Police Regional Office 12 – Polomolok MPS Drug bust operation killed Ex PNP member and Two (2) other drug suspects.
At about 7:15 PM of March 25, 2020, joint operatives from Polomolok MPS, SCPDEU and RPDEU 12 in coordination with PDEA 12 conducted Buy-bust operation along the Farm road particularly in front of DARBC Cemetery, Brgy Cannery Site, Polomolok, South Cotabato which resulted in the neutralization of the target suspect Joel Labuen y Sembrano, 38 years old an EX-PNP member and a resident of Purok Malabarbas, Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato including his two (2) companion identified as Gary Montero y Norcos, 37 years old, married, a resident of Azucena Street, Poblacion, Polomolok, South Cotabato and certain alyas “Kokoy”.
After the transaction was consummated, before the police poseur buyer can give his prearrange signaled to the team, the target suspect noticed that the person he transacted was a police operative, Sembrano and his cohort drew their pistol and pinpointed to the team that resulted to a firefight.
Subsequently, his other companion on board of a motorcycle also drew a pistol and shoot the operating team then speed off towards Purok Aquino Gate of said Barangay and was chased by the team until he was cornered inside the Perlan compound the said place identified as the residence of the mother-in-law of the target suspect, where another shootout between the suspect and operating team ensued.
As a result, the target suspect and his two (2) companions suffered gunshot wounds and were immediately brought to Howard Hubbard Memorial Hospital Polomolok, South Cotabato t but all declared dead on arrival (DOA) by the attending physician.
The SOCO Team of RCLO 12 processed the areas of operation and recovered the following: One (1) piece Five Hundred Peso bill (Php 500.00) bearing serial number BY861974 utilize as Buy Bust money and One (1) piece heat-sealed transparent plastic sachet containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu (Buy bust item); One (1) unit Colt cal .45 with one round of ammunition, magazine inserted loaded with six (6) rounds of ammunition, Three (3) Heat-sealed transparent sachet each containing white crystalline substance of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia recovered from the possession and control of the target suspect: One (1) unit Homemade Cal.38 revolver with one (1) round of ammunition and two (2) Fired Cartridge cases from Gary Montero; One (1) unit Norinco 9mm pistol with a magazine loaded with three (3) rounds of ammunition and Three (3) pieces heat-sealed transparent sachet each containing white crystalline substance believed to be shabu from alias Kokoy.
Sembrano was assigned at Polomolok MPS before he was dismissed from the police service due to his continued involvement in illegal drug activities; the latter was also included in the IDID (Inter-Agency Drug Information Database) List.