By Liezle Basa Iñigo
The 31-year-old chief of police (COP) of Mallig municipality, Isabela province was shot dead in a drug sting gone bad last Sunday night.
Killed was Senior Inspector Michael Angelo Tubaña, 31, of Vira Poblacion, Roxas, Isabela.
Superintendent Ronald Laggui, head of the Provincial Investigation and Detection Management Branch, said Tubaña was gunned down by one of two drug pushers riding a motorcycle on the national highway in Barangay Centro 1, Mallig at 10:15 p.m.
Tubaña, along with Police Officer 3 Edwin Gubal and two confidential agents, were in the middle of a buy-bust operation when, suddenly, one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot him in the body.
Laggui said Tubaña was immediately rushed to the hospital, but expired along the way.
The two targets of the drug bust eluded arrest and are now the subjects of a police hunt with the Kalinga Police Provincial Office (PPO) joining the dragnet operations.