Ex-town traffic chief slain in Laguna buy-bust
SAN PEDRO CITY, LAGUNA, Philippines — A former traffic chief of Siniloan was killed in a buy-bust operation in Pagsanjan town in Laguna province on Sunday evening.
In a text message, Col. Eleazar Matta, chief of the Laguna Police Provincial Office, identified the slain suspect as Leodigario Recide, alias Odec.
He said Recide was previously arrested for a drug case but was released on probation after entering into a plea bargain.
Matta said undercover police officers went to Recide’s apartment in Barangay Sampaloc around 6 p.m. for the buy-bust.
On realizing he was dealing with the police, the suspect drew and fired a gun, forcing the authorities to shoot him down.
Recide died on the spot.
Matta said Recide, a native of Siniloan, was the town’s former chief of traffic operations.
He said the suspect would “dispose [about] 50 grams” of crystal meth, or “shabu,” a week under the “protection” of a local official, who Matta declined to name at the moment.
Police said they seized a .45-caliber pistol and a sachet of suspected shabu.
(Editor: Alexander T. Magno)
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