High-value target killed, 4 cohorts nabbed in Talisay
Operatives seize more than P600K worth of illegal drugs
A suspected high-value target was killed while four others believed to be his cohorts were arrested in a buy-bust operation on Tuesday morning in Sitio Mangga, Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City.
Senior Insp. Alejandro Batobalonos who led the buy-bust operation jointly conducted by the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) and the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU) of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) identified the lone fatality as Junie Macaraya a.k.a. “Clay” of Talisay City.
Confiscated from the suspects were 53.2 grams of suspected shabu with a street value of P627, 760.
Batobalonos said that during the buy-bust operation, Macaraya might have sensed that he was dealing with policemen and decided to shoot it out with the operatives.
Batobalonos said that his men had no choice but to fire back hitting the suspect in different parts of his body.
Macaraya was immediately brought to the hospital but never made it alive.
Those arrested were identified as Engilie Cosep, 30, of Sitio Molave, Barangay Lagtang; Eusebio Abalo, 49, single and a resident of Sitio Acasia; Edison Abarquez, 34, of Barangay Jaclupan, Talisay City and 23-year-old Edu Manzano of Sitio Sagingan, Barangay Lawaan.
Manzano, however, said that he is not an accomplice of Macaraya although he admitted that sometimes the latter would ask him to deliver something.
He told CDN that he has no idea what the deliveries were.
Meanwhile, Supt. Janette Rafter, CPPO Public Information Officer, said that they still cannot explain why illegal drugs remain rampant in Talisay but assured that they will never stop until the last drug pusher is put behind bars.
Macaraya, who was believed to obtain his supply of illegal drugs from drug lord Jerome Labitad, was the sixth Talisay City-based drug personality killed this year.
The others included Reynaldo Sencil who was killed in a raid conducted by the Regional Special Operations Group 7; P03 Ryan Quiamco who was killed in a shootout with operatives; Steve Go who was gunned down by a fellow high-risk inmate inside the Mandaue City Jail; Lagtang Barangay Captain Ferdinand Bas whose bullet-riddled body was found inside his rented house in Sibonga town, south Cebu and former PO3 Michael Cortes who died in an ambush while on his way home to Barangay
Biasong, Talisay City.
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