By Franco G. Regala
Camp Olivas, Pampanga – Three drug suspects were killed in separate alleged shootouts with Bulacan police anti-drug operatives while 21 others were arrested in Pampanga and Bulacan on Monday.
Chief Superintendent Amador V. Corpus, Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) director, identified those killed as Erwin Hernandez Santos and one by his alias “Michael” in Meycauayan City; and Marcelino Mercado Javier, alias “Welang,” an “Oplan Tokhang” surrenderer, in Barangay Batia, Bocaue.
Alias Michael reportedly drew his gun when he sensed he had sold shabu to policemen who posed as buyers in Barangay Bayugo, Meycauayan City, at around 11:50 a.m.
On the other hand, Santos who was then coming from the restroom area saw the back-up operatives and immediately fired towards them, drawing fire that caused his death.
Eight sachets of suspected “shabu,” two .38-caliber revolvers, ammunition and cash were collected by police at the crime scene.
In Bocaue, Javier was killed in a similar shootout during a buy-bust operation. Found in his possession were 36 small plastic sachets of suspected shabu and a Smith and Wesson .38-cal. revolver.