3 drug suspects killed in police encounter

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2016 01:40 PM

Police killed three drug suspects in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Agustin, Trece Martires, Cavite Tuesday evening.

Among the suspects killed was Jose Basarte, alias ''Bochie'', allegedly a notorious drug pusher in the area.

According to the police, Basarte, with his two companions, were caught inside the house which also serves as a drug den.

Supt. Egbert Tibayan, chief of police of Trece Martires, said the suspects tried to fight the police during the buy-bust.

Tibayan revealed that Basarte was included in Oplan Tokhang, but he did not surrender.

On the other hand, Basarte's wife alleged that the suspects did not fire at the police.

She said that during the police operation, police told them to drop to the floor.

"Wala naman nanlaban. Tapos ako hinablot ako ng mga di naman pulis palabas tapos saka na ako nakarinig ng putok,'' she said.

(Nobody fought back. I was pulled outside by someone who was not a policeman. And then I heard shots.)

Recovered from the crime scene were three guns, three packs of suspected shabu and some drug paraphernalia.

Authorities are still investigating the identity of two other victims.

-Report from Ernie Manio, ABS-CBN News