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Iloilo SB secretary shot in buy-bust op

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The Sangguniang Bayan secretary of the municipality of Sara, Iloilo was shot dead in a buy-bust operation yesterday.

According to the Iloilo Police Provincial Office’s Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEU), James “Jaguar” Balsomo III put up a fight.

With three gunshot wounds on the chest, Balsomo was taken to The Medical City in Iloilo City for treatment.

The buy-bust took place in Barangay Antonio Yusay.

A PDEU asset purchased a big sachet of shabu for P50,000, said Police Major Jonathan Pinuela.

Balsomo pulled out a .45 pistol and fired it upon realizing he was being entrapped but failed to hit the asset, said the PDEU chief. Policemen on standby shot Balsomo.

Pinuela said Balsomo was identified with the Odicta drug group’s Balume subgroup.

“After we received reports that he was engaged in illegal drugs not only in Sara but also in neighboring towns, we placed him under surveillance,” he added.

Aside from the .45 pistol, a .38 revolver was also recovered from the suspect.