LEGAZPI CITY, Sept.12 (PNA)--Anti-narcotics lawmen gunned down an illegal drug peddler in Barangay Rawis in this city Saturday evening, a report reaching the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO5) said Monday.
Sr. Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of PRO5, said the slain illegal drug pusher, identified as Jeffrey Dayto alias "Pating/Jepoy," had resisted arrest and engaged in a gun duel with the police operatives during a buy bust operation in Purok 3(sub village), Barangay Rawis at 8:15 p.m.
Barangay Rawis is the regional business center where the Bicol offices of national government agencies are located.
She said Dayto, who was deemed a “high-value target” as he was in the watchlist of the law enforcers, was armed with a .38-caliber handgun when confronted by the raiding police team.
“Dayto engaged the raiding team in a gun duel, prompting the police to shoot him,” said Calubaquib.
On Sept. 3, PRO5 reported that two drug suspects were killed in separate buy bust operations in the towns of Pili and Buhi, Camarines Sur, which brought to 37 the number of killed since Bicol’s drug war started in July.
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 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 sachets of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) with a street value of Php 306,087 confiscated. (PNA) RMA/GVR/MSA/CBD