by Niño N. Luces and Nel B. Andrade
Camp Gen. Ola, Legazpi City/Baras, Rizal — An incumbent barangay kagawad (village councilman) was killed in Ligao City, Albay, while two others were gunned down in Baras, Rizal in separate drug bust conducted by police, it was learned yesterday.
In Albay, Chief Inspector Arthur Gomez, spokesperson and chief of the investigation division of the Police Provincial Office (PPO), said Kagawad Gary Encinas, a Barangay Tinampo, Ligao City, was killed when he shot it out with arresting officers Wednesday night.
Gomez said Encinas, ranked No. 6 on the Ligao City drugs watchlist, was supposed to be arrested after selling a sachet of methamphetamine hydrochloride or “shabu” to a poseur buyer when he opted to engage lawmen in a shootout.
Armed with a .38-caliber handgun, Encinas was shot dead by police.
In Rizal, Superintendent Ruben Piquero, PPO spokesman, said joint operatives of the Provincial Public Safety Company and the Baras Municipal Police Station (MPS) were manning a checkpoint to intercept drug pushers when the suspects, riding on a motorcycle, drove past them.
The operatives chased the Kawasaki motorcycle without a license plate along Parapet Road in Barangay Pinugay, Baras, but were fired at.
Police returned fire, killing the riding-in-tandem suspects. Found in their possession were two .38-cal. revolvers and 12 sachets of shabu.
68 KILLED IN CAVITE
In Cavite, the PPO reported yesterday having killed a total 68 drug suspects in legitimate encounters in the province’s seven districts since President Duterte waged his all-out war on illegal drugs last July.
Supt. Janet L. Arinabo, PPO spokesman, said that in the same period, 2,196 drug pushers and users have been arrested and that police facilitated the surrender of 28,521 drug users in this province’s seven cities and 16 municipalities.
Only last Wednesday, police have arrested 28 people, including women, in anti-drug operations in Bacoor, Imus and Dasmariñas Districts, Cavite City, and the municipalities of Kawit, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA), Alfonso and Noveleta. (With a report from Anthony Giron)