• More killed in anti-drug drive

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    NINE people were killed and more than 6,000 drug pushers and users surrendered across the Bicol Region during the last 10 days in the anti-drug campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

    PNP Bicol spokesperson Maria Luisa Calubaquib told The Manila Times that Camarines Sur has the highest number of surrendered drug suspects, with 1,941, and Albay had 1,679.

    The island province of Catanduanes, however, has the least number of surrenderers among the six provinces of Bicol with 185; Masbate with 532; Camarines Norte with 892; and Sorsogon with 1,009.

    PNP Bicol implemented “Double Barrel,” an offshoot of “Oplan Tokhang.”

    Meanwhile, in Bataan, a suspected drug dealer died after he allegedly engaged operatives in a shootout, while two others were arrested in a buy-bust operation in an upland village in Balanga City on Sunday.

    Balanga City police chief, Supt. Joel Tampis, said Louie Santos of Orani town fired but missed the poseur-buyer he was transacting with methamphetamine hydrochloride ( shabu).

    Arrested in the same operation were Jane Manguera, also of Orani and Oliver Baluyot, owner of the house in Upper Tuyo, where the shootout took place at about 12:45 a.m. on Sunday, Tampis said.

    Recovered from the scene was a .357 Magnum with 5 live ammunitions; 16 heat-sealed plastic sachets containing shabu; marked money and other drug paraphernalia.

    Last Thursday, a day before over 600 drug dependents were presented to PNP Director General Ronald de la Rosa who inaugurated another drug rehabilitation center in Bataan, two alleged drug dealers who allegedly shot it out with police were killed in Dinalupihan town.

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