A police officer who had gone AWOL (absent without leave) and turned to drug trafficking was gunned down by fellow policemen in a buy-bust operation late Thursday night in Quezon City.
Reports reaching the office of Senior Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, director of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), said PO3 Elito Obligacion, assigned with the Marikina City Police, sustained several gunshot wounds after he engaged operatives of the QCPD Police Station 3 in a gun battle.
Obligacion was the second police officer slain in Quezon City in connection with the
Philippine National Police’s intensified campaign against the drug menace.
On Sunday evening, PO2 Ariel Arnaiz, assigned in Caloocan City, was also killed by Quezon City policemen in a drug operation in Novaliches.
Information from Eleazar’s office showed that while Obligacion was listed as one of the notorious drug dealers in Quezon City, the QCPD’s District Anti-Illegal District-Special Operations Task Group (DAID-SOTG) did not hunt him down.
Eleazar also disclosed that between July 1 and July 15, 3,539 drug pushers and drug users from various barangays had voluntarily surrendered to the city’s 12 police stations.
Meanwhile, a long-time drug dealer in Caloocan City who decided to voluntarily surrender to the police on Friday morning was shot dead while on his way home.
PO1 Russel Pizaro said Marvin Mata’s body was found on the pavement of Ilang-Ilang Street in Barangay 177 or Barangay Camarin. Mata’s family told the media that
they believe that his killing was planned, but the police vehemently denied any involvement in his death.