• Drug-pushing village chief, nephew killed

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    SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The chairman of Barangay Ilocanos Norte here, who recently surrendered for drug pushing, was gunned down along with his nephew by unidentified assailants who stormed his house late on Sunday night.

    His common-law-wife, Renalyn Munar, 34, was wounded and is in critical condition at the hospital.

    The newly installed city police chief, Supt. Bryant Demot, identified the victims as incumbent village chairman Audy Flores, 52, and his nephew, Medelito Flores, 35.

    Flores was the top drug suspect in San Fernando and listed No. 2 in the entire province. His partner, Munar was No. 8 on the city’s Top 10 list and was arrested during a raid in October 2014 but posted bail.

    Medelito joined his uncle, who surrendered before the July 30 deadline for drug suspects under “Oplan Tokhang.”

    Scene of the Crime Operatives recovere a slug of caliber .45 pistol and two empty shells.

    Police investigators said they are facing a blank wall on the motive and identity of the killers since no one has been willing to testify.

    Flores’ neighbor, village councilman Marvin Rivera, told police that a commotion at the victims’ house had been noticed before gunshots were heard and followed by shouts for help by Munar’s mother at about 9 p.m.

    When he and some village watchmen responded, they saw the bloodied Medelito at the kitchen while Flores and Munar were found in their bedroom.

    Munar was brought to La Union Medical Diagnostic Center while Flores and Medelito died later.

    Demont said while Flores and Munar surrendered last week, their monitoring showed that the victims allegedly continued their drug trade.

    He added that the victims might have been killed to silence them.

    Barangay Ilocanos Norte has been known as lair of shabu trade for the past two decades.

    Despite series of intensive police operations, drugs continue to proliferate in the village, prompting authorities to tag the village as drug-notorious.

    In November 2014, barangay secretary Angelica Dulay was arrested for drug-pushing and the illicit trade continued until Flores’ incumbency.

    Another drug pusher was killed in Luna town also on Sunday.

    Aris Acosta, 32, No.1 on the list of illegal drug suspects in the municipality, was shot dead by unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle.

    Police said Acosta recently surrendered but sources said he continued with his illegal drug trade.

    In Sudipen town, Jojo Bugasao of Barangay Up-Uplas was arrested with several sachets of shabu during an operation on Monday, while more than 200 drug users from Bangar town underwent surprise drug testing at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center.

    Bangar Mayor George Pinzon said he gave the drug users one month, since their surrender on July 1, to prove that they have abandoned the use of illegal drugs.

    “I want them to be sincere in the rehabilitation because I want to help them live a normal life. We will continue monitoring their conditions. That’s why I recommend this random drug test to see if they really want to change,” Pizon added.

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