11 suspects slain in drug stings

General News

MANILA, Philippines – Eleven suspected drug pushers, including a barangay official, were killed in anti-drug operations across the country in the past two days.

Village councilman Elizar Ubias allegedly drew his gun when he sensed he had sold shabu to undercover agents in Barangay Curva, Pamplona, Cagayan yesterday. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Far North Hospital in Luna, Apayao.

Ubias is on the list of “high-value” drug pushers in the town, police said.

Omar Samsudin and Pintatukan shot it out with anti-narcotics agents in Matalam, North Cotabato on Tuesday, said Chief Inspector Sonny Leoncito, town police chief. Matalam said the suspects were known big-time drug traffickers in the province.

In Bulacan, Remi Passi, Roberto Mateo Jr., Michael Ricafrente, Jubille Recafrente, Nelfa David, Jhunel David, an alias Joel and an unidentified man allegedly engaged policemen in shootouts in Barangay Minuyan, San Jose del Monte; Bayugo, Meycauayan; Plaridel and Marilao on Tuesday.

Police said the fatalities yielded guns, sachets of shabu and marked money.

Meanwhile, motorcycle-riding men shot dead a man and his four-year-old son and four other persons in separate incidents in Luzon on Tuesday.

Leody Semana Sr., 42, was carrying his son Lor Jean in front of their house in Barangay Sta. Clara, Sta. Ana, Cagayan when they were fired at.

Chief Inspector Saturnino Soriano, Sta. Ana police chief, said Semana is not on their drugs watchlist, but was tagged in the killing of a certain Jeremy Agraan in Barangay Sta. Clara.

In Pangasinan, Danilo Cariaga, 68, a retired American serviceman, was in a Toyota Fortuner when he was shot in Barangay San Vicente, Urdaneta City. His driver was unhurt.

Piladelfo Joaquin, 64, was driving a motorcycle on his way to a farm when he was fired at in Barangay Macarang, Mangatarem.

Ruel Edrick Colico of the Civilian Armed Auxiliary and Elmer Buenvenidad Jr. were shot in Barangay Cawacagan, Bato, Camarines Sur and San Ramon, Uson, Masbate, respectively.

Investigations into the shootings are underway. – Ric Sapnu, Ramon Efren Lazaro, Raymund Catindig, Eva Visperas, Francis Elevado, John Unson