By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga


Hours before being killed in a firefight with members of the New People’s Army (NPA), Guihulngan City police chief, Police Superintendent Arnel Arpon, arrested a suspected drug pusher in a buy-bust operation at Sitio Bateria, Barangay Poblacion, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, late Thursday evening.

Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Ireneo De Asis Traiga, a resident of Barangay Calamba in the said city.

In an official report, authorities arrested Traiga after he handed one sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop, in exchange for P500.

A search of the suspect further yielded one additional sachet of suspected shabu, the P500 marked money, and a black motorcycle.

Traiga faces charges for possession and sale of illegal drugs and is currently detained at the Guihulngan City Police Station./DGB, WDJ