Andrew Tuvilla, who ranked number one in the police target list of drug personalities in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, would still be alive today, if he had only complied with the appeal of the police for him to stop his illegal drug trade.
Tuvillla, alias Doydoy, and three others, were killed at 12:20 a.m. yesterday in a brief shootout with four members of the police Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group, during a buy-bust operation in Purok Casino, Brgy. Miranda, Pontevedra.
Chief Inspector Mark Anthony Darroca, who led the buy-bust operation, yesterday said Tuvilla, before his death, had been visited by the Pontevedra police at his house, in line with the PNP Oplan Tokhang campaign, urging him to end his illegal activities.
But Tuvilla did not keep his promise to the police, Darroca said.
Police investigations showed that Tuvilla, 35, allegedly supplied 60 to 70 percent of the shabu to drug users in Pontevedra, and neighboring areas in the 4th district of Negros Occidental.
The three other slain suspects were identified by the police as Ramon Lanzar Jr., alias Jun Jun, 47, of Brgy. Cambarus, Hinigaran, Monterio Jiloma, 25, who was also included in the police target list, and Leo Uberas, 38, who, according to Senior Inspector Geruld Huerva, San Enrique police chief, were also subjected earlier to their Oplan Tokhang campaign.
Jiloma and Uberas did not show up during the surrender rites in San Enrique on July 15, Huerva said.
Jiloma has involved in drug peddling activities in San Enrique, with Uberas as his alleged runner, Huerva added.
Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said yesterday that a .45 caliber pistol with two magazines containing ammunition, P46,880 in cash believed to be proceeds from the sale of prohibited drugs, 11 big sachets of suspected shabu and two other elongated sachets of shabu and its paraphernalia, a sling bag containing personal belongings, 33 assorted ammunition as well as two ammunition for a M-203 grenade launcher, and a Rouser 150cc motorcycle were recovered from Tuvilla.
A 357 Smith and Wesson revolver, two sachets of suspected shabu and its paraphernalia, and a P100 bill were recovered from Lanzar, Señoron added.
Ten more sachets of suspected shabu were also recovered from the two other slain suspects, police records also showed.*GPB
One of the four suspects, still holding a gun, who was killed in a shootout with policemen in Pontevedra.*
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