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Alleged drug group member dead in Batangas; Cavite cop hurt in buy-bust

/ 11:04 AM April 26, 2019

SAN PEDRO CITY — An alleged member of an illegal drug syndicate in Batangas province was killed in a police operation in Balayan town, early Friday.

Col. Edwin Quilates, Batangas police chief, identified the slain suspect as Dennis Pantoja, an alleged member of the Maamyog Drug Group.

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The police conducted the buy-bust against Pantoja and a still unidentified man in Barangay Caloocan around 2 a.m. Friday, Quilates said in a report.

During the transaction, Pantoja suddenly fired shots, forcing the police to return fire.

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Pantoja’s companion escaped on a motorcycle during the commotion.

Pantoja was hit and taken to the Western Batangas Medical Center but died later.

Police recovered a .45-caliber gun and three sachets of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth).

In Bacoor City, Cavite, a police patrolman was hurt when suspected drug pushers Rene Kendayo and Nasrudin Libas attempted to resist arrest around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Authorities recovered Kendayo and Libas suspected shabu worth P176,120 and P100,000 suspected drug money.

The Calabarzon police launched a region-wide Simultaneous Anti-criminality and Law Enforcement Operation on Wednesday evening.

At least nine, including Pantoja, had died in separate operations as of Friday morning.

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