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Destura wants cops to ‘preempt’ shootouts against drug suspects

Correspondent .

Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office has alerted their anti-drug operatives following incidents where drug suspects were armed and would readily shoot it out against law enforcement units.

Provincial Police Office provincial Police Director Rolando Destura said he immediately ordered all municipal and city police units specially anti-illegal drug operatives to always preempt exchange of fire powers against drug targets following two incidents that killed drugs suspects in the province over the weekend.

The order came following two shootout incidents took place at the municipalities of Balingasag and Jasaan recently. The first incident took place Friday evening at the municipalities of Balingasag and Jasaan.

Killed in the police shooting encounter were identified as Arman Tambaloy Recamata, 48, a resident of Sitio Balagtingan, Balingasag and  Cyber Evon, a resident of Zone 6, Barangay Bugo, this city. Evon was killed during a police operation at the municipality of Jasaan, Monday dawn.

Initial investigation revealed that both suspects engaged themselves in a shootout against the police during buy-bust operations. Recovered from their possessions were short firearms after the incident.

“Per intelligence report, top priority suspects involved in the illegal drug trade are now armed with different kinds of firearms. My order to all my police operatives that they should now very careful kay armado na sila karon,” she said.

Destura said since they are now armed suspects then police operatives theorized that they are now ready to combat against any police units.

Kining uban karon nga armado kasagaran ani gikan sa prisohan. Kinahanglan nga dili kita ma-unhan,” he said.

However, Destura said police operatives are worried in every police operation because of the lack of protective gears like body armors and high-powered firearms.

PPO is now acquiring more bulletproof vests during police operation as among the top priorities they need in the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019.


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