Davao City Police Office spokesperson Senior Inspector Catherine Dela Rey. (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)

Davao City Police Office spokesperson Senior Inspector Catherine Dela Rey. (Paulo C. Rizal/davaotoday.com)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A former village police personnel was gunned down Tuesday evening during a buy-bust operation conducted by police authorities as part of the anti-drug campaign Oplan Double Barrel Alpha.

Senior Inspector Catherine Dela Rey, Davao City Police Office spokesperson, said in a press conference Wednesday that the suspect was identified as Jomar Paler, a resident of Catalunan Peqeuno.

Paler, a habal-habal driver, figured in a gun fight with police operatives during buy-bust operation at Rosalina Village, Bago Gallera.  Police authorities said that Paler sold to an asset one piece of sealed transparent plastic sachet of shabu for P500.

Recovered from the crime scene were: one piece big size heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing shabu, one piece medium size shabu, two pieces elongated transparent plastic containing shabu, one piece MK2 fragmentation grenade, one unit of Honda RS- black/Red single motorcycle without plate number and one unit of Nokia cellphone.

Between October to November 15, there were a total of 313 houses visited during “Oplan Tokhang” while 37 drug user voluntarily surrendered to the police, 457 were arrested in buy-bust operations and 41 were neutralized.

‘Oplan Tokhang’ in schools

Meanwhile, Dela Rey said the PNP has yet to issue a guideline to bring Oplan Tokhang in schools.

“There is still no guidelines from the proposal on visitation of schools,” she said, adding that anti-illegal drug symposium has been intensified to educate the students about the government’s war on drugs.

According to Dela Rey, DCPO City Director Sr. Supt. Michael John Dubria gave a mandate to each police station to conduct eight visitations a day.

“The police stations here are now complying on the given quota of the City director but as of now we haven’t received yet the reports since the phase two of the operation will end on December 31,” she said. (davaotoday.com)

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