• Ex-policeman, 2 others in drug trade shot dead

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    A dismissed police officer in Bataan, allegedly engaged in illegal drug and gunrunning activities, and two other suspected drug suspects in Batangas and Oriental Mindoro were shot dead after resisting arrest and engaging lawmen in a shootout on Wednesday.

    The Mariveles Municipal Police chief, Supt. Crizaldy Conde, identified the fatality as former Police 0fficer 3 Alpasel Hamsa of Barangay Camaya in Bataan.

    Hamsa became the 15th victim in drug-related clashes with the police in Bataan this month.

    Conde said Hamsa, upon seeing approaching policemen, went for his caliber .45 gun and fired at the lawmen, triggering the shootout that led to his death.

    Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered from the crime scene the victim’s gun with live ammunition, empty shells and three sachets of shabu.

    In separate anti-illegal drug operations in Batangas City (Batangas), and Occidental Mindoro, two suspected drug pushers who reportedly also resisted arrest were killed.

    Batangas police were serving a search warrant against Eduard Arago in Villa Anita, Barangay Santa Clara, Batangas City but the suspect allegedly resisted and traded shots with the lawmen.

    Arago did not reach Batangas Medical Center alive.Recovered from him were a caliber .45 pistol and two sachets of shabu.

    In Oriental Mindoro, suspect Francisco Morato was also killed in a shootout with Pinamalayan police in Sitio Morente, Barangay Ville Cacawan.

    The Pinamalayan police chief, Supt. Rommel Briones, said a caliber .38 revolver and two sachets of shabu were recovered from Morato.

    ERNIE B. ESCONDE AND ROSELLE AQUINO

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