2 drug suspects killed in NoCot shootout

SEIZED. The guns, drugs, and paraphernalia seized from two slain suspected drug peddlers during law enforcement operations in Pikit, North Cotabato on Thursday (July 23, 2020). The suspects were killed in a shootout with the lawmen. (Photo courtesy of PDEA-12)

COTABATO CITY: Two drug suspects were killed in a shootout with law enforcers in Pikit, North Cotabato on Thursday.

Capt. Mautin Pangandigan, Pikit town police chief, said the police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-12, and Philippine Army troops were about to serve a search warrant against drug suspect Mutalib Bulod at his home in Barangay Manaulanan before dawn when a shootout transpired.

“Mutalib and his buddy, Asty Guiamalon Bulod, fired at the approaching lawmen, triggering a firefight that ended with the suspects’ death,” Pangandigan said over a local radio station Friday.

He noted that the raiding team was armed with a search warrant for illegal drug pushing issued by Judge Lily Lydia Laquindanum of Regional Trial Court Branch 24 in Midsayap, Cotabato against Mutalib.

Anti-narcotics agents have seized 40 sachets of shabu, shabu paraphernalia, an M-16 rifle, two grenade launchers, a shotgun, and two fragmentation grenades from Mutalib’s house. 

(Edwin Fernandez/PNA/SRNY/RSP)

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