Abrahano said Llamas is listed as No. 2 drug pusher in Calasiao town and a member of a gun-for-hire syndicate operating in the central parts of the province, while Marzan is among the Top 10 drug suspects in Dagupan City with several pending drug cases in courts.
Senior Insp. Bernard Antolin, Calasiao Philippine National Police intelligence chief, confirmed Llamas’ involvement in illegal activities.
Abrahano said Llamas and Marzan were about to be arrested after the two handed out a sachet of shabu worth P500 to a poseur buyer when the suspects, upon sensing a buy-bust, drew their firearm and shot at the police.
Recovered from the suspects were two caliber .38 revolvers, a cellphone, P500 marked money and two sealed plastic sachets containing shabu.
Another suspect, Jerome Yao of Bonoan Guesset, Dagupan, was shot dead by two unidentified men riding a motorcycle while he was buying cigarettes from a store also on Friday.
Yao was a top drug pusher in Dagupan, police said.
Abrahano said Yao is also affiliated with a Manila-based drug syndicate, citing an intelligence report relayed by the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) Police Office.
The suspect had been invited by the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council to surrender but declined, according to his family.