ABUCAY, Bataan – Police killed five suspected drug pushers in an alleged shootout during buy-bust operations in three towns of Bataan on Wednesday dawn.
Police Senior Supt. Benjamin Silo, Jr., Bataan police director, said one drug trader died in Orani town, two in Mariveles and another two in Abucay.
Police operatives conducted buy-bust operations at 12:15 a.m. in Orani, 3:00 a.m. in Mariveles and 3:30 a.m. in Abucay.
Silo, a lawyer, said the police conducted legitimate buy-bust operations.
“But, they (suspects) fought and our operatives have no choice but to retaliate,” he said.
Killed were Erwin Tallada in Orani, Pablo Mejia and a still unidentified man in Mariveles and two men believed from Olongapo City in Abucay.
Arrested were one suspected drug pusher in Orani and two others in Abucay; all companions of slain suspects.
Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered five handguns of caliber .45, 9mm and magnum 357, various live ammunition, spent shells and still undetermined number of sachet of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride).
The five new deaths brought to 13 the number of suspected drug traders killed in action by Bataan police this July, Silo added. PNA/ northboundasia.com