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Drug suspect killed in police shootout

By Nora Soriño,
Iligan City Bureau Chief,
and Nene Lachica,
Correspondent

Iligan City — A joint conduct of Oplan Tokhang by the City Anti-Illegal Task Force, this city’s Public Safety Company, and personnel from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion on Wednesday morning left one drug suspect dead in its wake.

In his incident report to Acting City Director Leony Roy Ga, Chief Insp. Jasper Ian Pasco of Police Station 5 at Poblacion said drug suspect, Andy Cordega, ran out of his house and fired at them as they were approaching and fled towards the seaside at Purok 3.

Pasco said they pursued Cordega and a shootout occured.

Cordega sustained several gunshot wounds to different parts of his body that resulted to his death. The crime scene was immediately processed by the city’s Crime Lab Office.

A caliber .45 pistol, a 9mm pistol and a bag containing suspected shabu, various drug paraphernalia, a gun silencer tube, hair wig, two fired cartridge cases of caliber .45 were found in his possession.

A notebook was also found in Cordega’s possession which contained names of dead personalities. One of whom was Tata Fuentes. To recall Fuentes was the husband of the barangay chair of Saray who was summarily killed by suspects still unidentified.

Verification on Cordega revealed that he had a standing arrest warrant for frustrated murder issued by Judge Albert Abragan, Executive Judge of RTC-Branch 3, 12th Judicial Region, dated Sept. 21.

Recovered evidences are now in the custody of the city’s Crime Lab  Office while Cordega’s body was taken to a funeral parlor in the city.

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