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Suspected drug pusher slain after Davao mayor’s warning

DAVAO CITY – Less than 24 hours following Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s warning against those involved in illegal drug, a suspected drug pusher was gunned down by police Tuesday afternoon.

The slain suspect was identified as Armanuel Atienza, alias Bebs, 38, of Barangay 34-D. He was also a member of barangay police.

Atienza was caught handing over one sachet of shabu for P500 to a buyer in Barangay 33-D. Instead of surrendering, Atienza pulled out a .38-caliber revolver from his sling bag and aimed it at arresting officers from the San Pedro police station.

Police also arrested the buyer, identified as Leo Julius Monterola Legaspi, 36, and a resident of Sasa, Davao City.

Recovered at the crime scene were seven transparent sachets containing suspected shabu, the P500 money, the .38-caliber gun with two fired cartridges and three live bullets and three partially opened plastic sachets with traces of suspected shabu.

On Monday during a command conference he called at the Grand Men Seng Hotel here, Duterte warned drug pushers to leave Davao City within 48 hours.

“I’m warning you. I’m giving you 48 hours, those who distribute illegal drugs in Boulevard to the coastal areas. Pag nakita ko kayo papatayin ko kayo dito, believe me,” Duterte said.