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2 dead in Cavite, Laguna buy-busts

11:35 AM October 18, 2019

SAN PEDRO CITY — Two suspected drug pushers and members of crime gangs were killed in separate shootouts in Laguna and Cavite provinces, police said Friday.

In Cavite, John Paul Patricio was killed in a buy-bust operation around 4:40 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Pasong Kawayan 2 in General Trias City.

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A police report issued Friday said Patricio was allegedly a member of the criminal group “Salamat” that operated in the said city.

The police said Patricio sold an undercover police officer a sachet of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth). But just when the police were about to arrest him, the suspect drove away on a motorcycle, prompting the authorities to chase him.

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It was when the suspect fired shots that forced policemen to shoot him down.

In Sta. Cruz, Laguna, Percibal Mendoza was also slain in a buy-bust operation at 8:35 a.m. Thursday.

Police said Mendoza transacted with undercover policemen in Barangay San Jose when he suddenly opened fire and triggered a shootout.

Mendoza was killed on the spot.

The police said Mendoza was a member of the “Macmac Punio” group that carried out gun-for-hire operations and illegal drug dealings in the fourth district of the province.

Mendoza was previously detained for eight years at the Laguna Provincial Jail for drug charges. Maricar Cinco/lzb

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