A police anti-narcotic operative and a drug suspect were killed in a shootout following a buy-bust operation in General Tinio town in Nueva Ecija Monday night.
Central Luzon police director Chief Supt. Amador Corpus identified the slain policeman as P01 Mariano Emmanuel Caparas, a member of the General Tinio Municipal Police Station, while the dead drug peddler was identified only as a certain Abet.
Corpuz said P01 Caparas was on an anti-illegal drugs mission against a notorious drug peddler in Sitio Saudi, Barangay Pias in General Tinio when the drug suspect, sensing that he’s dealing with a law enforcer, drew his gun and fired at Caparas.
Corpuz said the suspect was subsequently gunned down when other members of the arresting team returned fire.
Caparas sustained gunshot wounds in different parts of his body and was rushed to the Medicare Community Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Recovered at the crime scene were the policeman’s Glock 9mm pistol and 10 caliber 99mm spent shells, one deformed fired bullet, one black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle with license plate 946-II and a heated-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu.
“This is unfortunate news for us as one of our members was killed in line with our diligent efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs and while nothing can make up for his loss, along with our deepest condolences, we assure his bereaved family that they will get the necessary benefits that is due them,” Corpuz said.
Despite the loss of one of his men, Corpuz said the illegal drugs campaign will continue.
“Still, we are committed in waging war against illegal drugs and we will continue to be relentless in our campaign at all costs,” he added.
PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde mourned the loss of Caparas who was killed in the line of duty.
“The death of PO1 Caparas will not diminish our keen resolve to accomplish the mission against illegal drugs and crime, rather, his heroism inspires us to continue the fight with deeper commitment and dedication,” Albayalde said.
He assured the immediate family of Caparas of all PNP benefits entitled to a legal dependent of police personnel killed in the line of duty.
Since the government launched its relentless drugs war, 87 policemen had been killed while performing anti-illegal drugs operations across the country.
On the other hand, over a thousand suspected drug personalities have been killed in various police operations since 2016.