1 killed, 2 nabbed in Davao drug buy-bust

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/26 January) — One suspect was killed while two others were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation around 5:20 p.m. on Monday at Purok 8, Brgy. 76-A, Bucana, Davao City.

Arvee Jay “Abing” Jemenico, 21, a resident of the barangay, reportedly died in a shootout with police authorities after he resisted arrest. He was in the list of top 10 most wanted persons of the San Pedro Police Station.

His cohort, Erlex Prada “Leklek” Duronio, immediately escaped at the time of the incident.

In a report by the San Pedro Police Station, Jemenico drew his .38 caliber revolver from his sling bag after realizing that he was dealing with a policeman who posed as a buyer.

The policeman fired back killing the suspect on the spot.

Crime scene investigators recovered from Jemenico’s possession four plastic sachets containing suspected shabu worth P29,000, a .38 caliber revolver with one fired cartridge case and four live ammunition and two 9 mm cartridge, P4,000 worth of boodle money, and P700 cash and silver necklace with crucifix pendant.

His body was brought to Angel Funeral Homes.

On the same day, two suspects were arrested in the same community for allegedly smoking shabu.

They were identified as Algie “Ulan-Ulan” Ballena, 20, and Jasper Jon Abi-Abi, 18, single, both construction workers.

Police recovered from their possession a partially opened plastic sachet containing suspected shabu residue, two disposable lighters with improvised foil needle, and one improvised aluminum funnel with traces of shabu, and one glass tooter.

The suspects are detained at the San Pedro Police Station and will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9165, or Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

In an interview with reporters on Tuesday, Davao City Police Office spokesperson Milgrace Driz said their assets will continue to monitor the area as some residents continue to make their homes as drug dens.

“If there’s one using illegal drug, then it is considered as drug infected area,” she said. (Antonio L. Colina IV/MindaNews)