A total of 21 drug suspects were killed by policemen in overnight operations in Bulacan province.
Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat Jr., provincial police director, said 64 others were arrested during the conduct of 24 buy-bust operations and implementation of two search warrants from Monday night to Tuesday morning.
Caramat said operations will continue til Tuesday evening.
“Nagsimula ‘yung operations kagabi hanggang mamayang gabi,” he said.
Caramat also reported that a total of 21 firearms and more than 100 grams of shabu were confiscated during the separate raids.
In Marilao, killed were alias Egoy and Tom who were allegedly armed with a cal.-38 revolver and an improvised shotgun. Seized from them were six sachets weighing more or less two grams of shabu.
Alias Enan and Justin were killed in Obando. They were allegedly armed with a cal.-38 revolver and a 9mm pistol during the buy-bust operations. Seized from them were 50 grams of shabu.
Others killed during the buy-bust operations were Berth in Pulilan, Alvin in Balagtas, Chris in San Miguel, Jerom in Plaridel, Yayot and an unidentified companion in Guiguinto, Arnold and an unidentified companion in Norzagaray, Willy and Jeffery in Malolos, Elias and Eugene in San Jose del Monte, Macoy in Sta. Maria, Pugeng Manyak in Baliwag, and a yet to be identified suspect.
Those killed during the serving of arrest warrants were alias Allan Tattoo and an unidentified suspect.
Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa earlier said that from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017, a total of 86,030 drug suspects have been arrested and 3,264 have been killed.
For the same period, a total of 8,195 high-valve targets have been identified. Of the number, 1,340 have been arrested; 3,522 have surrendered; 141 died during police operations, while the deaths of 104 others are being investigated. — Amita Legaspi with Rodil Vega/ALG/RSJ/KG, GMA News