Hired killer targeting politicians slain in Laguna shootout

Published January 10, 2019, 5:41 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Danny Estacio

CAMP RIZAL, Sta. Cruz, Laguna –  A member of gun-for-hire targeting politicians in Batangas, Quezon, and Laguna was killed by police in an anti-drug operation in Bay town.

The police report identified the suspect as  Ruel Bedonia de Chavez, 41, a resident of Barangay Paciano Rizal, Bay. He was a member of Batang Kubo/Bantugon group of killers for hire and drug traffickers.

Bedonia was also a newly iden­tified drug personality in Bay, the report said.

Last Wednesday a joint buy-bust operation was conducted under the su­pervision of Chief Insp. Ryan Jay Orapa, Chief Insp. Arlen Abastillas, Bay police station  OIC, together with Provincial Intelligence Branch and Provincial Drugs Enforcement Unit Laguna Police Provincial Office in Barangay Masaya.

The Bay Police Station said Bedonia sold illegal drugs to an officer posing as a buyer. In the middle of the transac­tion, the suspect suddenly fired at the officer after sensing that he was a law enforcer. The officer fired back, killing the suspect on the spot.

Recovered from Bedonia were three sachets of shabu, ammunition and a motorcycle.

In Pagsanjan, another notorious drug pusher identified as Rey Agawin, 40, was killed by joint Laguna Provincial Intelligence Branch/Drugs Enforce­ment Team and Pagsanjan Municipal Police Station led by Sr. Insp. Serafin Gapuan following a brief firefight.

Police said that suspect was ar­rested before on drug charges and was on probation after pleading on a lesser offense.