The Spanish surfer Diego Bello Lafuente, 32, was killed in a shooting on the Philippine island of Siargao during a drug operation. The Philippine Police maintain that Bello was a drug dealer, carrying 10 grams of cocaine and 30,000 Philippine pesos in marked bills. “It was an operation in self-defense,” said spokesman for the Surigao del Norte Regional Police, Reynel Serrano. From the Police it is assured that Bello shot his agents first.
Captain Wise Vicente Panuelos, police chief of the General Luna Police Station along with the Philippines-Caraga Drug Control Agency and the Mobile-Caraga Regional Battalion, organized a device on Wednesday morning to stop Beautiful in your residence. “Right after the exchange of money and cocaine, he noticed that the men were approaching him, took out his 45-caliber weapon and began shooting at us,” Panuelos said. He also noted that after the shooting they recovered 15 grams of cocaine more.
Diego Bello, who lacked a background, settled two years ago on the island of Siargao. He was engaged in businesses related to tourism. Several human rights organizations have denounced that the Philippine police falsify evidence to justify extrajudicial executions in the war on drugs that began three years ago under the mandate of President Rodrigo Duterte.