Suspected pusher, 2 others killed in buy-bust shootout
MANILA, Philippines—A dentist and a government employee were killed while at least six others were injured when a drug suspect fired on a crowd in a makeshift cockpit in Ormoc City on Tuesday to evade arrest.
Dr. Jay Movilla and Wilfredo Alberto, a city hall employee, died outright from multiple bullet wounds, Senior Supt. Jose Macanas, Ormoc police chief, said on Wednesday.
Macanas said the subject of the buy-bust operation, suspected drug dealer Sim Serrano, was also killed in an exchange of fire with policemen.
“It was a legitimate anti-illegal drugs operation. It’s just unfortunate that innocent civilians were (caught in the crossfire),” Macanas said.
He said, however, that he immediately ordered the administrative relief of Police Station 3 commander Chief Insp. Edgardo Encina and his deputy, Senior Insp. Harris Rebato, who led the operation.—Marlon Ramos
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