CEBU - A suspected drug lord in Leyte was shot dead during a police operation in a subdivision in Lawaan, Talisay City Sunday afternoon.
Central Visayas Intelligence Division Chief, Sr. Supt. Jonathan Cabal, identified the suspect as Robert "Tata" Dagting, an alleged leader of a drug group based in Eastern Visayas.
Cabal confirmed that Dagting ranked third in the list of high-value targets in Region 8.
The joint operation between authorities in Central and Eastern Visayas was supposed to serve the Warrant of Arrest against Dagting, issued by Southern Leyte Regional Trial Court Judge Jacinto Elle of Branch 39.
A week-long surveillance confirmed that Dagting is renting a house in the subdivision.
Cabal said Dagting resisted by trying to elude arrest and pointing a calibre .45 firearm at the operatives.
Initial investigation reveals that Dagting has been going in and out of Cebu since he managed to buy some properties in the province.