GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Two alleged drug personages on the so-called "narco-list" of President Rodrigo R. Duterte were killed in a meeting with anti-drug workers in a village here on Saturday night.
Chief Supt. Eliseo Rasco, regional police commissioner, said that the meeting during two major quests in Barangay Fatima took place here against three targeted drug personages, including a policeman who had been assigned to Maguindanao province.
He identified the killed suspects as Juliet Sepi Bitayo, 46, and Norwegians Balawag Apil, 54, both residents of Ondok Gawan Road, Purok 16 in Barangay Fatima.
Rasco said the two opposition to arrest and engaged agents in a gunfight during a search in the area around 10:20 am.
The suspects were rushed to the Dr. Jorge P. Royeca Hospital, but were declared dead on arrival by attending physicians, he said.
Rasco said that the search warrant, issued by Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16, Judge Emmanuel Carpio, focused primarily on Bitayo for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
Apil was listed as Bitayo's cohort and reportedly on the drug guards of the area.
"Bitayo was a target drug personality of level 1, while Apil was listed under level 2 on the basis of the president's Narco list," said Rasco.
The operational team consisted of common elements of the intelligence department of the police regional police 12, the police enforcement unit of the city police force, the city mobile service company, the city information department and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) – Region 12.
During the search two caliber .38 revolvers were loaded with ammunition, a Norinco .45 caliber gun with a loaded magazine, a medium-sized plastic package and six square-shaped plastic sachets with presumably metamphetamine hydrochloride or "shabu".
In another search, Rasco said that the team confiscated suspicious shabu, firearms, ammunition and a grenade in the house of PO1 Michael Sepi in the same village.
He said Sepi, who is assigned to the provincial office of the Maguindanao police, is a brother of Juliet Bitayo and reportedly "one of her guardians."
Retrieved from the policeman's house were a caliber .38 dung revolver, a caliber .38 revolver in a holster, three caliber .38 live bullets and an empty dish, a fragmentation grenade and 13 rectangular and square-shaped plastic bags containing suspect shabu.
"He (PO1 Sepi) was not present during the operation and is currently in general," said the police officer.
Operations arrested the cousin of the policeman, Yasser Sepi Sumail, 25, who was in the house during the robbery.
Rasco said the search was carried out by Barangay Fatima officials and a media employee.
He said that they had sent the seized illegal drugs to the PDEA-12 laboratory for good research and valuation.
Sepi and Sumail are accused of possessing dangerous drugs and illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives, he added. (PNA)