A drug bust in Wao, Lanao del Sur, resulted to shoot-out Monday morning, killing one suspect and wounding three others, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Tuesday.

Jose Gutierrez, PDEA chief, said the fatality was identified only as a certain Mike while those wounded were Baulo Ontawar, Tochi Cagas, and an alias Ulo.

Three other “drug personalities,” identified as Minda Ontawar alias Inang, Kadaffy Mimbalawag, and Bocari Abubakar, were arrested after the 15-minute gunbattle in Brgy. Kili-kili, Gutierrez said in a statement.

Members of PDEA’s Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Office and the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion were conducting a buy-bust operation when collaborators of the targets engaged the operatives in a firefight, he said.

The barangay is considered as an “untouchable area” in Lanao del Sur because of the existence of private armed groups there, Gutierrez said. (John Roson)

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