By NITZ ARANCON
TWO men were killed during another undercover narcotics operation by the police at Zone 3, Barangay Patrocinio, Claveria in Misamis Oriental, on Thursday night.
The Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of the Misamis Oriental police identified the dead as Samsodin Tamano, 37, of Balo-i, Lanao del Norte, and Alberto Andales of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
Chief Insp. Dennis delos Santos, Claveria police chief, said Tamano and Andales tried to escape and in the process, fired shots at officers from the drug enforcement unit and the town police.
Like many others killed by the police in the province, police claimed the suspects were armed with caliber .38 revolvers. The dead men also allegedly had a sachet of suspected shabu and a measly P500, supposedly marked money.
Delos Santos said Tamano was the subject of the buy-and-bust operation. He said Tamano had two companions, Andales and a still unidentified man.
He said Tamano’s group ran off when they sensed that it was an undercover operation and then fired shots at the officers.
Delos Santos claimed the police engaged the suspects and killed two of them, including Tamano, during the chase.
The suspects were declared dead on arrival at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital in Claveria.
At the hospital, crime scene investigators allegedly found two more sachets of shabu from the dead suspects while examining their bodies.
“Tulo ka pakite sa illegal drugs ang nakuha sa bulsa ni Tamano nga iyang gisulod sa basiyo sa posporo ug duha usab ka pakite ang nakuha sa bulsa ni Andales,” delos Santos said.