Four men believed to be members of a major drug trafficking ring were shot dead during an anti-narcotics operation that yielded at least 272 million pesos worth of shabu in Taguig City before Christmas.
Christopher Ocarol, alias Riking, Allan Catalan and two other unidentified suspects were killed in what police said was a shootout along C-6 Road in Barangay Napindan at around 5:35 a.m.
Taguig police chief Colonel Celso Rodriguez said the sting was launched by operatives of the National Capital Region Police Office Drug Enforcement Group and the city police.
According to a police report, the suspects were allegedly running a major drug trafficking route that links Metro Manila and Central Visayas.
Probers said they recovered from the suspects around 40 kilos of shabu. Each kilo was stuffed in a package labeled as Chinese tea.
Prior to the shootout, the suspects allegedly sold a kilo of shabu to a police officer who posed as a buyer.