Cops kill notorious Cotabato drug dealer

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Aug) – A known drug dealer here was killed when he tried to elude arrest during a buy-bust operation Tuesday, reports said.

Killed was Yasser Salik Masabpi Kalipa, 42, of Barangay Bagua-Mother in Cotabato City.

Senior Insp. Tirso Pascual, chief of the Station 4 of the Cotabato City Police Office, said the suspect tried to escape instead of yielding to authorities after he was caught selling “shabu” or methamphetamine hydrochloride.

He allegedly tried throwing a grenade but even before he could execute it, personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDEA-ARMM) already shot him in his body.

Authorities recovered from Kalipa’s possession three sachets of shabu, several drug paraphernalia, and a hand grenade.

Pascual said the suspect has just been released from the Cotabato City Jail after the local court dismissed his drug case for lack of evidence.

He, however, said the suspect has still three pending warrants of arrest for drug-related cases. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)