MANILA – Two men were killed and 31 kg. of suspected shabu with an estimated street value of PHP210 million were confiscated in a police sting in Las Piñas City on Tuesday night.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, on Wednesday identified the slain suspects as Jen Jieko Amarga, alias Koy-koy and Coco Amarga, and Andrew Garcia.
Citing a report from the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG), Sinas said the two were known distributors of illegal drugs in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon and were connected to drug syndicates operating in the country.
“Their source of illegal drugs came from a certain Chinese national from the country of Myanmar and being discreetly transported to a warehouse somewhere in Pampanga,” he said.
The operation, conducted by police officers and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), started at about 10 p.m. along Sherack St. in Barangay Almanza Uno after a poseur buyer was able to convince the suspects to sell a kilogram of shabu worth PHP6.8 million.
Sinas said after the exchange of the shabu and the buy-bust money, the policemen declared that the suspects were being arrested.
“Nakipagbarilan sila, so namatay yung dalawang suspects (They shot it out with our personnel so they got killed),” he said.
The PDEG is conducting follow-up operations to find the suspects’ cohorts.
“Based on our report and discussions with the PDEG, these are most likely new players who need money. That’s the reason why they continue to distribute illegal drugs,” Sinas said. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan / PNA – northboundasia.com