5 suspected criminals killed in shootout with cops in Pampanga

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Police in Pampanga killed 4 riding-in-tandem suspects in a shootout late night Monday, March 11, regional police announced on Tuesday, March 12.

According to the police statement, some 4 men aboard two motorcycles were ordered to stop at a checkpoint in Barangay Dila-dila in Santa Rita town but they just ignored the police.

They allegedly did the same with another checkpoint they came across in the town. (READ: PNP's next target: 'Riding-in-tandem' shooters)

"Joint teams conducted hot pursuit operation leading to a brief exchange of fire resulting to the wounding of the suspects who were rushed to Diosdado Macapagal Hospital, Guagua, Pampanga," the statement read.

The 4, however, were pronounced dead on arrival. Cops said they recovered 4 pistols from the suspects: a caliber-.38 revolver, and 3 caliber-.45 pistols. (READ: Central Luzon: New killing fields in Duterte's drug war)

"As we continue to intensify our aggressive anti-illegal drugs campaign, we also keep on maximizing our anti-criminality efforts especially on motorcycle riding suspects to put a stop if not prevent nefarious activities of these lawless elements," Central Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel said.

Also on March 11, police killed a drug suspect who allegedly fired at them as they prepared to serve him a search warrant in Barangay San Joaquin in Sta Ana town, Pampanga.

According to police, the suspect, Gary Tungol, ran to the back of his home upon seeing them and reportedly fired towards them. The policemen shot back and killed Tungol in the process. 

Police said they found 15 small plastic sachets of shabu, a .45 caliber M1911 pistol loaded with live bullets, 5 spent shells, and three magazines loaded with 40 live bullets for ad .45 caliber from the scene. 

Suspect killed in Nueva Ecija buy-bust

In Barangay Matadero, Gapan City in Nueva Ecija  policemen shot dead a suspect during a buy-bust operation on March 12.

A police report said that the suspect, Greggy Liwag, was on board a motorcycle with an unidentified companion when the two sold P500 worth of shabu to an undercover cop.

After the the cop made a gesture to signal to his colleagues, Liwag allegedly drew a gun and fired but missed. 

The police fired at the suspect and killed him while his cohort was able to escape on board the motorcycle.

Police said they recovered the P500 marked bill, a .38 caliber revolver, and a sachet of shabu from the slain suspect. 

In February, Angeles City policemen killed another drug suspect, Alex Minalang, in a buy-bust operation at Barangay Anunas in the city. Like the other cases, the suspect allegedly shot at the undercover cop who bought shabu from him, but missed, and was killed during the shootout. – With a report from Jun Malig/Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.