LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 3 (PNA) -- Two drug suspects were killed in separate buy bust operations in the towns of Pili and Buhi, both in Camarines Sur said reports reaching the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) Saturday.
Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of PRO5 based in Camp Simeon Ola here, said the buy bust in Purok 4, Barangay Cadlan, Pili at 8:30 p.m. resulted in the killing of Beda Magistrado.
Calubaquib said a drug suspect, who was arrested late afternoon that day, had squealed on Magistrado as his supplier of drugs and led to the operation against Magistrado.
She said during the buy bust against Magistrado, the latter, who had sensed the poseur buyer to be a policeman, drew his .38-caliber, prompting the joint team of operatives to shoot him.
The buy bust was jointly undertaken by the Pili Provincial Police Office and the Regional Anti-Illegal Drug Task Force.
Police tagged Magistrado as number 2 in the municipal drug watchlist.
Recovered from him were the .38-cal., two plastic sachets of shabu (metamphetamine hydrochloride) and drug paraphernalia.
Calubaquib said before Magistrado was killed, the operatives had arrested Alex Advincula of Barangay San Jose, Pili, at 5:30 p.m.
Advincula, who was tagged as number four in the municipal drug watchlist, tipped off police about Magistrado’s illegal drug activities.
In Buhi town, Calubaquib identified the drug suspect killed as Jesus Geronal, 50.
He was slain in the buy bust in Barangay Sta. Justina, Buhi when he drew his firearm tucked in his waist after noticing he was dealing with a police officer, prompting the operatives to shoot him. Police recovered a .38-caliber from him, a plastic sachet of shabu and the Php 500 marked money used in the buy bust.
PRO5 records showed the killing of the two drug suspects has brought to 37 the number of those slain since the anti-illegal drug campaign started in July 1.
Chief Supt. Ramon Melvin Buenafe, Bicol police chief, earlier said 34 chiefs of police in the region were relieved from duties on Aug. 23 due to “poor performance” in the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign.
He said 30 percent of the 114 police chiefs assigned in the 108 towns and six cities in Bicol were affected by the relief of the police officials.
Buenafe, in an interview on Aug. 24, said that from July 1 to Aug. 23, a total of 2,331 drug pushers and 39,619 had voluntarily surrendered.
During the same period, 333 were arrested, 53 firearms seized and 1,140 shabu sachets seized with a street value of Php 306,087. (PNA) RMA/GVR/JH/cbd/rsm