February 29, 2024

Shootout leaves ex-cop turned drug peddler, pal dead

By Justine Rich Talusan

A FORMER policeman in Bicol and a companion on Thursday night were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into a gunfight in Naga City.

 Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group  director Brig. Gen. Narciso D. Domingo  identified one of  the slain suspects as Albert Gumba alias “Ambe,” a former member of the Lupi Municipal Police Station.

The second suspect is yet to be identified.

 Operatives of the PNP-DEG Special Operations Unit 5 spearheaded the operation in Bgy. San Isidro in Naga City past 11 p.m. Thursday.

 The suspects sensed the entrapment and pulled out their guns and started shooting, prompting back-up operatives to return fire.

Gumba and his companion died on the spot.

Recovered at the clash site one plastic packet containing seven grams of shabu worth P47,600,  the buy-bust money topped by a marked P1,000 bill, and two loaded cal. .45 semi-automatic pistols.

 The suspects’ motorcycle without plate number  was impounded by the  police.