Dagupan cops first in R-1 to kill drug pushers
AFTER DUTERTE ASSUMED PRESIDENCY
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – “They were the first casualties among drug pushers who fought back with the police in Region 1”.
GOODBYE MY DEAR BROD. Ricky Cornel holds affectionately the face
of his older brother Piggie, 43, who was slain during a drug bust operation in
Dagupan City. Ricky and Piggie submitted themselves a week earlier as pusher and
user of shabu to the village chief of Bonuan Gueset and
made a promissory note that they would avoid illegal drugs.
Piggie, however, was caught by the police Monday with a notorious pusher in a motel room selling shabu and fought out with the police that resulted in their being shot to
death. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
This was declared by this City’s Chief of Police Superintendent Christopher Abrahano about the two drug personalities who were shot to death by the police when they tried to fire back at the police during a sting operation.
The two were the first to be slain in the four provinces’ Region-1 after President Duterte assumed office on June 30.
Police reports said at 11 am of July 4, anti-drug operatives here raided a room at Green Bee Cottage in Tondaligan Beach in Barangay Bonuan Gueset where three male and a female were staying.
The 23,000- populated village is not only one of the biggest barangays here but is one of the three villages in Pangasinan with the most number of marijuana and shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride peddlers and users in the province, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Instead of peacefully yielding, Alyas Opay, 40, of Malasiqui, Pangasinan and Piggie Cornel, 43, of Bonuan Gueset, fought out with the policemen who returned fire and killed the two suspects.
The other suspects, according to cottage owner Arlene de Guzman, fled the scene.
“I heard gunshots at around 11 am,” said de Guzman who was anxious about how she would start cleaning the splattered blood on the floor of the airconditioned room the suspects rented for three hundred pesos for a three-hour stay.
Prior to the killing of Opay and Cornel, a police team arranged a drug sting with the duo at the cottage used as motel room by the owner. Police were able to purchase a sachet of shabu from the suspects and were about to arrest them when one of the suspects fired at the police and another one pulled out a grenade.
“It was at that instant that police fired back and neutralized the suspects. Eight sachet of shabu, a weighing scale, and several drug paraphernalia were recovered at the scene,” investigator reports said.
Initial information revealed that Alyas Opay was a top drug personality in Malasiqui town while Alyas Piggie was listed in this City’s watch list as one of the drug personalities.
Since the assumption of President Rodrigo Duterte in June 30, 23 suspected drug pushers all over the country have been shot to death by security forces by mostly justifying that the malefactors tried to grab the guns of the policemen.
The firebrand president won the May 9 election with a hardline promise to eliminate drug pushers he considered dregs of the society.
Meanwhile, another top drug personality chose to fight it out with police in a drug buy bust before midnight, Tuesday at 10:30 Pm here.
Oscar Abella, of legal age, a resident of Pantal District here and a notorious drug pusher in the barangay, who had string of pending drug cases, shot at police whom he had just transacted with in a drug buy bust operation before being killed himself.
Abella was with an unidentified companion on board a single motorcycle when they showed up at Tebeng Road, Barangay Tebeng here for the drug transaction earlier arranged by the police.
After the drug transaction and before he could be arrested, Abella fired his revolver at the arresting officer. The police officer fired back and Abella fell off the motorcycle while the suspected driver cum pusher immediately fled.
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