Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ecija drug pusher killed in shootout with cops

CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – A suspected drug pusher in the watch list of the police was killed in a shootout with combined operatives from the provincial public safety company (PPSC) and local policemen in Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija Friday night.

          Senior Superintendent Crizaldo Nieves, provincial police director, identified the slain suspect as Ronaldo Balagtas alias Manok of barangay Purok Riverside, Barangay San Vicente, Gapan City.

          Balagtas  died on-the-spot.

         Superintendent Ricardo Villanueva, PSSC commander, has gained notoriety as a drug pusher in Peñaranda and neighboring municipalities in the fourth congressional district.

          Villanueva said Balagtas was selling shabu in Barangay Poblacion 1 when a police team led by PO2 Nestor Ison of the PPSC and Senior Inspector Rod Clemente of the Peñaranda police rushed to the area after being tipped off by a civilian informant.

          When Balagtas spotted the lawmen, he immediately rode his motorcycle and sped away while firing shots at them, triggering a running gunbattle.

          The lawmen caught up with Balagtas in an irrigation canal where he abandoned his vehicle and continue to exchange gunfire with them. He was eventually overpowered and shot dead.

          Lawmen recovered from the encounter scene a caliber 38 revolver, undetermined volume of drugs and the get-away vehicle. 

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