70 drug suspects killed in Bulacan

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MALOLOS, Bulacan: Fourteen drug suspects were killed in separate operations here since Monday, bringing to 70 the number of people neutralized in the ongoing intensified campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) against illegal drugs and loose firearms.

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Acting Bulacan police provincial director. Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., identified the latest suspects as Paolo Saseluya of Norzagaray and Joswell Leabres of Barangay Lambakin, Marilao, who were killed in a buy-bust on Tuesday.

Other slain suspects were identified as Glen Malalo of Barangay Duhat in Bocaue; Bayani Belteza of Barangay Pungo in Calumpit; Rafael Cruz of Poblacion in Guiguinto; Johnny de Leon of Barangay Santa Ana in Bulakan; Ariel dela Cruz of San Ildefonso; Florentino Santos of Barangay Tuktukan in Guiguinto; alias “Tap” and alias “Ambo” of Barangay Balite in Malolos City; alias “Nono” and alias “Edong” of Barangay Banga in Plaridel; alias “Rico” of Meycauayan City; and an unidentified male suspect.

A total of 70 drug suspects were recorded to have been gunned down by Bulacan police since July 1.

Confiscated from the suspects during the operations were 113 plastic sachets of shabu and 11 undocumented firearms.

Meanwhile, movie actor Julio Diaz on Tuesday appeared before the Meycauayan City Police Station to clear his name on a watch list earlier submitted by the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council.

The acting police chief, Supt. Lailene Amparo, said Diaz, who is Mariano de Leon Regaliza in real life, admitted that he used to be a drug dependent but had stopped before he underwent surgery for brain aneurysm in April 2016.

Amparo pointed out that Diaz, 57, did not surrender but that he just wanted to clarify the supposed mistake that led to inclusion of his name in the watch list.

She said the actor was wondering why his name is always linked with illegal drug use.

FREDERICK SILVERIO

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