10 suspects killed in anti-drug ops in North Cotabato

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – Ten suspects were killed in a two-day drive last week against illegal drugs in North Cotabato, the provincial police office said.

The fatalities reportedly engaged the police operatives in shootouts during simultaneous operations on Friday and Saturday. Eight of them were killed in Tulunan town – four on Friday and another four on Saturday.

Supt. Bernard Tayong, provincial police office spokesperson, identified four of those slain in Tulunan as John Ryan Lapastura, Angelito Cabalfin, Jerry Castillon and his brother, John Rey.

Police said they recovered from the suspects a caliber 38 revolver, caliber 45 pistol, homemade pistol, three hand grenades, and at least 10 sachets of shabu or methamphetamine hydrochloride.

In Kabacan town, police killed in two separate anti-drug operations two residents of Plang Village who were included in their drug watchlist.

Chief Inspector Ronnie Cordero, Kabacan PNP chief, identified the slain suspects as Ronnie Macaalay Acoy and his cousin, Datumanong Sambuto Macaalay.

Cordero said they recovered from the Macaalays’ hideouts in Plang Village a caliber 38 revolver, another pistol and several sachets of shabu.

In Kidapawan, police nabbed on Friday Quincy Glen Villanueva Adlaon for drug trafficking. He was allegedly doing cybersex inside his hideout in Barangay Lanao at the time of the raid.

On Saturday, police arrested Maribeth Montejo Parba, a drug surrenderee from Barangay Lanao, Kidapawan.

In Makilala town, two employees of Dole-Stanfilco were arrested in a surprise raid on Friday. Police identified them as Marvin Chatto Tigao, of Purok 4, Barangay Luna Sur, and Sherwin Grabe, of Samonte Subdivision in Poblacion, Makilala. Allegedly Seized from them were seven sachets of shabu.

Five more drug suspects in Midsayap, Antipas, President Roxas and Arakan towns were arrested during the two-day anti-drug operations, police said. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)