AT LEAST nine more suspected illegal drug dealers were killed in the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Negros Oriental and Surigao over the weekend, as the Philippine National Police continue its operation against the drug menace in the country.
On Sunday, seven illegal drug personalities, including one listed at the top of the watch list, were killed while firearms and volumes of illegal drugs were seized in separate operations in at least five towns in Bulacan.
Bulacan Police acting Provincial Director, Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., identified the slain suspects as Bobby Lanoto, of Barangay Banga in Meycauayan City; Randy Rusiana of Mapulang Lupa, Valenzuela City; Eric Tolentino, Ronnie Medina, Koji Harada, all of Barangay Pagasa in Obando; Alfred Allan Abella of Barangay Pulong Sampalok, reportedly on top of the Dona Remedios Trinidad (DRT) Drug Watch List; and one unidentified male suspect.
Recovered from the slain suspects were five .38-caliber revolver and several plastic sachets containing suspected shabu .
In Nueva Ecija, an alleged drug pusher – Virgilio Quiros, alias “Bernie” –died after he reportedly shoot it out with a team of policemen during a buy operation in Christian Ville Subdivision, Barangay Abar 1st, San Jose City, while masked gunmen killed Gilbert dela Rosa, in front of his shocked father and brother in Cabanatuan City, earlier.
De la Rosa of Laur town was just released on bail when shot in broad daylight at the corner of Maharlika Highway and Circumferential Road, about 600 meters from the Cabanatuan City police station.
This brought the number of killed drug suspects in Nueva Ecija to 13 since May this year.
Police also identified other drug personalities slain in earlier operations as Eric Macaso in San Isidro; Lorenzo de la Paz in Jaen; Joanna Mangilt in San Leonardo; Raffy Francisco in Santo Domingo; and Jude Elvis Esteban in Barangay MS Garcia, Cabanatuan City.
Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office chief, Senior Supt. Manuel Cornel also reported that 69 illegal drug users and dealers have surrendered for fear of being victims of summary execution or of being killed in an encounter.
Meanwhile, two drug peddlers were killed in separate incidents in Canlaon City and Surigao City, also on Sunday.
Senior Supt. Harris Fama, Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO) director, said that Ronald Sarmiento was found dead along the national highway in Barangay Mabigo in Canlaon City.
Fama said Sarmiento’s body was found as reported by a concerned citizen. A plastic sachet containing shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and disposable lighters were found in his pants’ pocket.
Similarly, Caraga Police Spokesman, Supt. Michael Lozada, said that Gilbert Bisagas alias ‘Loloy Mati’was killed during an anti-drug operation at Seafarers Beach Resort in Barangay Lipata, Surigao City.
Lozada said Bisagas was listed no. 18 in Surigao City’s Drug Watch list.
Recover from Bisagas were one .38-caliber revolver and 13 sachets of suspected shabu valued at P 22,519.