Ten drug suspects were killed by policemen, while 63 others were arrested during close to 50 operations undertaken simultaneously in different Bulacan towns from Tuesday midnight (Feb. 20) to Wednesday midnight (Feb. 21).
Senior Supt. Romeo Caramat Jr., Bulacan police director, said the slain suspects fired first.
A suspect identified only as “Barik” was killed in Guiguinto town, while village councilman Henry Biñas, Dennis Espadero and Michael Gabe died during an operation in the City of Malolos.
Police killed Obet Hernandez in Pulilan town, Robert James Hernani died in San Rafael town, while Franklin Santos was shot dead in Hagonoy town. Suspect Erwin Manlapig was killed in Bocaue town and an unidentified suspect was shot dead in Balagtas town.
In the City of San Jose del Monte, Juanito Calagos attacked policemen serving him a warrant of arrest for a frustrated homicide case, and was killed when policemen defended themselves, said Supt. Fitz Macariola, city chief of police.
In Marilao town, police shot and wounded Reynan Lerio Delos Santos and Boyet Delos Santos.
The police undertook 45 drug busts, and enforced three search warrants and an arrest warrant during the 24-hour operations.
Seized from the drug busts were 272 pieces of heat-sealed plastic sachets of suspected “shabu (crystal meth),” and 8 sachets of dried marijuana leaves. The police also recovered 12 firearms and ammunition.