Pampanga police forensic unit team members processing the crime scene where one of the suspects in the slaying of 2 Mabalacat police were killed during an encounter with authorities. Photo from Police Regional Office 3

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga—One of the five suspects in the murder of two Mabalacat, Pampanga anti-illegal drug police operatives was killed while three other cohorts were arrested during police hot pursuit operations against them over the weekend.  

PBGen Cesar Paasiwen, Police Regional Office 3 Director identified the killed suspect as Kiel Patrick Chua alias “Kelkel”. He was killed after police retaliated on his fires as he tried evading a police hot pursuit checkpoint while driving an unlicensed colored black motorcycle in Barangay Dau, City of Mabalacat at about 3:25 a.m. on Sunday.

Pasiwen said earlier arrested suspect Jun Jun Espiritu Baluyut, 44, a resident of Xevera Subdivision, Barangay, Tabun, City of Mabalacat admitted that Chua was one of their cohorts in killing PSMS Sofronio C Capitle Jr.,. and PSSG Dominador V. Gacusan Jr, both members of Mabalacat City Police Station Special Drug Enforcement Unit.

The arrested second suspect in the slaying of 2 Mabalacat, Pampanga police. Photo from Police Regional Office 3

At about 10 a.m. on Saturday, less than six hours after the killing of the two police officers, Baluyut with two other gang-members–Aries Espiritu Bagsic, 40, electrician, a resident of Barangay. Lakandula and Leslie Placiente, 30, an online seller and resident of Barangay Dau both in City of Mabalacat, Pampanga were arrested in hot pursuit operations in Barangay Dau.

Recovered from Chua’s possession were one . 45 calibre pistol and one motorcycle.

Two other primary suspects in the slaying of the two officers–Kenneth Flores and one alias “Pusa” are also being hunted down by the authorities after the service firearm of one of the slain cops was recovered in the roof gutter of Flores house.

The arrested third suspect in the slaying of 2 Mabalacat, Pampanga police. Photo from Police Regional Office  3

“We will have no respite until all the perpetrators are caught and even if two of our members were killed in line with our diligent efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs, still we are committed in our waging war against this menace. We will continue to be relentless in our campaign at all costs,” Pasiwen said.

Capitle and Gacusan were on board a motorcycle and traversing Daang Bakal Road in Barangay Dau at around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday when unidentified five men on board two motorcycles and wearing bonnets and long sleeves who were tailing them suddenly pounded shots on them.

Already lying on the ground unconscious, the suspects then alighted from their vehicles, walked towards them and at close range

continuously fired shots on them.