3 dead, 10 others arrested in separate buy-bust ops in Bulacan

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CAMP ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan — Three armed men allegedly “drug dealers” were killed, while 10 individuals were arrested in separate anti-drug operations on Friday early morning (Nov. 20).

P/Col. Lawrence Cajipe, Bulacan Provincial Director, identified the neutralized suspects as Carlo Ardenio, resident of Bagong Silang Caloocan City, Joshua Loquente, resident of the City of Meycauayan, included in the PNP/PDEA watch list and his unidentified cohort wearing a red t-shirt, blue shorts, and a bull cap.

According to Cajipe, based on the report, a gunfight ensued during the drug transaction in Melody Plains Brgy. Muzon, City of San Jose del Monte on Friday, around 1:30 a.m., when drug suspect Ardenio together with his cohort who were onboard a motorcycle resisted and tried to escape when they were about to be arrested by authorities.

Ardenio engaged the operatives in a shootout while his unidentified cohort managed to elude arrest on board a motorcycle. He was brought to a nearby hospital but was later declared dead by the attending physician.

Recovered were two medium heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of shabu; one Smith and Wesson cal. 38 pistol, and buy-bust money.

Likewise, suspect Loquente and his cohort were killed when they fired towards the operatives of Balagtas police during a buy-bust operation in Brgy. Pulong Gubat on Friday around 3:20 in the morning upon sensing that they were dealing with police officers.

Recovered were eleven heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu; one caliber .38 revolver and buy-bust money.

Meanwhile, a total of P158,200 estimated worth of shabu were confiscated in separate drug busts conducted by the operatives of Bulacan Provincial Intelligence Unit together with San Rafael and Baliwag police in Brgys. Maasim, San Rafael, and Bagong Nayon in Baliuag, Friday, which resulted in the arrest of 4 drug peddlers.

Moreover, six more drug suspects were apprehended in the drug stings conducted by the operatives of San Ildefonso, Bocaue, Guiguinto, Marilao, and Obando police.

Seized were twenty-four sachets of shabu and buy-bust money.

“The arrested suspects and seized pieces of evidence were brought to Bulacan Crime Laboratory for examination while appropriate criminal charges against them are now being prepared for filing in court,” Cajipe said.

Amid the Covid-19 crisis, Bulacan police are no let-up in its zealous campaign against illegal drugs and illegal drug personalities in adherence to the marching order of PRO3 Regional Director P/Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon. (RONDA BALITA Online) 

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Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, an editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, Lingguhang Pahayagan ng Masang Intelihente, and RONDA Balita Online News was a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated Philosophy as major course, Political Science as minor, at the University of Santo Tomas, Legaspi City but landed and became a journalist. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, Peoples Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before he was simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspaper in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). A former Journal Group Bulacan correspondent, Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.

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