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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Eastern Pangasinan Special Enforcement Team (EPSET) office was bombed by unidentified assailants following an operation that resulted in the death of a notorious drug pusher.
PDEA Director General Undersecretary Jose S. Gutierrez, Jr. condemned the attack that happened on the evening of August 2, 2012, calling it a cowardly and dastardly act.
Authorities suspect it was in retaliation for the death of suspect Asis Hadji Modior of Barangay Camantiles, Urdaneta City in Pangasinan.
Modior was killed after he allegedly opened fire on undercover agents who were about to arrest him while in the act of selling a sachet of shabu to a PDEA poseur buyer.
The exchange of gunfire lasted for 10 minutes. Modior died from a gunshot wound to the head.
Agents recovered plastic sachets containing shabu, Modior’s mobile phone allegedly used in his illegal drug transactions and one .45 caliber pistol.
At around 9:00 PM of Thursday evening, an unidentified explosive device was detonated in front of the PDEA EPSET office located at Barangay Bayaoas, Urdaneta City.
No casualties or injuries were sustained by any members of the PDEA-EPSET. According to the CCTV footage, the improvised explosive device was thrown by a man on board a motorcycle.
Director General Gutierrez ordered Director Roybel M Sanchez, Regional Director of PDEA Regional Office I to conduct a thorough investigation in collaboration with the Urdaneta City Police.