By JOEY NACALABAN
and Shiela Mae Butlig
POLICE shot and killed a public jeepney barker during a supposed buy-and-bust operation in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, yesterday morning.
Chief Insp. Allan Oniana, Tagoloan police chief, identified the dead barker as 39-year-old Rolando Daapong a.k.a. Andot of Zone 5, Tin-ao, Agusan, this city.
Oniana said the operation was made at around 1 am at Zone 1, Sta. Cruz.
“Nakamatikud ang biktima nga pulis iyang ka-transact mao tong mibunot sa iyang armas ug namusil dala dagan palayo,” Oniana said.
Oniana said Daapong fired the revolver four times but did not hit any target. “Sa iyang upat ka bala, isa ra ang nibuto, nag-miss ang iyang bala.”
He said the police fired back, hitting Daapong thrice in the chest. Daapong was declared dead in a hospital.
Oniana said Daapong had seven sachets of suspected shabu, a P500-buy-and-bust money, a caliber .38 revolver with a bullet. Police claimed to have also found five spent bullets.
The victim’s father Narciso said his son was into drugs but said he doubted that Daapong owned a gun.
“Talawan man to, di man to kahibalo mugamit og pusil busa sure gyud ko di siya tag-iya adto nga pusil,” Narciso said. “Ako man to sigi og advise-an nga moundang na kay Duterte na karon daghan na gipang salvage.”
Daapong was the second to be killed in a narcotics operation in Tagoloan since January.
Oniana said the victim had been convicted of robbery and malicious mischief, and had been released from Davao Penal Colony two years ago. He said one of the victims was former Cagayan de Oro broadcaster Susan Palmes-Dennis who lost her belongings to the ex-convict years ago.