2 drug couriers slain in shootout; another nabbed in buy-bust in Cotabato

Peace and Order • Wed Aug 30, 2017 09:13 AM  •  131   0
By Malu C. Manar
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Some of the drugs and explosive recovered during anti-drug operations in this file photo.
Some of the drugs and explosive recovered during anti-drug operations in this file photo.
KIDAPAWAN CITY  – Two suspected drug couriers were killed after they engaged in a shootout with police operatives in Pikit, North Cotabato, around 2 p.m., Tuesday. 

Chief Inspector Romy Castanares, newly-appointed chief of the Pikit municipal police station, identified the slain drug personalities as Edzrapel Dima and Bashir Maniling, both residents of Pagalungan, Maguindanao. 

Castanares said they received tips from some residents of Barangay Batulawan about the presence of Dima and Maniling, whom they tagged as involved in selling illegal drugs.  

Based on records, the suspects were included in the police’s drug watch list.
 Informants told cops the suspects were onboard a passenger tricycle with body number 5-909 and were on their way to Aleosan. 

After learning this, Castanares dispatched immediately a team to run after the suspects. While on their way to Barangay Batulawan in Pikit, the cops engaged the suspects in a running gun battle.   

Despite being ordered to surrender, the suspects, according to Castanares, continued to shoot his men.
 

Minutes after the shootout, Dima and Maniling were dead on the cemented highway, oozing with blood. 

The victims were rushed to the Cruzado Medical Clinic at the Poblacion but were declared dead upon arrival, said Castanares. 

Police recovered from the suspects an mini Uzi caliber 9mm machine pistol and several drug paraphernalia. 

Castanares said the operating teams included his team from the Pikit PNP, operatives of the Regional Public Safety Battalion in Region 12, and 2nd Mechanized Company.
 

As this developed, police in Tulunan town nabbed a 27-year old farmer in a buy-bust raid, Tuesday night. 

Police identified the suspect as Jonel Ambid, resident of Barangay Maybula, Tulunan. 

Based on police records, Ambid has voluntarily submitted himself to Tulunan police and admitted having engaged in drug trafficking but promised to reform. 

However, police investigators said Ambid has returned to his old ways and continued selling drugs despite having undergone ‘Tokhang’ twice after his supposed surrender in 2016. 

Recovered from Ambid during the buy-bust raid on Tuesday were sachets of shabu and other drug paraphernalia.    
 

Charges of violation of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 are being prepared against Ambid, investigators said. 
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