By RICHEL UMEL and ERCEL MAANDIG
February 15, 2020
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: Separate anti-drug operations in Marawi and Cagayan de Oro cities resulted in the arrest of two suspects who yielded a combined value of PHP7.3 million worth of shabu.
Saturday’s operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao office (PDEA-Barmm) resulted in the arrest of suspects Jamil Khalil and Sarangani Bangcorong Khalil, who were caught in possession of 1 kilogram of shabu worth PHP6.8 million.
Abraham Kalim, PDEA-Barmm team leader, said the Khalils were arrested in a buy-bust around 11:45 a.m. on the Amai Pakpak National Highway in Marawi City.
The Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, the 82nd, and 55th Infantry Battalions, the 1403rd Regional Mobile Force Battalion, and Marawi City Police Station took part in the operation.
Col. Jose Maria Cuerpo, 103rd Brigade commander, vowed to continue to support the PDEA enforce the law and “work to changing the people’s outlook and perception on illegal drugs in Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.”
“More Meranaws want the illegal drugs to be eradicated, as they are now the ones giving tips to authorities to identity big-time drug peddlers),” Cuerpo said in Filipino.
Police said the suspects were brought to Cotabato City for appropriate filling of cases.
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Meanwhile, the Police Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) of the Police Regional Office-10 arrested Benjamin Bejec Daculos Jr, 40; and Mark Anthony Macabudbud Hipolito, 23, in a buy-bust in Cagayan de Oro City Friday.
Both suspects are considered “high-value targets.”
Daculos and Hipolito yielded a caliber .22 revolver loaded with live ammunition, and 10 large sachets of shabu with an estimated street value of PHP500,000, police said.
Police said the suspects were under surveillance for two weeks before they were arrested and that appropriate cases are being prepared against them.