Basher Bangon, a top-level drug personality from Cagayan de Oro City and the leader of the Basher Drug Group was killed in a shootout together with another suspect, Danilo Untavar, while 2 others were arrested during the simultaneous buy-bust operations last September 9, 2021 conducted by combined drug law enforcement units in Cavite. Some two hundred and twenty nine (229) kilograms of shabu worth around P1.58 billion were seized.

In a press release, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Wilkins M Villanueva said that on September 9, 2021 at around 9:27 PM a buy-bust operation was conducted at Block 6, Lot 16 Springville Executive 1 Molino 3, Bacoor, Cavite against Basher P Bangon, 50 years old, from Cagayan de Oro City and Danilo T Untavar, 51 years old from Datu Esmael, Dasmarinas, Cavite. In the course of the transaction, the suspects opened fire on the operatives, which resulted in an armed encounter that led to the death of Bangon and Untavar. Recovered were 1 kilogram of shabu (subject of the buy-bust) and another 180 kilograms in the immediate vicinity of the operation. Also recovered were 2 pistols and 2 identification cards. Reports state Bangon has direct contact with Chinese drug syndicates and his main market are the Visayas and Mindanao areas.

Meanwhile at around 9:15 PM a buy-bust operation was conducted at Block 6, Lot 2, Topacio Street, Phase 8, Barangay Magdalo, Bahayang Pag-asa, Imus, Cavite which led to the arrest of Lani B Micoleta, 45 years old and Aldwin M Micoleta, 47 years old. Seized evidence were more or less forty eight (48) kilograms; one (1) mobile phone; two (2) identification cards; two (2) Metrobank Savings Pass Books; one (1) wallet and the boodle money.

DG Villanueva added that these operations are still part of Case Operational Plan “Whisperer” which is supervised by ASec Gregorio R Pimentel, Deputy Director General for Operations and supported by the PDEA Intelligence and Investigation Service under Director Adrian G Alvarino.

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