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5 dead in police shootouts in Laguna, Batangas

/ 04:07 PM June 13, 2019

SAN PEDRO CITY — Four suspected drug pushers were killed in separate buy-bust operations in Laguna, while a suspected robber was killed in a

police shootout in Batangas, authorities said on Thursday.

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Batangas police chief Col. Edwin Quilates, in a report, said the police have not yet identified the slain suspect, who was among the four men who broke into an apartment in Barangay San Rafael in Sto. Tomas town around 3 a.m.

He said that after the police received a report on the robbery, authorities flagged down the suspects onboard a tricycle along Maharlika Highway in the same village.

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But instead of yielding, the suspects sped away prompting a brief chase.

One of them was hit when the police returned fire, while the three others had abandoned the vehicle and escaped on foot towards a bushy area in Barangay Santiago.

Police said they recovered a .38 caliber gun and four sachets of suspected shabu (crystal meth) from the suspect.

In Laguna, provincial police chief Col. Eleazar Matta said suspected drug pusher Ever Barcenas was killed in a shootout at 1:20 a.m. Thursday in Barangay Marinig, Cabuyao City.

Prior to this, Joselito Odpaga was also killed in an anti-drugs operation around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Real in the adjacent city of Calamba.

Still in Calamba City, the police killed suspected pushers, Jesus Tenido, and an alias “Long Hair” in a buy-bust around 5:35 p.m. Wednesday in Barangay Sampiruhan.

Matta said Tenido and Long Hair’s companion, Wilson Valencia, surrendered.

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He said the suspects were first to fire their guns to evade arrest, forcing the police to shoot them back in defense.

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