DUMAGUETE CITY – A suspected drug personality was shot dead Tuesday in Dumaguete City while two other suspected drug pushers were arrested in the municipality of Amlan, all in Negros Oriental, also on the same day.
An initial police report identified the victim as a certain Carl Bryan Catan, a resident of San Jose Extension in Dumaguete City, and an Information Technology student of Foundation University.
Catan, 24, was shot by unidentified suspects around 3:45 p.m. in Barangay Candauay, Dumaguete. He is the third person to be killed in Dumaguete this year in relation to the illegal drugs problem, the police said.
Responding policemen recovered a small weighing scale, plastic sachets, a tooter and other alleged shabu paraphernalia.
Catan was rushed to the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physicians.
Val Catan, the victim’s father, in an interview, said he could not comment on the alleged involvement of his son in the illegal drugs trade.
The father said his son was a good child and used to work at a call center before returning to school.
Meanwhile, joint operatives of the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Amlan police arrested close to noontime Tuesday in a buy bust operation two suspected drug pushers.
They were identified as Jomar Seit Tubil and Richard Cadavis, both residents of Bio-os, Amlan.
An early police report said Tubil and Cadavis were arrested around 11:35 a.m. along the national highway after they allegedly sold suspected shabu to an undercover agent.
Recovered from the suspects were two transparent plastic sachets containing suspected shabu and a P500 marked bill used during the buy-bust transaction.
The suspects are now detained as charges for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act are to be filed against them Wednesday. (PNA)