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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 29, 2016
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‘Slain man was not surrendering'
BY GILBERT BAYORAN

Chief Inspector Ariel Pico yesterday dismissed as “speculations” claims that one of the suspects, Leo Uberas, who was killed in a shootout with operatives of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operation Task Group was raising his hands to surrender, before he was killed, in Brgy. Miranda, Pontevedra on Wednesday.

Pico, who is the Pontevedra police chief, said that the scene of incident, where the house of Andrew Tuvilla, alias Doydoy, was located, was very dark, and surrounded by trees.

How would they know that he was surrendering? he asked.

Jennifer Legaspi told ABS-CBN that the cadaver of her live-in partner, Leo Uberas, was in the position of raising his arms.

Uberas, Monterio Jiloma, Ramon Lanzar Jr, and Tuvilla, who ranked number one in the Pontevedra drug target list, died in a shootout with the police at past midnight Wednesday.

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, 33 assorted ammunition as well as two ammunition for a M-203 grenade launcher, among other items, 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, police records showed.

While reinforcing the PAIDSTG operatives, other members of the group of Tuvilla were also firing their guns, while withdrawing from the area, Pico said.

Marios Jiloma also told ABS-CBN that his son,Monterio, may have been already dead, before the police arrived. At the same time, he said the suspects that the injury sustained by his son in the breast, was a stab wound.

Marios said he also believes that the killing of his son was triggered by “revenge”, as his son-in-law, who is a policeman, was actively involved in the anti-drug campaign, in San Enrique.

He could have been a sacrificial lamb, Marios added.

Pico said the house of Tuvilla, which he claimed was being used as a drug den, has 20 exit points.

Ten more sachets of suspected shabu were also recovered from Uberas and Jiloma, who are both residents of San Enrique town, police records also showed.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, said he is still waiting for the official investigation report of the Pontevedra Police Station.*GPB

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