A self-confessed pusher was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Panglao and a drug suspect recentlyÂ includedÂ in the police watch list was arrested by authorities of the said town Wednesday night, July 27, 2016.
The slain alleged pusher, 40-year-old Andres Bonite of Brgy. Poblacion, Panglao, recently yielded to Panglao police for drug peddling but reportedly remained involved in drug activities.
Police investigation indicated that the victim and his wife just got off their motorcycle when the gunman approached and shot him multiple times hitting him twice in his back and once in the leg and head, right above his left eye.
The suspect then sped off after boarding a motorcycle driven by an also unidentified companion.
Bonite and his wife were reportedly on their way to a pharmacy to buy medicine for their child.
Senior Insp, Jomar Pomarejos, Panglao police chief, said that the victim previously vowed to end his drug involvement but continued to peddle drugs and encountered conflict with an associate in the drug trade.
Police are considering the rift as a possible motive behind his killing.
Meanwhile, a security guard identified as Joel â€œJojoâ€ Agan, a resident of Barangay Bolod in the same town, was arrested along with a companion in a buy-bust operation.
Agan, who was newly identified as an alleged pusher, was immediately collared by Panglao authorities after he sold P500 worth of suspected shabu to a police poseur-buyer.
The suspect was with alleged user Albert Canete, a tattoo artist living in Barangay Tawala, who was also apprehended during the operation.
Operatives recovered three packs of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia from Agan and one pack from Canete.
Pomarejos said that they had just recently pinpointed Agan as a pusher operating in Panglao whose buyers are mostly tourists.
The two suspects are currently detained at a lockup jail in the Panglao police station pending the filing of charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 against them. (Willy Maestrado)