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Spanish national slain in anti-drug operation in Siargao

/ 03:39 PM January 09, 2020

BUTUAN CITY –– A Spanish national, who was identified as a drug suspect by authorities, was killed Wednesday morning after a gunfight with police on Siargao Island.

A report from the Caraga Police Regional Office said the suspect, Diego Lapuente, was shot after he fired on police in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 3, General Luna town of Surigao del Norte.

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Brigadier General Joselito T. Esquivel, Jr., Caraga police regional director, said Lapuente is on top of their list of high-value targets in the anti-drug campaign.

After the shootout, Lapuente was rushed to the Siargao Island District Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

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Seized from the suspect were 10 grams of cocaine and a caliber .45 pistol.

The buy-bust operation was jointly done around 1:50 a.m. by personnel of General Luna town police, Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office, 1302 Police Mobile Company, and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Edited by Lzb
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