Sunday, February 23, 2014

Army troopers, cops kill 1, arrests 3 in Basilan anti-drug operations

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 23): Army troopers, cops kill 1, arrests 3 in Basilan anti-drug operations

Troopers from the 1st Infantry Division together with local police and anti-drug operatives shot and killed a suspected drug pusher and arrested three others during operations in Valderosa Street, Purok 2, Barangay La Piedad, Isabela City, Basilan Saturday morning.

A 45-minute firefight took place shortly after authorities conducted the drug bust around 6: 30 a.m.

Two government operatives were also reported wounded in the incident.

Capt. Jefferson Mamauag, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, identified the fatality as Abi Eisma Jaji and the arrested suspects Rasid Robinson Saly, Jose Ramon Dayrit and Diane Martin.

Recovered from their possession were two. 45 caliber pistol, one homemade sub-machine gun KG-9 Ingram, several sachets of drugs and drug paraphernalias.

Wounded on government forces were identified as PO2s Esra Senicula Mariano and Jesseben Ferrer Santua who were immediately brought to a local hospital for immediate treatment.

Mamauag said the 1st Infantry Division will continue to support the government anti-drug operations through the Joint Peace and Security Coordinating Council.

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