Three suspected drug pushers were killed in encounters with police in two different barangays in Cabuyao City and San Pedro City in Laguna on Friday.
James Israel Ryan, a resident of Barangay Malaban in Binan City, fell in an encounter along NIA Road in Barangay Gulod, Cabuyao following a buy-bust operation, but another suspect escaped on a motorcycle and is being hunted, Cabuyao City Chief of Police Supt. Fernando Ortega said.
Recovered from the scene were three plastic sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia, a caliber .38 revolver, a pouch with marked money used in the buy-bust, and two cartridges of a caliber .45 pistol, Ortega added.
Meanwhile in San Pedro, another buy-bust operation and encounter saw suspected pusher Gil Bautista, alias “Bong,” and an unidentified female companion slain along Magsaysay Avenue in the city, San Pedro Police chief Supt. Harold Depositar said.
Police recovered a shotgun, a caliber .45 pistol, ammunition for both weapons, a cache of suspected illegal drugs and cash in different denominations, Depositar added.
Bautista was rushed to Amante Hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead on arrival, while the female suspect died on the spot, police added.