Village chief killed during anti-drug operation in Batangas

CAMP GENERAL MALVAR, Batangas — A 37-year-old village chief of Poblacion 1, Laurel town was killed in a buy-bust operation that ended in a shootout Tuesday evening at San Gabriel Village in Laurel, Batangas.

Batangas Acting Police Director Senior Superintendent Randy Q. Peralta reported that Charlie Sanchez Macapuno, 37 and village chief was killed by police operatives after the buy-bust operation resulted in a firefight when the suspect shot at the police.

According to police, the suspect came from Dayap Itaas Village in Alfonso, Cavite, a village bordering Laurel town where the supply of illegal drugs were suspected sourced before the incident.

The suspect sustained five gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on arrival at the St. Andrew Hospital in nearby Talisay town.

Recovered from the crime scene were a caliber .45 pistol, a magazine, and five plastic sachets containing crystals suspected as ‘shabu.’

Reports from Police Senior Inspector Nephtali Solomon, chief of police of Laurel town, revealed that Macapuno was categorized as high value target (HVT) in their town.

Police disclosed the suspect was also found positive on illegal drugs during the drug test conducted for all municipal employees and village chiefs of the town.

Solomon added the suspect had been a frequent respondent in a series of different police intervention operations in the past months.

Macapuno had eluded arrest in previous police operations and cases against him have suffered snags due to unavailability of witnesses to testify against him and the lack of strong evidence.

However, continuous validation and surveillance were made that led the local police to set a buy-bust operation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

The operation was part of the second wave of the Oplan Crackdown (One Time-Big Time) of the provincial police, according to Peralta. Jojo Magsombol/