40th drug suspect gunned down

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A suspect, tagged as most wanted for illegal drugs in his area, was killed in a shootout with a team of policemen that was out to arrest him on Monday in a remote village in Mabinay town in Negros Oriental.

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Senior Supt. Harris Fama, Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO) director, identified the slain suspect as Elbin Depra, who could be the 40th drug suspect killed since the Philippine National Police (PNP) intensified its operation against illegal drugs following the May 9 elections.

Fama, in a report, said that Depra was killed in an encounter with combined personnel of the 2nd Company of the Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB)-18 and the Mabinay Municipal Police Station (MPS) at about 2:15 p.m. in Barangay Bulibulihan in Mabinay town.

The police team, led by Senior Insp. Rogelio Pacificar Jr., Mabinay chief of police, was to serve a warrant of arrest (WOA) against Depra in connection with the case for violation of R.A. 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002) he is facing.

However, when the team arrived at the suspect’s residence, they were met with resistance, and Depra allegedly fired at the authorities in his attempt to escape, resulting in a running gun battle.

Depra was gunned down by pursuing policemen after they cornered him in a nearby corn field.

Authorities recovered suspected illegal drugs and paraphernalia from the suspect’s residence.

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