Rowen Secretaria

The police have killed 3 drug suspects in a shootout, officials said Sunday, May 29, the latest such deaths after the election of tough anti-crime firebrand Rodrigo Duterte as president.

Police were called to the home of a suspected drug dealer on the tiny island of Banacon in Bohol before dawn Saturday when gunfire broke out between the suspect and police, leaving the accused and 3 associates injured.

The accused drug trafficker Rowen Secretaria and two unidentified men were pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, while the 4th was treated for gunshot wounds, local police officer Roel Lagora told Agence France-Presse.

“The armed men shot at the raiding team several times, prompting the latter to defend themselves and return fire,” Lagora told Agence France-Presse by telephone, reading an official account of the incident.

Filipino police have killed 12 other drug suspects across the country in the past week, while unknown gunmen murdered two other men linked by police to illegal drugs.

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