1 killed in Kili-kili village drug bust

Posted at 01/10/12 3:40 PM

Use the plus sign and arrows on the upper left to scroll and zoom in to view Barangay Kili-kili, Lanao del Sur

MANILA, Philippines – A suspected drug pusher was killed in a buy-bust operation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the military in Lanao del Sur Monday morning.

The suspect, who was only identified as “Mike”, was shot dead by PDEA agents and members of the Charlie Company of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion after he fired shots at them in Barangay Kili-kili, Wao town at around 10 a.m.

It was not specified if the barangay was Kili-kili East or Kili-kili West.

Mike’s companions Baulo Untawar and Tochi Cagas were injured in the exchange of fire that lasted for about 15 minutes.

Authorities also arrested Mike’s companions, identified as Minda Untawar, Khadafi Nimbalauag Macarambon and Bucari Abubacar. Another suspect identified as Alinor Macainas, meanwhile, eluded arrest.

Anti-illegal drug agents seized 8 sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and a 9 millimeter pistol from the suspects.

PDEA Director Jose Gutierrez said the anti-illegal drug agents who conducted the operation were lucky to have escaped unharmed, considering the presence of private armed groups in the area.

"We are fortunate that we did not have any casualties on our side," Gutierrez said, in a statement.

Meanwhile, 34-year-old Rolly Sarino was arrested Monday evening in Barangay Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City for possessing 2 packs of dried marijuana and a sachet of shabu.

Authorities suspect he was supposed to sell the drugs to some students and tricycle drivers in the area.

The PDEA said in 2011, it neutralized 3 shabu "tiangges" and 19 drug dens in Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Marawi. – with a report from Lorenzo Luzon, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao