By Aaron Recuenco
Anti-narcotics agents of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) killed two suspected drug pushers in a buy-bust that also led to the recovery of some P6.8 million worth of shabu in Pasig City.
NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said that the slain drug pushers were members of a syndicate headed by Amin Imam Boratong who was arrested in 2006 and later convicted for operating the controversial shabu tiangge in Pasig City.
“Despite his imprisonment at the National Bilibid Prisons, he still manages to operate illegal drugs trade through his cousin Acsaimin Buratong alias Mac-Mac and some armed and dangerous followers,” said Eleazar.
Eleazar said four members of the gang have been arrested—three were nabbed two months ago while the other one surrendered last month.
The death of the two suspects identified as Jalal Salamoden and Sampiano Rason, according to Eleazar, is proof that Boratong’s syndicate is still operating.
Police Col. Moises Villaceran Jr., Pasig City Police chief, also said both suspects were remnants of the drug group.
Seized from the two slain suspects was a kilo of shabu with a street value of P6.8 million.
“Basically involved sila sa drugs but we cannot discount the possibility that they are involved in other activities like for example, gun for hire, dahil nga armado sila, ito yung ating pinag aaralan para maneutralize natin itong grupong ito,” said Eleazar.
“Sa patuloy na paghahanap natin sa kanila isa isa, maaaccount natin at mahuhuli yang mga yan. It so happened na itong dalawang ito opted to fight it out with our operatives, kaya nagresulta sa kanilang pagkamatay. Babala natin, kung ganyan din ang gagawin nila, handa ang ating mga kapulisan para harapin sila,” he added.
Eleazar said the operation was based on the Case Operational Plan (COPLAN) “Silent Sentinel” which targets illegal drugs personalities distributing within Metro Manila and other neighboring cities.
The buy-bust was set up after NCRPO agents were able to arrange for the purchase of 200 grams of shabu from the slain suspects. The meeting place was near a gasoline station in Barangay Dela Paz in Pasig City.
At around 2 a.m., the two suspected drug pushers showed up and started the transaction with the police poseur buyers.
“After the drug deal, one of the armed suspects (back rider) sensed that the person who transacted with him was a policeman, and immediately shot the undercover agent as they sped off on board their single motorcycle,” said Eleazar.
“As the raiding team pursued them, the firefight broke out where the two suspects were neutralized,” he added.
Aside from illegal drugs, also seized from the slain suspects were a.45 pistol, a 9mm pistol and a single motorcycle which was used by the suspects. (with reports from Jhon Aldrin Casinas)