CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – A drug suspect was killed in an anti-drug operation on September 25 at Purok Matinahuron, Alojado Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
At around 10:30 in the morning combined government operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 12, Polomolok PNP and 5th Special Force Battalion engaged in an encounter with the drug suspect identified as Elesis Abayon Gazar.
The suspect drew his gun and opened fire at the arresting team. This prompted the government forces to shoot back to neutralize the suspect. Gazar was wounded and rushed by Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) rescue personnel to the nearest hospital for medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Maj. Gen. Juvymax R. Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Central lauded the efforts of the army troops of the 5th Special Force Battalion for their continuous support to Law Enforcement Operations.