Drug Trader Killed in Shootout After Pretending to be PDEA Agent During Buy-Bust
Anti-narcotic operatives killed a drug trader after a buy-bust operation turned into a shootout when the suspect act as Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agent.
According to PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva, the killed drug suspect was apparently posing as a PDEA agent during his illegal activities. Unfortunately, he perished after coming into contact with real law enforcement officers in Camarines Sur during the buy-bust operation.
The culprit was identified as Noel Vasquez, a resident of Barangay San Jose in Bombon town, according to the report. The suspect was allegedly slain when he got into a fight with the cops during the operation conducted against him.
According to PDEA Director Villanueva, Vasquez is one of the sources of the large supply of illegal drugs in the province. Villanueva added that Vasquez pretended to be a PDEA agent to intimidate the public as well as fellow drug traders.
Villanueva stressed that falsely representing a person of authority is a serious crime punishable by law. People like Vasquez who are openly doing their illicit activities leads to erosion of trust and confidence in PDEA, according to PDEA Director.
Meanwhile, a man was shot to death by a gunman who was pretending and dressed as a food delivery rider in Imus, Cavite. The victim who sustained a gunshot wound in the chest was killed minutes after leaving his home while riding his electric bike along Malagasang Road.
Police claimed that given the current quarantine restrictions, the gunman just pretended to be a food delivery rider. Food delivery drivers are now classified as APOR (authorized person outside residence) – persons permitted to leave their houses with the reimposed of strict quarantine rules.
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