ORMOC CITY– A buy-bust operation in the town of Merida, Leyte province on Tuesday (March 21) resulted in the death of the subject of the operation with operatives recovered illegal drugs from the suspect valued at P30,000.

The suspect, Rodcir Maraviles, a resident of Barangay Libertad, Ormoc City reportedly drew his firearm to the operatives who retaliated which resulted in his death, report from the regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police(PNP) based in Palo town, Leyte, said.
The report said that operatives from the regional drug enforcement unit of the PNP together with the local police of Merida conducted the sting operation against the suspect at Brgy.Poblacion, Merida at about 4:40 pm Tuesday.

One of the anti-narcotics agents, acting as a buyer-poseur, bought a sachet of suspected shabu from the suspect.

After the transaction was made, the police government agents ran toward the suspect, who reportedly drew his gun and fired at them.

The police officers, in return, fired back, hitting him in the different parts of his body.
The suspect was brought to the Ormoc District Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival by the doctor who attended him.

Maraviles was said to be a high-value target and ranked number two among the regional top priority targets on illegal drugs.