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Drug suspect killed in police chase after firing at cops

KORONADAL CITY – For allegedly resisting arrest and trading bullets with law enforcers, a 35 year-old suspected drug supplier was killed during a chase that started from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat and ended in Sto. Niño, South Cotabato on Thursday afternoon.

Supt. Joefel Siason, police chief of Isulan, said the 4 p.m. shootout that killed Reggie Bonghe took place after police arrested suspected drug peddler, Melvin Paulo, 37, during a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Kolambog, Isulan where four sachets of shabu were recovered.

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Siason said that a mobile phone was also recovered from Paulo.

“While we are in custody of his mobile phone, a message came in telling him that supplies of shabu are coming shortly,” Siason said.

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“So we set up entrapment by waiting for the supplier to arrive,” Siason said, adding that the suspected supplier arrived but quickly left when he noticed law enforcers around.

A chase ensued, with Bonghe on a motorbike speeding to the town of Sto. Niño.  A blocking force made Bonghe divert his route.

Along Crossing Dose in Barangay Poblacion Sto. Niño, he fired at pursuing lawmen, triggering a shootout, Siason said.

He said Bonghe was initially critically wounded but died while being rushed to the hospital.

Siason said recovered from Bonghe was a cal. 45 pistol with three emptied magazines and a huge sachet of shabu he was to deliver to Paulo. JE

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