CABANATUAN CITY – Two persons were killed and two others were arrested in anti-illegal drugs operations in different places of Nueva Ecija on Saturday, a few days before the New Year, a belated police reports showed.
Oliver Tapang, a resident of Barangay Buliran, and Mark Anthony Ang of Barangay Aduas Centro, both of this city died after allegedly firing at policemen in separate buy-bust operations.
Supt. Ponciano Zafra, city police chief, said Tapang fired “a shot firearm” at station drug enforcement unit operatives when he apparently sensed he was dealing with lawmen at about 4:50 a.m. at Purok 2, Barangay Sta. Arcadi here. Retaliating policemen hit the suspect in different parts of his body which caused his instant death, police said.
Ang, on the other hand, was killed by operatives from the Palayan City police station in a buy-bust operation at Sitio Pinaltakan, Barangay Caballero, Palayan City at about 8:10 p.m.
“In the course of their transaction,” the suspect turned “hostile when he noticed that the persons he was dealing with were police officers,” police said. The suspect reportedly traded guns shots with the lawmen.
Investigators reportedly recovered several sachets of suspected shabu, .38 revolvers, and marked money among other pieces of evidences in both incidents.
The arrested suspects were identified as Jayffy Binuya,34, married, of Barangay Larcon, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija and Julius Bnagit, 38, married, driver, of San Vicente, Llanera town.
Binuya yielded one sachet of shabu and P500 marked money in a buy- bust operation conducted by Bongabon police operatives in Barangay Curva that municipality at around 12:05 a.m.
Bangit was arrested at about 1:35 p.m. in the vicinity of Aliaga, Nueva Ecija as lawmen seized from his possession two sachets of alleged shabu, one P500 bill that was used as marked money, and a single motorcycle.
The suspects were facing charges of violations of Republic Act 9165.