SANTA ROSA CITY — Five people suspected of pushing illegal drugs or selling unlicensed firearms were killed in separate shootouts with law enforcers in Laguna over the weekend, police said.
On the first day of the month, two crime suspects died in the adjacent cities of Cabuyao and Calamba, reports from the Laguna Provincial Police showed. They were a man identified only in the police report as alias James, who was killed in an entrapment operation around 1:30 am on March 1 in Barangay Sala, Cabuyao City.
Police said James was allegedly a member of the Banzon crime group and the “right hand” of alleged top drug dealer Joel Buarao of Los Baños town. During the operation, James reportedly sold guns worth around Php13,000 but suddenly fired shots when he realized he was dealing with cops.
In Calamba City, police killed in a shootout a suspected thief in Barangay Pansol. Official police reports have yet to identify him. According to the police, a female victim earlier sought police help after the man robbed her at gunpoint and took her bag as she was waiting for a ride. Responding policemen later spotted the man, who allegedly resisted arrest by shooting at them.
In Biñan City, suspected drug pusher Ferdinand Reflan was killed in a buy bust operation at 3:38 am on March 2. Police said Reflan was included in their watch list for “street level” drug pushers, particularly in the city’s Barangay Malaban. Police found a .38 caliber gun and 20 sachets of suspected shabu worth Php44,200.
Another suspected drug pusher, Noel Bola, was killed in a shootout in this city around 2:30 am on March 3. Bola allegedly sold an undercover policeman Php500 worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Labas, but fought back just as the police were about to arrest him.
In Alaminos town, police killed Jay-ar Siervo, 35, a resident of Barangay San Miguel, around 9:30 pm, Mar. 3. Laguna police chief Sr. Supt. Eleazar Matta said Siervo was involved in illegal gun running with links to the Alvero-Amante and the Manambit Drug groups.
Members of the intelligence police served a search warrant but Siervo reportedly drew a gun tucked in his waist and fired. He was killed when the police returned fire. (Laguna Now)