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2 drug suspects killed in Laguna shootout

/ 01:41 PM May 20, 2016

SAN PEDRO CITY, Philippines—Two suspected illegal drug traders died in a shootout with policemen during a buy bust operation in Biñan City, Laguna province early Friday, police said.

One of the slain suspects was identified only as “Tunting.”

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Insp. Roselle Orate, Laguna police information officer, said the police set up a sting operation in Barangay (village) Malaban to arrest the suspects at 6:30 a.m.

However, while the transaction was underway, someone suddenly shouted, “Pulis yan (They are cops)!” prompting the suspects to run and seek refuge in a house in the village, Orate said.

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She said the suspects fired at the policemen, prompting the latter to retaliate.

The police recovered a shotgun and a .38 cal. pistol from the house where the slain suspects hid. Police also found shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and a still undetermined amount of cash.

Police said Tunting, one of the slain suspects, was a member of a gang involved in the trade of illegal drugs in Biñan. The group is led by a certain Cris Peña, it said. RAM/rga

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