ALLEGED vigilantes struck in Nueva Ecija, killing a 36-year-old suspected top drug dealer in Talavera town on Tuesday.
This raised the number of killed drug suspects in the province to 14, as rumors spread that the bounty had been increased from P10,000 to P15,000 per head depending on their status in the narcotics network.
The slain Mirasol Lavapie Ramos was allegedly the number one drug dealer in the town.
Talavera police chief Supt. Leandro Novilla said the victim’s husband Jelvin was already detained at the Nueva Ecija provincial jail in Caalibangbangan in Cabanatuan City, also for drug pushing.
Investigations said Ramos was talking to a street food vendor when the alleged vigilantes on board in a blue van shot her.
The first shot failed to hit Ramos, who was able to run and take cover in a house, but she was pursued by the assailants, who fired more shots.
Meanwhile, police also reported that 400 confessed drug users in Gapan City and Santa Rosa town have surrendered since July 1.
In Gapan, Mayor Emerson Pascual told 200 drug peddlers and ushers who voluntarily surrendered that he wants none of his constituents be killed in the anti-illegal drugs operation, as he aims to attain “zero-drug” incidence in the city.
In Santa Rosa, Police Chief, Insp. Jeffrey Alivia, confirmed that at least 200 drug suspects turned themselves in for fear of being killed by the vigilantes.