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Dumaguete City, Philippines Saturday, July 2, 2016
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‘Number 1 pusher'
killed in shootout

The alleged number 1 drug pusher in Negros Oriental was killed during an anti-illegal drugs operation yesterday morning in Barangay Calindagan, Dumaguete City, where about P350,000 in suspected shabu and illegal drugs paraphernalia were seized.

The fatality was identified as Lito Entera Belandres, alias Lito Paye, who police say originally hailed from Cebu City and has “unverified connection” with the alleged drug lord Jeffrey “Jaguar” Diaz, who also died in a police operation in Las Piñas, Metro Manila, recently.

An initial police report said that at around 8:15 a.m., police operatives served a search warrant against Belandres at his residence in Purok Mansanitas, Sitio Canday-ong in Barangay Calindagan.

Belandres is listed as the “Top 1 drug pusher” in Negros Oriental, Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations Task Group of the Philippine National Police, said.

Belandres allegedly resisted arrest and engaged the police in a shootout, which led to his death. Police recovered an estimated 50 grams of suspected shabu from the suspect, he added.

Belandres is an alleged Level 2 drug pusher, who can dispose of 200 grams to a kilogram of shabu per week.

He was declared dead on arrival at the Holy Child Hospital in Dumaguete.

Provincial Intelligence Branch head, Chief Insp. Benedick Poblete, said the PIB and Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group operatives, supervised by acting Dumaguete police chief, Supt. Jovito Atanacio, were about to serve the search warrant to Belandres, issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Gerardo Paguio Jr., when the suspect attempted to fire at them.

Poblete said his men were briefed earlier that the subject is armed and dangerous, being the number one drug personality in Negros Oriental, and with operations in Cebu and Bohol provinces.

Records showed that Belandres had served several years in jail for illegal possession of shabu in 2009.

Recovered from the suspect was a .38 caliber revolver with five live ammunition, and from his house were 22 heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets of suspected shabu, with Dangerous Drugs Board value of P350,000, illegal drugs paraphernalia, and assorted Apple tablets.*JFP/JG


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