Just a day after the PNP rejoined the anti-drug campaign, at least eight crime suspects were killed in different gun encounters while 21 were arrested in Bulacan province yesterday.
According to PNP Provincial Chief Sr. Supt. Romeo M Caramat Jr, the suspects were either killed or arrested in 19 raids, some of which turned violent when the suspects started firing shots against policemen.
Three of them were later on identified as Elmer Pagsanjan, Francis Bondoc and Errol dela Cruz. Police reports indicate that the three fought the lawmen in a buy-bust operation at Barangay Mabolo in Malolos City, Bulacan. Eight sachets of “shabu” and two revolvers were recovered.
In a different operation in Sta. Rita, Pampanga, police had arrested Renato Reforma and his wife, Lourdes who were caught carrying six sachets of shabu.
Meanwhile, operations in the Negros Island region down south resulted to the arrests of more than 20 drug suspects and confiscation of shabu amounting to nearly P100,000.
PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa said on Monday that “Project Double Barrel Alpha Reloaded” is a joint campaign with the PDEA and local officials targeted to catch big-time drug suspects and groups.