Manilenyo killed in shootout Wounded cop gets award from PNP chief


A MAN FROM Manila said to be engaged in illegal drug trade here was killed in an alleged shootout with policeman in a buy-bust operation in Quezon Boulevard around 7:50 p.m. Thursday.

The undercover police officer, wounded in the operation, got an instant award from no less than Police Director General Oscar Albayalde who visited the city yesterday.

Sr. Insp Maria Teresita Gaspan, spokesperson of Davao City Police Office (DCPO), identified the fatality as Johnny Alberio Acogido, 40, a transient resident of Isla Verde, Quezon Boulevard, Barangay 23-C, Poblacion District.

Based on his driver’s license, Acogido was from Sun Valley, Pasay City in Metro Manila.

In a report given by Gaspan, the Sta. Ana Police Precinct, led by its precinct commander Chief Insp. Michael Uyanguren, and the precinct’s Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) conducted the operation after coordinating with the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).

An undercover policeman was able to buy a sachet of shabu for P500.

When the buyer identified himself as a police officer, Acogido drew a firearm and shot the police officer.

PO3 Alvar Masher Basirul was hit in his left arm.

However, Basirul was able to return fire, hitting the suspect in his upper torso.

The suspect was immediately brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) by the responding Police Mobile 15 but died at the Emergency Room as declared by the attending physician.

The injured police officer was also brought to the SPMC to treat the bullet wound on his left arm he sustained during the operation.

Agents of the Scene of the Crime Operative (SOCO) team, led by Chief Insp Armando Galigo, recovered one caliber .38 Smith and Wesson, bearing serial number 082230, loaded with two bullets and one spent fired cartridge of cal. 38 and a fired bullet believed to be caliber .9mm.

The Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) also recovered five sachets of shabu, worth P4,500, and the P500 marked money in the suspect’s possession.

The body of the suspect now lies at the morgue of SPMC while waiting for autopsy.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Albayalde personally visited Basirul at SPMC yesterday noon.

Albayalde awarded Basirul with “Medalya ng Sugatang Magiting.”

The PNP chief reminded all the PNP operatives to be careful in conducting any operation.

“We always tell our personnel to take good care of themselves whenever they are doing operation,” Albayalde said.

Chief Insp Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office XI, said that Basirul was due for discharge yesterday after the operation.


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