CEBU CITY -- A 32-year-old most wanted personality in a drug-infested barangay in Talisay City, died after engaging the policemen serving a warrant of arrest at his mansion in Camotes island in a shootout on Friday.
Police Senior Insp. Alejandro Batobalonos of the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) identified the fatality as Perlito Baguio Brion Jr., a resident of Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City.
Another man identified as Floriano Manalon Mag-aso, 60, resident of Sitio Panaghiusa, San Nicolas in this city, who was in the vicinity when the shootout occurred also died in the process. The police is yet to know the circumstances of Mag-aso’s presence at Brion’s house.
Armed with search warrant issued by Talisay City Regional Trial Court Branch 65 Judge Glenda Go, the operatives from the PIB, accompanied by the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CCPO) Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), and Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG), went to the two-story mansion of Brion located in Sitio Yellowville, Barangay San Jose in the town of Poro, Camotes, some 52-kilometers from this city, before dawn.
Judge Go issued the warrant against Brion for violation of Section 5 of Art II of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
In a phone interview, Batobalonos told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that when the police operatives were about to serve the warrant of arrest to Brion, a shootout ensued. “We observed the rules of engagement. The subjects (Brion and Mag-aso) fired their weapon at us,” Batobalonos said.
Brion and Mag-aso were brought to San Francisco District Hospital in the neighboring town of San Francisco but were declared dead on arrival.
“Brion is a high-valued target considering that the authorities in Cebu were looking for him for drug charges. He went missing, until we receive reports that he transferred in Camotes island,” Batobalonos said.
Batobalonos said Brion was living with his 26-year-old common-law wife, Rizalyn Donaire, in a 110-square meter lush property in Sitio Yellowville, Barangay San Jose, Poro, Camotes Island when they served the warrant.
Poro Police Chief, Inspector Ernesto Pepito Jr., said the police operatives recovered a .45 caliber pistol and one .38 caliber revolver from the possession of Brion and Mag-aso, respectively. The police said these guns may be the weapons used by the duo in the shootout. (PNA)
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