1 person killed, 80 arrested in 5th anti-criminality drive

THE MAJOR anti-criminality clearing operation of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), which begun on Sept. 23 and ended yesterday, netted about 80 persons with arrest warrants and killed one high-value target.

 Sr. Insp. Maria Theresa Gaspan, DCPO spokesperson, said the six-day operation was the fifth major anti-criminality clearing operation of their office since Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum took over as the city director six months ago.

 Those netted, she said, have arrest warrants, whose cases mostly involved violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act. The killed suspect’s case also involved illegal drugs.

 Suspect Pango Beruar was killed by the police at 1:45 am yesterday in Abayon Village, Calinan as he first attacked the authorities. He was considered as a high-value target under the watch list of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

Personnel of the Toril Police Station and the Intelligence Branch served the search warrant against Beruar.

 “In the course of operation, the suspect fired upon the operatives using a .357 pistol. Thereafter, the operatives retaliated, which resulted to the neutralization of the suspect and apprehension of his cohort identified as Abdul Beruar,” the report from DCPO bared.

Recovered from the suspect and his cohort’s possession were 18 sachets of suspected shabu with market value of P60,000, one piece fragmentation hand grenade, one piece cal. 357 pistol loaded with four live ammunitions, two empty shells, one live ammunition of cal.357 and three live ammunition of cal.45 pistol.

 The major anti-criminality clearing operation was in partnership with the regional offices of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Maritime Group, Aviation Security Unit, Regional Crime Laboratory Office, Highway Patrol Group, PDEA, National Bureau of Investigation, Task Force Davao (TFD), Regional Public Safety Battalion, Crime Investigation and Detection Group and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency.

 These were 400 security personnel and supported by two patrol boats from PCG, three sea patrol assets from TFD and two mobile ambulances from Central 911.

 The last major anti-criminality clearing operation was on Aug. 26-Sept. 1, when the authorities arrested about 90 persons and also killed one suspect. KMF