By JOEY P. NACALABAN
A tobacco trader was shot and killed by authorities during a police operation in Laguindingan town.
Senior Supt. Rolando Destura, Provincial police director in Misamis Oriental, identified the suspect as Mervin Nara, 41, a resident of Zone 2, Barangay Sinay, Laguindingan.
Destura said prior to the incident joint elements of the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) headed by Chief Insp. Esperidion Viado and Laguindingan police served a search warrant to the house of Nara at about 11 pm Thursday.
“Pero sa dihang pagkakita niya (Nara) nga mga police, mikuha kini sa iyang pusil ug namusil og una sa awtoridad,” Destura said.
However, Nara was not able to hit any of the operatives when he fired his gun at the police.
The police fired back at the victim hitting the latter in the chest and died.
Destura said the raiding team rushed the victim to the nearest hospital only to be declared dead.
Taken from Nara’s possession were eight rectangular heat-sealed cellophane containing suspected shabu, a .38 caliber revolver, and three empty bullet cartriges.
But Michelle, Nara’s daughter, said his father’s handgun is a .45 pistol.
“Ang pusil sa akong papa .45 man nganong tayaon naman na ang gi presentar sa police,” she said.
She said his father who had been separated from her mother, had never been involved with illegal drugs but only busied himself in tobacco trading.
She said the victim had just arrived home from Zamboanga where he used to deliver his tobacco.
Destura said the victim was in the drug watchlist and had been the subject of surveilance for months.
Destura said the police will continue to intensify their operations against illegal drugs.
“Ang ako lang unta dili sila manukol para dili sila mangamatay,” Destura said.