ILIGAN City–A 50-year old father died while his son was arrested in a drug buybust operation, Monday afternoon, October 7, in Barangay Poblacion, in Marawi City.
Colonel Thomas Pantaleon, chief of Marawi City Police, said Bokhari Alawi, his 19-year old, Salharie and two others, who were able to escape, were the targets of the operation jointly conducted with the Lanao del Sur Drug Enforcement Unit, other units of the Philippine National Police and the Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion.
Bokhawi sensed that he was dealing with a police asset that he drew his pistol and exchanged fire with authorities that cause his death.
Pantaleon, in a phone interview with the Inquirer, said the Alawi father and son were under surveillance for months but police was able to get confidential agent just recently.
“Matagal na kaming nakatanggap ng info (that the two are on drug trade) pero kahapon (October 6) lang kami nakahanap ng confidential agent an customer/suki nila,” Pantaleon said in a text message.
Operatives recovered from the scene a caliber 38 revolver loaded with four bullets, nine sachets of believed to be shabu and the one-thousand peso buybust money.
The arrested suspect is now in a custody of Marawi police while charges in violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act and RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunitions are being prepared against him.